AACEA Florida: Basic Florida Alcohol Serving Laws For Servers & Bartenders

If you’re hoping to get a better understanding of Florida’s alcohol laws (whether it be for alcohol serving purposes or drinking purposes), we have put together a list of the top must-know Florida drinking laws below for your reference!

How old do I need to be in Florida State to bartend?

18

How old do I need to be in Florida State to serve alcohol as waitstaff?

18

How old do I need to be in Florida State to conduct alcohol tastings?

18

How old do I need to be in Florida State to enter a bar?

18 There are several cities within Florida that have enacted a 21 and up minimum age policy. So even though 18 is Florida’s legal age to enter a bar, there are several bars that only allow individuals who are 21 or older to set foot inside the bar.

How old do I need to be in Florida State to drink alcohol?

21

How old do I need to be in Florida State to order or purchase alcohol?

21

What is the legal BAC driving limit in Florida State?

.08 If you are over 21 and driving a personal vehicle

.04 If you are over 21 and driving a commercial vehicle

.02 If you are under 21

What are the legal hours for alcohol sales and service at bars and restaurants in Florida State?

7 AM-1 AM There are some cities within Florida that have expanded their hours of alcohol sales and service.

Do I need to take a course to serve alcohol in Florida State?

No Florida State does not currently require that all bartenders and servers complete an Alcohol Server Training course, but it is still highly recommended for alcohol servers and bartenders to complete a course in order to reduce the likelihood of having legal issues held against them or their establishment.

These laws highlight only a few of many Florida State Alcohol Laws, and having this knowledge will provide you with a great foundation when serving alcohol as a bartender or waitstaff, but if you would like to become even more knowledgeable and confident as an alcohol server, we welcome you to check out our Online Florida Responsible Vendor Course whenever and wherever is most convenient for you!

Cheers, and Happy Training!

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