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Bring Own Wine Into Restaurants

Concerning requiring certain establishments that are licensed to sell alcohol beverages for on-premises consumption to allow a customer to bring one bottle of wine into the licensed premises for consumption on the premises.
2020 Regular Session
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Bill Summary

The bill requires an establishment that holds a hotel and restaurant license to sell alcohol beverages for consumption on the premises to allow a customer of the licensee who is at least 21 years of age to bring one container containing up to 750 milliliters of vinous liquor into the licensed premises where meals are actually and regularly served for the on-premises consumption by the costumer or the customer and the customer's companions who are also at least 21 years of age during a meal that the customer, and the companions of the customer, if any, have ordered from the licensee, unless:

  • The customer has brought a container of vinous liquor into the licensed premises in the previous 24 hours;
  • The licensee or any agent of the licensee reasonably believes that the customer is under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • The licensee has ceased serving meals for the day or is preparing to cease serving meals for the day; or
  • The licensee reasonably believes that the customer has committed any of certain unlawful acts on the licensed premises.

The bill allows a customer to reseal and remove from the licensed premises an opened container of partially consumed vinous liquor that the customer brought into the licensed premises.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. K. Donovan



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details