• Jerry Thomas

California ABC Posting Requirements for Cocktail Takeout & Delivery

The California Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) in furtherance of the emergency orders issued by California Governor Newsom, provided regulatory relief to all on-sale liquor license holders (i.e., alcohol licensed restaurants, food-serving bars and other food service providers throughout California) allowing from the immediate sale of cocktails for take-out and delivery.

The California regulatory relief allowing for cocktail takeout and delivery comes with a few easily followed conditions. Among these are (1) cocktails must only be sold in conjunction with meals prepared for pick-up or delivery, (2) cocktails must be packaged in a container with a secure lid or cap (no straw holes!), and (3) a warning that puts consumers on notice of limitations regarding open container laws must be prominently posted exactly as set forth below:


Alcoholic beverages that are packaged by this establishment are open containers and may not be transported in a motor vehicle except in the vehicle’s trunk; or, if there is no trunk, the container may be kept in some other area of the vehicle that is not normally occupied by the driver or passengers (which does not include a utility compartment or glove compartment (Vehicle Code Section 23225)). Further, such beverages may not be consumed in public or in any other area where open containers are prohibited by law.

In order to assist California restaurants with this notice requirement, click here for the California ABC’s official notice to be downloaded, printed and posted at your place of business and/or on your restaurant website as applicable.


“Post” means to prominently display on the premises, post online, or present in whatever manner is necessary to ensure that the consumer purchasing, or delivery person transporting, such beverages is given notice of this warning.

In this time of great uncertainty and challenges, all businesses, and in particular those directly impacted by COVID-19 shut-downs such as dine-in restaurants and bars, must seek new and creative ways to help make ends meet. Thankfully, California has now offered a powerful tool by allowing cocktail take-out and delivery, which, together with innovative, cost reducing cocktail solutions such as Somabar, may keep restaurants and its employees open and running in the unpredictable days and weeks to come.

You can read the full California ABC Notice of Regulatory Relief details here.

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