How Old Do I Have to be to Bartend?

How Old Do I Have to be to Bartend?

One question that we see a lot with prospective students (and their parents) is if they are too young to bartend, or if they should bartend while in school.

At any given time at Mixology Wine, about 1/4th of our students are under 21.  Especially if you’re in school, it’s very easy to bartend before you reach the legal drinking age.  The only obstacle is the state that you’re in.  In Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, the age to legally bartend is 18.  But if you go to school somewhere else, it’s good to find out the legal age in your state, the full list is below.

AL – 21

AK – 21

AZ – 19

AR – 18

CA – 21

CO – 18

CT – 18

DE – 21

DC – 21

FL – 18

GA – 18

HI – 18

ID – 19

IL – 18*

IN – 21

IA – 18

KS – 21

KY – 20

LA – 18

MA – 18

ME – 18

MD – 18*

MI – 18

MN – 18

MS – 18

MO – 21

MT – 21

NE – 19

NV – 21

NH – 18

NJ – 18

NY – 18

NM – 21

NC – 21

ND – 21

OH – 21

OK – 21

OR – 21

PA – 18

RI – 18

SC – 21

SD – 18

TN – 18

TX – 18

UT – 21

VT – 18

VA – 21

WA – 21

WV – 18

WI – 18

WY – 21

* Indicates Stricter Cities of 21