Types of Liquor Licenses

Having a liquor license is an important condition for you to have the right to sell alcoholic beverages. Correspondingly, you must know what type of license you must acquire and this will vary on the business that you operate, the affair of which you are the host, and the time span of your license.

Essential reminders of the acquisition of license must also be taken into account.

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Retail Liquor License

Regularly obtained type of license is that which allow the selling of multiple alcoholic beverages. This is commonly known as “retail liquor license”. This type of license is considered as Class A. It permits the owner of such business establishment to sell malt beverages as well as wine. An excellent example of these retail businesses are convenience stores and groceries.

Liquor License for Special Events

Another type is the “liquor license for special events”. This is the license acquired by those people who cater in special affairs, public gatherings, and other kinds of events. A distinguishing feature of this type is that it is only limited for a definite time frame. The time frame will depend on how long the event will take place.

Bar and Grill Liquor License

Basing from the name itself, this is the one that are acquired by those people who own bars or lounges. This is classified under Class C liquor license. Owners of these bars and lounges are warranted to sell alcoholic beverages to any person who is of legal age to drink such beverages, as imposed by their state or locality. The cost of this particular license will depend on how much profit it earns or is expected to earn and where such business establishment is located. For example, those which are located in cities where there are lots of residents and night life establishments tend to issue licenses that are more costly than those located in countryside.

Other Types of Licenses

There are other types of licenses such as those issued to owners of restaurants and other establishment which include in their menu alcoholic beverages. This license is generally referred to as “restaurant licenses”. This kind of licenses also consent the selling of malt beverages. Another type is the “resort license”. This type permits sales of alcoholic liquor and malt beverages under the condition that it must only be within the premises of the resort. Certain requirements are also enforced in this license which the resort owner must comply. Such requirements include the number of seats in the convention facility of the resort, the cost of the resort complex, the service of its restaurants, and the number of hotel rooms. There is also a license meant for the clubs like the veterans and organizations of golfers or fraternities or any other social associations. This is identified as “limited (club) license. However, like the resort license, this type also provides certain conditions. Such condition is that it must only be consumed by members of the organization and their accompanied guests.


  • maniendar said on November 8, 2011
    please give me the details on opening the wholesale liquor shop with license detailed
  • vishwa said on August 5, 2013
    I want to open a bar and restaurant in bangalore . how do i get license for it
  • karthik said on January 9, 2014
    how can i make a bar license please give me the details
  • Thabo. said on January 17, 2014
    I need a license that will allow me to legally run my business until 02am(at least) can you list them for me thanks.
  • Thabo. said on January 17, 2014
    Maybe you can hence advice me how to name the same business thanks.
  • vaibhav said on February 1, 2014
    Pls give inf to obtain a retail liquor shop license in peth taluka nashik dist maharashtra
  • Debansu said on September 19, 2014
    Want to open bar cum restaurant in Kolkata. Kindly guide me how to get bar /liquor and restaurant license.
  • chander said on September 24, 2014
    Sir, I would like to open wholesale liquor shop in north Bangalore ( Banasawadi ), Karnataka. Kindly help us the steps to obtain the license ( MRP ) for the same. Thank you Chander
  • MRIDUL K J said on October 5, 2014
    Hello Sir, I am looking for setting up a MRP liquor outlet in Bangalore , a particular area is not yet decided as i want to take your opinion and then proceed . And I need to know how to obtain retail liquor license, my contact no. 8105677702, email : kj.mridul@india.com. Thank you, yours faithfully Mridul
  • Sridhar Babu.B said on November 11, 2014
    Dear sir, I am looking to start a MRP liquor outlet in bangalore near by kr puram pls let me know how to obtain license for the same and procedure and document that i should submit. thanking you.
  • deepak said on June 8, 2015
    I am president of a club that's registered under the societies act in april 2012. The club has a functioning club house and indoor games and a restaurant. I want to apply for liquor license for the club. Please advise me regarding the rules and the fees
  • Steve Mitchell said on June 20, 2015
    I need to purchase CL-9 Liquor license to serve liquor in a restaurant, please advise how to go about purchasing it ?
  • Rohan said on June 22, 2015
    i want to set up a retail liquor shop only.. can you please explain the procedure..! were can i get form for license?
  • Tilak said on September 19, 2015
    sir, I want to set up a bar in Dharwad, Karnataka. can you say me how can I archive bar license what procedure I can apply for that
  • sandeep kv said on October 11, 2015
    sir i want to set up retail liquor shop.could you please explain the procedure for the same.place kundapur karnataka.
  • Anoop said on October 11, 2015
    Hello Team, I want to set up a retail liquor shop in Bangalore.Truly appreciate your guidance.Please contact me on 9620792003.


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