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New York Liquor Laws

Please be aware that this document is not intended to provide legal advice. It is a guide only. It is believed to be accurate as of the time of publishing. Liquor laws concerning the sale and service of alcohol vary by state, county, city and municipality.

A general rule is that the strictest regulation prevails. Local laws may be stricter than state laws, but may not be more lenient. For the latest and most accurate information on New York alcohol laws, consult the New York State Liquor Authority website.


State of New York – State Liquor Authority

80 S. Swan Street, 9th Floor

Albany, NY 12210-8002

Phone: 518-474-3114

www.sla.ny.gov


General New York Regulations:

What is the legal drinking age in New York?

The age to consume alcohol is 21.

What is the legal age to sell alcohol in New York?

The age to sell packaged liquor is 18. The age to pour and/or serve alcohol is 18.

What is the DUI Limit in New York?

.08 BAC is the DUI limit for consumers 21 and older.

Is New York a Dram Shop Law State?

Yes. Servers of alcohol may be held liable for serving underage and/or visibly intoxicated patrons.

Is responsible alcohol training mandatory in New York?

It is not currently mandatory, but is highly recommended. Many employers require it, as it can greatly reduce their liquor liability insurance.

Does New York have a corkage law?

As long as the establishment has a license to sell wine and the wine was purchased and consumed with a meal, customers may take home one partially consumed bottle. The bottle must be resealed and placed into a securely sealed transparent bag and the dated receipt must be enclosed with the bottle.