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Are bars required to have patrons become members and sign in when they visit?

Andrew Dunn

Bar patrons wait to get inside the Sidebar in downtown Wilmington.

Any bar that serves mixed drinks but is not part of a restaurant is required to have patrons become members and sign in, said N.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Commission spokeswoman Agnes Stevens.

“Technically, there aren’t any ‘bars’ anymore, unless they’re just selling beer and wine,” Stevens said. The new term is “private club.”

To be classified as a restaurant, at least 30 percent of an establishment’s food and drink revenue should be nonalcoholic, according to state ABC guidelines. There must be a kitchen and inside seating for at least 36 people .

Hotels, convention centers, community theaters, nonprofits and political organizations are also eligible for mixed-drink permits.

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2 Responses to “ Are bars required to have patrons become members and sign in when they visit?”

  1. On February 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm glenn wrote:

    Patrons DO NOT have to sigh in every time they come to their private club (or whatever you want to call it). Even A.L.E. agents don’t know this. It is a myth nowhere in the ALE. law book does it state this.

  2. On March 6, 2011 at 8:52 am Craig Shepard wrote:

    WHY didnt the NEW HANOVER CO SHERRIFFS OFC have to apply, purchase and post a license to sell alcohol at the Azaelea/Arts festival last year? And there is a BAR in Wilm,nc …The CapeFear beer and wine! We/”private clubs” should all sell hotdogs so everyone can own a “restaraunt”? Or would Mayor Sappo try to violate everyones rights and give apps to his highest bidders first-LIKE HE DOES NOW!

    Craig Shepard-The Doorman

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