What is the Legal Bartending Age?
Many people think the legal bartending age is 21 since each state has it’s own laws, in some states the age is 18. So check the law as you may be able to start now, while in other states you may have to wait til your age is 21!
Legal bartending age by state
Find your state in the table below. If you are not the legal age, you can start as a bar back or a server. Once you have your foot in the door, you can learn the ropes, and move up to a bartender job. As a server, however, you can serve drinks, but not pour. It is against the law to pour drinks if you are not the legal age in your state. Therefore never pour a drink if you are not the legal age. The bar will face fines and lose their liquor license, resulting in the bar being closed.
Even If you are not the legal age you should get TIPS, since it’s great for your resume to be TIPS certified. Employers prefer Employees with TIPS when they apply for a job. If you are not TIPS certified you are less likely to be hired. You can get TIPS certified here.
Learn more at the ATF website.
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