Liquor-By-the-Drink (LBD) licenses or On-Premise Consumption licenses may be issued to restaurants, hotels, private clubs and other establishments that are eligible under Tennessee law. An LBD or On-Premise Consumption license allows an establishment to sell and dispense alcoholic beverages that contain an alcoholic content greater than five percent (5%) by weight, for example, liquor, wine and high alcohol content beer. Wine-only licenses are available for eligible restaurants.
A catering license is available for businesses or individuals that want to offer food and alcoholic beverage service at various locations. In order to be eligible for a catering license, an entity must operate a permanent catering hall on an exclusive basis, have complete and adequate commercial kitchen facilities, and be licensed as a caterer by the Tennessee Department of Health.
The TABC does not have jurisdiction over alcoholic beverages with an alcoholic content of 5% or less – to apply for a beer permit, establishments should contact the local beer board
The process to obtain a LBD license for a restaurant or hotel is described by the Step-by-step guide to obtain a liquor license. For LBD resturant requirements, please see restaurant requirements. The basic LBD requirements for a hotel involve just the Liquor and Wine license, a Wine only license is not available for hotels, see hotel requirements.
LBD licenses are available for other types of establishment, please see others.