Missouri Bartending

In Missouri there aren’t any state regulations in place that require a server or bartender to be licensed in order to sell alcohol.

However, it is important to keep in mind some employers, cities, or counties will require bartenders to complete such courses regardless of state jurisdiction.

Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In Missouri:

  • 21

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

Missouri State-recommended Server Training Program:

The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) of Missouri recommends employees to take advantage of the following program. The more educated and better trained you are as an employee, the less likely you will make mistakes. Please consider the following:


    • Free, online, interactive training program
    • Operated by the University of Missouri
    • This program educates servers of alcoholic beverages about their legal obligations concerning the service of this highly regulated product.
    • Brief and Informative

Additional Resources:

  • There are no DRY counties in the state of Missouri
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Control Districts – Contact Page

For more information, please contact your local City Clerk’s office.

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