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Businesses that manufacture, distribute, and sell liquor are regulated by
licenses issued from the South Carolina Department of Revenue, and authorized under
Chapter 6 of Title 61 SC Code of Laws.
When referring to SC Code of Laws, liquor licenses (including
beer and wine permits) are issued to three tiers of business types:
A manufacturer, distiller, rectifier, blender, bottler, of alcoholic liquors; including importers who import alcoholic liquors into the US.
Businesses who purchase, acquire, or import alcoholic liquors from manufacturers from inside and/or outside of SC for the purpose of resale.
Retailers are divided into two groups which indicates where the sold alcohol is consumed by the consumer: on-premises or off-premises.
The SCDOR has sole and exclusive power to suspend and revoke a manufacturer's, wholesaler's, or retail dealer's license. Read the regulations below to avoid a
license suspension or revocation:
Operating an ABL Business page to see more information on the following topics:
In accordance with SC Code Sections 61-6-1540 and
61-6-1505 you may sell the following items:
See more information on operating an ABL business.
Liquor by the Drink licenses may conduct tastings of alcoholic liquors and of wine containing in excess of 16.5% provided:
Retail liquor stores may conduct tastings of wine over 16.5% by volume, cordials, and other distilled spirits provided:
SC Code Section 61-6-1640
A holder of a valid
manufacturer license issued by the SCDOR may permit tastings and retail sales of the alcoholic liquors produced at the licensed premises subject to the following limitations:
*10, 11, and 12 do not apply to those businesses that hold a liquor by the drink license (PLB)
SC Code Sections 61-6-1140 and 61-6-1150
No liquor license holder may allow customers to bring their own alcoholic liquor (see SC Code Sections 61-6-4700 and
Beer & Wine page for answers to this question for Beer & Wine Permit holders.
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If you hold a Retail Liquor license and want to sale wholesale to liquor by the drink license holders, you will need to provide the following to the SCDOR Alcohol Beverage License Division:
SC Code Section 61-6-1636 Purchase by, and delivery to, liquor by the drink licensees(A) A person licensed by this article for sale and use for on-premises consumption shall purchase alcoholic liquor for sale by the drink from a licensed retail dealer with a wholesaler's basic permit issued pursuant to the Federal Alcohol Administration Act in any size bottle, except 1.75 liter size bottles.
(B) A licensed retail dealer with a wholesaler's basic permit issued pursuant to the Federal Alcohol Administration Act may deliver, in sealed containers, alcoholic liquor in any size bottle, except 1.75 liter size bottles, to a person licensed by this article to sell alcoholic liquors for on-premises consumption.
The previous license must also be turned in before the new license will be reissued with the Wholesaler marking. You may mail your change to us or come into the District Office to have the new license printed.
No, the law specifically states that liquor by the drink locations may not have liquor in 1.75 liter bottles on the premises. Liquor by the drink locations may have liquor in any other size container.
No, your license only authorizes you to sell liquor by the drink. You cannot sell it by the bottle, sealed or unsealed. Liquor may not be removed from the premises by a consumer.
No. Liquor may not be removed from the premises by a consumer.
An order can be placed online; however, the purchaser must physically go into the seller’s business to obtain the purchased liquor. Alcoholic liquors cannot be delivered to a resident of South Carolina.
Curbside pickup is also not authorized.
No. Bottle service is commonly defined as selling a customer a full bottle of liquor and making cocktails from that bottle at their table.
In no way is bottle service of liquor legal in South Carolina. This includes letting guests purchase a bottle of liquor that the server keeps behind the bar or places in a cage at the table.
Only licensed retail liquor stores can legally sell full bottles of liquor. Restaurants may be licensed to serve liquor by the drink, but they may not sell bottles of liquor.