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BC’s Responsible Beverage Service Program

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Alcohol and the Law


The Sale and Service of Liquor

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Dispensing liquor

You are permitted to pre-mix drinks by hand or by using such a device as a Bellini machine provided the liquor comes from the original containers purchased from the Liquor Distribution Branch.


Consumption of liquor

Licensees and employees must not consume liquor while working at a licensed establishment or event.


You must ensure that only liquor purchased in your liquor-primary or food-primary establishment or catered event is consumed there. The only exception is 'Bring Your Own Wine' in food primary establishments, for which the restaurant may charge a corkage fee. Liquor must not be consumed within a licensee retail store.


You must be present at a catered event when liquor is consumed (no liquor drop-off is permitted).