Everything You Need to Know About Types of Liquor Licenses in Texas

In Texas, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is responsible for issuing and regulating liquor licenses. Texas offers various types of liquor licenses to accommodate different establishments and activities involving the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Here are some common types of liquor licenses in Texas:

1. Mixed Beverage Permit (MB)

A Mixed Beverage Permit, also known as an MB license, allows the sale and consumption of mixed beverages (spirits mixed with other ingredients) for on-site consumption. This license is typically held by bars, restaurants, hotels, and other establishments that serve mixed alcoholic beverages.

2. Mixed Beverage Late Hours Permit (LB)

A Mixed Beverage Late Hours Permit, also known as an LB license, is an extension of the Mixed Beverage Permit that allows the sale of mixed beverages for on-site consumption between 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. This permit is optional and subject to additional requirements and fees.

3. Private Club Registration Permit (N, P, or Q)

A Private Club Registration Permit allows private clubs to sell alcoholic beverages to their members and their guests for on-site consumption. Depending on the specific type of private club, such as non-profit, profit, or qualified resort, different permit designations (N, P, or Q) apply.

4. Package Store Permit (P or Q)

A Package Store Permit allows the retail sale of packaged alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption. Package stores include liquor stores, wine and spirits shops, and other retail establishments where customers can purchase alcoholic beverages to take home. The specific permit designation (P or Q) depends on the alcohol content of the beverages sold.

5. Winery Permit (G)

A Winery Permit, designated as a G permit, permits the production, wholesale distribution, and retail sale of wine on the licensed premises. Wineries may have tasting rooms or retail spaces where customers can sample and purchase their wines.

6. Brewery License (B)

A Brewery License, designated as a B license, allows for the production, wholesale distribution, and retail sale of beer on the licensed premises. Breweries can include taprooms or tasting rooms where customers can sample and purchase their beer.

7. Distiller’s and Rectifier’s Permit (D)

A Distiller’s and Rectifier’s Permit, designated as a D permit, permits the production, wholesale distribution, and retail sale of distilled spirits on the licensed premises. Distilleries can include tasting rooms or retail spaces where customers can sample and purchase their spirits.

These are some common types of liquor licenses in Texas. Each license type has specific requirements, restrictions, and application processes. It’s important to consult the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) or seek legal advice to ensure compliance with the relevant regulations and procedures for obtaining and maintaining a liquor license in Texas.