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AACEA Ohio: Basic Ohio Alcohol Serving Laws Every Server Should Know!

Ohio State does not require that alcohol servers (bartenders, waitstaff, etc.) or alcohol sellers (liquor store staff, grocery store staff, etc.) take a Responsible Alcohol Sales & Service course and receive a certificate, however, the Ohio Department of Liquor Control does still require all employees who are involved in alcohol transactions with customers to know and adhere to Ohio State Liquor Laws.

We have curated the top must-know Ohio Alcohol Laws below for your reference!

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


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


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

19 For beer & wine tastings

21 For liquor tastings

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

Varies The answer to this question oftentimes varies depending on the establishment. Some establishments only allow individuals who are 21 or older to enter, while others allow individuals who are at least 18 to enter. Some establishments even allow individuals who are under 18 to enter if they are accompanied by a legal parent or guardian who is 21 or older.

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

21 There are a few exceptions to this law: A minor can possess and consume alcohol if it is provided by their legal parent, guardian, or spouse who is at least 21 years old.

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


What is the legal BAC driving limit in Ohio State?

.08 If you are over 21

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

.02 If you are under 21

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

Monday-Saturday: 7 AM-2AM

Sunday: 12 PM-2 AM

Please Note: Many restaurants and bars will establish their own house policies to protect them from legal issues and these are oftentimes more strict that the laws mentioned above!

The above Ohio Drinking Laws should provide you with a great foundation, but if you are interested in expanding your knowledge about responsible alcohol sales and service, we welcome you to check out our Online Ohio Alcohol Seller Server Training whenever and wherever is most convenient for you!

Cheers, and Happy Training!

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