Many Florida residents join private clubs where they can socialize with fellow members, perhaps, play sports together and enjoy many diverse activities. These facilities may or may not have a license to sell or serve alcohol. A private club is not eligible for a liquor license unless it has been in existence and functioning for two consecutive years. There are also specific laws regarding the serving or sale of alcohol once a license has been obtained.
Under state beverage laws, only members of a private club may buy or be served alcohol at the club. The members are also the only people who are permitted to consume alcohol on the premises. A member cannot purchase or request alcohol, then give it to a non-member. Members consuming or purchasing alcohol in a private club must be age 21 or older.
Containers and volume must be in compliance with beverage laws
In addition to selling and serving alcohol in a private club in Florida only to members, the alcohol being served cannot exceed 1.75 liters per serving. A private club can only serve alcohol in individual containers. There are also rules regarding how small a container can be.
Any alcohol served in a private club in Florida must be consumed on the premises. If a non-member of the club acquires use of the premises for a private party or social event, the standing regulations and state beverage laws still apply, meaning no non-member may purchase, receive or consume alcohol at the club. Anyone facing legal problems stemming from alcohol issues in a private club may wish to consult with an experienced business law attorney for guidance and support.