Updated: April 2023
Opening a bar, package liquor store, or a restaurant that wants to sell spirits and doesn’t meet the requirements for a special food service license can be challenging. In order to sell alcoholic beverages, special steps and licenses are necessary and required in order to be able to legally purchase and sell beer, wine, and liquor. If an establishment wants to sell just wine or beer, obtaining a license is oftentimes less difficult as its an application process submitted to the state.
If a bar, small restaurant, or package liquor store wants to sell liquor, this is a bit more difficult. The number of licenses available is limited, and businesses can only get a license by buying an existing license or through the Florida liquor license lottery.