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

South Carolina Bartending

It is important to keep in mind some employers will require bartenders to complete such courses regardless of state jurisdiction.

State-recommended Alcohol Server Training Programs:

Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS)

ServSafe Alcohol

Alcohol Risk Reduction Training (ARRT)

Controlling Alcohol Risks Effectively (CARE)


Minimum Age To Serve Alcoholic Beverages In South Carolina:

  • Under 18: May serve beer & wine in sealed containers ONLY. May not serve distilled spirits
  • Over 18 & under 21: May serve beer, wine and distilled spirits in open containers
  • **Persons under the age of 21 may not be employed as Bartenders

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

Additional Information: ** according to Wikipedia 2016

  • The following counties currently allow Sunday beer and wine sales:
    • Richland, Georgetown, Charleston, Beaufort, Horry, Berkeley, Dorchester, Newbery, and York
  • The following cities/ towns currently allow Sunday beer and wine sales:
    • Columbia, Lexington, Spartanburg, Greenville, Travelers Rest, Mauldin, Aiken, Rock Hill, Summerville, Santee, Daniel Island, Tega Cay, Hardeeville, and Walterboro

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

SC Department of Revenue – Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Manager-Recognized Training Program – P.O. Box 125 – Columbia, SC 29214-0907


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