How to get a VA ABC Alcohol License for an Event Center


Owners and operators of Event Centers in Virginia are often looking for ways to license their venue to sell or serve alcohol. A licensed venue alleviates customers from having to obtain their own One-Day Banquet license for an event.

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority does not have a license designated for Event Venues; however, with creative planning, a venue can apply for and receive a Wine, Beer, and Mixed Beverage Restaurant License if they meet the parameters of qualifying as a restaurant.

The qualifications for a Wine, Beer, and Mixed Beverage Restaurant License are minimal. The licensee must sell at least 4,000.00 in food each month and of that 2,000.00 must be in the form of an entrée. There are no kitchen requirements, but the licensee must prepare the food on-premises.

The Wine, Beer, and Mixed Beverage Restaurant License take approximately 45 days to be approved. It is a permanent license with an annual renewal. License fees vary on the number of seats. Record keeping must be kept showing qualifying monthly sales.

If an event center does not wish to pursue the restaurant option but wants to allow alcohol consumption they can require their customer to obtain their own One-Day Banquet License. We can assist with such a license.