- AliceS Jul 21, 2006 05:37 PM
I posted about this on the midwest board and I think it got deleted. I am wondering what the law is about bringing booze to restaurants which do not have a liquor license, specifically in the Twin Cities, and also in NYC.
My *impression* is that a liquor license is generally a license to sell liquor/wine/beer/etc, and the law doesn't restrict bringing your own. Now, that may be different in different areas. But from my experience in various cities, you can always bring your own if the restaurant allows it. I stress that there may be different laws in different places, and I don't know anything about the Twin Cities' laws specifically.
Having said that, I always call the restaurant ahead of time before bringing my own, for three reasons: (1) some places simply don't let you bring your own, (2) I want to know the corkage fee ahead of time, and (3) I want to know if I need to bring my own glasses (a number of high end restaurants in Chicago, for example, are BYO and do not have wine glasses).
You can take a look at the MN laws here:
The one that jumps out at me is the following:
No business establishment or club which does not hold an on-sale intoxicating liquor license may directly or indirectly allow the consumption and display of alcoholic beverages or knowingly serve any liquid for the purpose of mixing with intoxicating liquor without first having obtained a permit from the commissioner.
You really do have to check local or state ordinances. I know that here in LA County it's common practice to bring your own to places that don't have a license, or are waiting for one, but I've read that this is in fact prohibited, though hardly anyone seems to know that.
There used to be a very nice Italian restaurant just outside of Cave City, Kentucky, which is in a dry county. They quite openly encouraged people to bring their own wine, and charged no corkage.
I did track down something on the NY Liquor Authority web page that seemed to fairly clearly state you can't bring anything into an establishment that doesn't have a license for that particular beverage.
I had posted a link, but you know what happened to that...