In Arkansas there aren’t any state regulations in place that require a server or bartender to be licensed in order to sell alcohol.
It is important to keep in mind though that some employers will require bartenders to complete such courses regardless of state or city laws.
Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In Arkansas:
- 19 years old to serve in a restaurant as long as you have a permit (check below for details)
- 21 years old to work at a bar
Permits to Serve Alcohol in Arkansas:
- The Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Division provides a 4-hour educational seminar twice every month. Applicants are required to attend before a permit is issued.
- Find the dates of every Educational Seminar here under “Calendar of Events”
- Our suggestion: Take the permit course online here.
Other Requirements That May Be Helpful:
- Driver’s License or Passport
- Good Communication Skills
- Be able to stand long periods of time
- Knowledge of basic drink recipes
- It is important to note that Arkansas does not allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays.
- Nearly half of the counties in Arkansas are dry (prohibit any sale of alcohol) and some jurisdictions in wet counties are also dry.
- Here is the state’s Wet/Dry map as of 2014
To find out more information and which counties allow the sale of alcohol, please contact your local City Clerk’s office.