Salons & Barber Shops Serving Beer & Wine in California (2017)

As of January 1, 2017, California beauty salons and barber shops in good standing with the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology are permitted to serve their customers no more than 12 ounces of beer or 6 ounces of wine by the glass for no charge, providing that it is consistent with local zoning.  Of course, that permission does not extend to selling wine or beer, unless the salon or barber shop holds an appropriate beer or wine license issued by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC).

As you might have guessed, barber shops and salons are treated as consumers, and can only purchase beer and wine from persons or companies that are legally licensed to sell to consumers, like licensed retailers and other licensees with retail privileges, such as licensed wineries and breweries.

The licensing process in California is challenging, especially to even understand what type of license or licenses are required.  Please make certain the you obtain qualified and knowledgeable assistance to ensure compliance with applicable rules and law.  One thing is likely: people probably won’t seem to mind the wait next time they visit their salon or barber shop.

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