- Make sure you understand the Liquor Licence Act and Regulations.
- Create and enforce house polices that promote responsible service and moderate alcohol consumption.
- Post your Liquor Sales Licence or Special Occasion Permit.
- Ensure that staff/volunteers serving liquor are at least 18 years.
- Assign a trained staff member (or professional security) to monitor the door.
- Check the identification of people you suspect are under 19 years of age.
- Ensure the number of people on the premises is within lawful capacity.
- Station the bar far from the door, in a spot where people aren't always passing it.
- Serve drinks to guests rather than offering a self-serve bar.
- Hire a professional bartender who completed the SMART SERVE program.
- Hire a caterer with trained staff. Caterers can include both independent operators and restaurants that carry catering endorsements.
- Provide a variety of food items because the consumption of food slows down the absorption of alcohol.
Note: limit salty foods as they make people thirstier.
- Close your bar well before the scheduled end of the party
- Plan to have servers circulating around the room refilling people's glasses. People often accept drinks they don't really need.
- Plan physical activities like swimming, skiing, snowmobiling or skating when you serve alcohol. People are more prone to accidents when they've been drinking.
- Allow the number of guests to exceed the legal capacity of the premises.
- Sell multiple tickets to one guest.
- Price alcohol too low since this will encourage heavy drinking.