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For any business intending to sell, distribute, or serve alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, or spirits to the general public, obtaining a liquor license is a mandatory requirement. The cost and classification of liquor licensing vary based on the specific preferences of the license holder.

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Below you will find a list of some of the licenses types. These are the most popular licenses requested. There are many more categories or liquor licenses our there that are sure to fill your needs. Contact us for the liquor license that fits your particular situation.

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New York Drugstore or Grocery Beer

Great for selling only beer for off-premises consumption. If you desire to be able to sell wine coolers and other wine products, you need the license listed below.
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Grocery or Drug Store Beer And Wine Products

This license is good for selling beer and wine products for off-premise drinking. Wine coolers or Smirnoff Ice would qualify as a wine product.
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Restaurant Wine

The on-premises consumption and sale of beer and wine can be authorized by this license. However, the Restaurant Wine license is specifically intended for establishments that primarily generate their profits from food sales and not alcohol. If you are interested in obtaining more information about the restaurant wine and beer license, please click on this link.

Obtaining this license is crucial for any restaurant that aims not just to survive, but to flourish, particularly in the aftermath of the 2020 pandemic. Contact us to inquire about this license and determine if your proposed location or current business meets the requirements.
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Eating Place Beer

This license is specifically for the consumption of beer at the establishment. In order to obtain this license, it is necessary to both prepare and serve food on the premises. The primary source of income for the establishment must come from the sale of food, not beer. However, it is permitted to sell beer for consumption outside of the premises. It is important to note that the sale of wine is not allowed under this license.
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On Premises Liquor (aka Standard NY Bar License)

This allows for on-premises liquor consumption of liquor, wine and beer. Only beer may be sold for off-premises consumption. Food must be served at the establishment. Note that unlike the Restaurant Wine and Eating Place Beer License, does NOT require that food is your main source income.

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Cabaret Liquor License

If you own a restaurant that has a dance area, then the Cabaret Liquor license may be what you need. Cabaret Liquor follows the same rules as the On Premises Liquor (above) but it is given for a location specializing in musical entertainment. To put it in simple terms, this license applies to you if you have a dance floor or host shows.
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Wholesaler Or Manufacturer

If your aim is to distribute beer, wine, and liquor to other merchants, then this license is likely to be the appropriate choice. In most cases, those that hold this license cannot also hold a retaill license (like the ones above). The wholesaler license class covers a broad range of circumstances. To find out what’s right for your specific situation please call us for more details.

You can take it even further by becoming a manufacturer of beer or wine and liquor. There are many benefits to being an alcohol manufacturer. Whether it’s beer, wine or hard alcohol, there are specific licenses to suit your needs.
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Liquor Store License NYC

Liquor Store License

This allows you to sell liquor (which includes wine). You cannot sell beer under a Liquor Store License. Liquor store licenses are subject to both state and sometimes local regulations as is the case for the liquor store license NYC. If you are planning to open a liquor store you should contact us as early as possible. This is important so as to avoid possible problems and issues which can arise from things like your location, the license history or other circumstances. Click here for more information on the Liquor Store license or contact us with your specific situation.
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Importing & Exporting Alcoholic Beverages

If you would like to import or export alcohol we can help you deal with all aspects of this process. Call us and let us help you setup your alcohol import/export business.
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Contact Us For Other Types Of Liquor Licensing

There are many categories for obtaining a liquor license.

Price: Contact us for a quote. Prices vary depending on license type (category). We will help you figure out exactly what you need.

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Federal Alcohol Permit

Depending on your specific circumstances you might need to have what’s popularly known as a Federal Liquor License. This can apply to you especially if you’re a manufacturer of alcohol, wholesaler or if you’d like to do import and export alcoholic beverages. The Federal Permit is just as important as your New York State license because it is essential in order for you to operate your business. We can get both your NY State Liquor License and Federal Permit simultaneously saving you time and headaches. Call us and find out if this permit applies to you and how we can help.

The right to sell liquor is something that many business people in the industry take for granted. Once you have your licensing done make sure that you follow and respect all the rules that apply to your specific class.

If you are selling to the public, make sure you check ID’s. If you are a wholesaler, make sure you keep tabs on the sales and the taxes that you owe. Getting your own accountant is an important part of the process.
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New York State & New York City Liquor License Primer

Permit & Licensing Types

The length of a license and the costs involved differ depending on the type, but it is crucial to bear in mind that the regulations governing alcohol in New York State divide liquor licenses and permits into two main categories: retail licenses and wholesale licenses. The wholesale licenses cover businesses that store, produce, or distribute packaged alcoholic beverages to retailers. The retailers, on the other hand, are authorized to procure, store, and sell alcohol to the public (in accordance with legal guidelines) for both on-site and off-site consumption.

Who’s Eligible

Every application is examined to determine if it meets the requirements for the desired license. There are three primary aspects evaluated during the approval process for a liquor license in New York:

  • The principals on the license.
  • The premises used.
  • The source of capital used for the business.

These are the fundamental factors by which a permit is evaluated. Bear in mind that a permit is granted to a Corporation (for example, XYZ Inc.), the top executives of that corporation (such as John Doe, president of XYZ Inc.), and a site where the enterprise will be conducted (like 34-29 Cherry Lane, New York, and so on).

The question often arises as to what would disqualify someone. There are really only 3 factors that would present some issues when starting. Please note however, as with all things, situations differ so please call us for more info if any of these (except Nr. 1) applies to you. Here they are:

  • Younger than 21 years of age. Obviously if you cannot drink, then partaking in a business that’s all about alcohol doesn’t make much sense.
  • You are NOT a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident with a right to work. Having a liquor license in NY implies that you will be engaged in commercial activities in New York, which also means working legally in the United States. However, there are some exceptions for individuals who arrive on an investor’s visa and possess the necessary financial resources to conduct business in the US.
  • You have been convicted of a crime or misdemeanor. Based on the ABC Law, there is a certain degree of flexibility depending on the nature of the offense, the outcome of the case, and your individual circumstances.

Some licensing require the applicant to deal with their community board. This is must be done, in some cases, before the main license application can be submitted 30 days later.

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Each circumstance is unique, so consider the information given as a foundation for comprehending the process of obtaining a liquor license in New York State. Regardless of your preference, whether it be a distributor or a license for selling beer in a grocery store, ensure that you thoroughly research and acquire the most competent legal assistance available.

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Liquor License NY Facts

The electrifying atmosphere of New York City’s after-dark entertainment is renowned, and a notable component of this lively setting is its assortment of bars, eateries, and clubs offering a wide range of alcoholic drinks. A crucial figure responsible for the smooth operation of this thriving nightlife is the “NYC Liquor License” – an authorization that grants establishments the legal right to sell alcohol. Although the steps involved in acquiring this license are widely known, let’s delve deeper into a few lesser-known details about the liquor license in New York.

The Historical Context

The history of liquor licenses in NY traces back to the era of prohibition. When prohibition ended in 1933, a liquor license became a necessity for businesses wanting to sell alcohol. The current operation of liquor licenses is influenced by the historical background, leading to the implementation of strict measures by the government to promote responsible alcohol selling and consumption.

Not One, but Several Types

Contrary to common belief, there isn’t just one type of liquor license in New York. The state issues different licenses based on factors such as the type of establishment, the kind of alcohol sold, and the time of sale. For instance, a restaurant selling only beer will need a different license than a nightclub offering a full bar.

The Role of the Community

Another lesser-known fact is the substantial role local communities play in the liquor license application process. When a business applies for a new license or a renewal, the State Liquor Authority (SLA) notifies the local community board. The board can support or oppose the application, and while their decision is not binding, the SLA takes it into consideration.

The Price Varies

The cost of a liquor license in NY is not a flat rate. It varies depending on factors like location, the type of license, and even the seating capacity of the establishment. This variation means that two similar establishments located in different parts of the state could end up paying different amounts for their licenses.

The 200-Foot Rule and 500-Foot Rule

Two unique aspects of New York’s liquor licensing laws are the 200-foot rule and the 500-foot rule. The 200-foot rule prohibits the issuance of liquor licenses to establishments on the same street and within 200 feet of a school or place of worship. The 500-foot rule restricts the SLA from approving a license for on-premises liquor consumption if there are already three or more existing establishments with such licenses within 500 feet.

The Role of a Liquor License Consultant

Securing a liquor license in NY can be a complex process, and a lesser-known fact is the existence of liquor license consultants. Rezzonator Services liquor licensing experts have an in-depth understanding of the application process and can help navigate the legal landscape, significantly increasing the chances of a successful application.


Securing a liquor license is a critical step for any business intending to serve alcohol in New York. Although it may seem complex, gaining knowledge about these lesser-known elements can offer valuable perspectives and make the process of acquiring a New York liquor license more seamless. Whether your goal is to establish an intimate wine bar in downtown Manhattan or a casual beer establishment by the beach in Long Island, comprehending New York’s liquor licensing procedure is an essential component for achieving success.

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Warning For Retailers

Please remember that the Liquor Authority takes selling alcohol to minors very seriously. Just because someone looks older doesn’t mean that he or she is.

Such violations can attract heavy penalties and may shut down your business permanently. Make sure to ID any and all persons.

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SLA Orders Emergency Suspension for Buffalo Bar

Bar Shut Down

Bar run by 4D Associates Inc, (DBA “Mojos”) in Buffalo New York gets suspension. This was a result of sales to minors that entered the bar by providing IDs that clearly stated they were under 21 years of age. After entering the bar, the minors were able to procure alcohol at the bar without issue.

90 Stores Caught Selling To Minors

Underage Selling Sting

March 28, 2023 – In its campaign against underage-drinking the New York Liquor Authority conducted a sting in Allegany County which resulted in 2 violations. The businesses which allegedly sold to minors were:

SOS Liquor & Wines LLC
43 Main St, Alfred

Gentleman Jims LLC
1 Mill St, Alfred

March 30th, 2023 – Continuing its sting operations, but this time in Erie county, the NYSLA found that 4 out of 10 businesses targeted sold to minors.

Those 4 businesses were:

Village Liquor Store of Depew LLC
6346 Transit Rd, Depew

KD Petroleum Inc. (d/b/a: Smiley’s Convenience Store)
1211 Colvin Blvd, Tonawanda

GBP LLC (d/b/a: Green Buffalo Pub)
165 Lake Ave, Lancaster

EJC Entertainment LLC (d/b/a: Rock Bottom Kitchen & Bar)
6261 Transit Rd, Clarence

April 3rd, 2023 – The sting operations continued in Monroe county where investigators found that 3 out of 10 establisments were selling to minors. They were:

Culver St Paul Convenience Store Inc.
2417 Culver Rd, Rochester

Golden Farms Inc.
2280 Culver Rd, Rochester

233 East Ridge Road LLC (d/b/a: Farm Fresh Express 2)
233 E Ridge Rd, Rochester

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