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  • Writer's pictureMark Stumer

BYOB: Not Legal in New York


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BYOB, or Bring Your Own Bottle, where owners of establishments allow their customers to bring alcoholic beverages to their premises to be consumed on site, is NOT PERMITTED in unlicensed businesses in New York State unless the Certificate of Occupancy for the premise is for less than 20 people.

GENERAL RULE: BYOB is illegal in New York.

You MUST have a license or permit to sell/serve beer, wine or liquor to the public. Venues without a license or permit may not allow patrons to bring their own alcoholic beverages for consumption.  In addition, owners of businesses may not give away alcoholic beverages to their patrons. Those that do are in violation of the NYS Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.

Applicants should be aware that allowing BYOB without a license may jeopardize their chances for approval of their license.

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