- The Rusty Bartender
Guide to Licensing Your Mobile Bar
Updated: Mar 7
Today we're going to be discussing an important topic for anyone looking to start a mobile bar business: licensing and workarounds for not having a license.
First, let's talk about licensing. Every Country and the states within them have different regulations for mobile bar businesses, so it's important to check with your local government to see what kind of licensing you'll need. In general, you'll likely need a food service or catering license, as well as a liquor license if you plan on serving alcohol.
Once you've obtained the necessary licenses, you'll need to make sure you're following all of the regulations. This can include things like having a designated driver or sober bartender, checking ID's to ensure no one under the legal drinking age is served, and following all laws related to serving alcohol (such as responsible serving of alcohol).
Now, let's talk about workarounds. One option is that whatever venue you're at they might already have an existing license that your mobile bar can use while on their property. Additionally, you can also offer non-alcoholic drink options, such as mocktails, and still have a successful mobile bar business.
Another workaround is to operate as a "dry hire" mobile bar where you only supply the bar and staff but not the alcohol, the client is responsible for getting and providing the alcohol. It's also important to remember that even if you're able to find a workaround, it's still important to follow all of the regulations and laws in your area to ensure the safety of your customers and the success of your business. For example, here In Australia you will need your RSA certificate to serve alcohol. In conclusion, starting a mobile bar business requires careful consideration of licensing and regulations, but there are workarounds available that can still allow you to have a successful business. As always, make sure to check with your local government to ensure you're in compliance with all laws and regulations.
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