Random Tennessee Law: Where can you consume alcohol in Tennessee?

05 October 2012 Categories: All Blogs

Did you know Tennessee law has a whole list of places that can sell and where you can consume alcohol? Check out the full text of the law below. For example, you can’t sell alcohol during normal operating hours at a zoo, but you can have beer and wine at a special fundraising event. Have a great weekend!

T.C.A. § 57-4-101.  Premises on which certain sales and consumption authorized.

(a) It is lawful to sell wine and other alcoholic beverages as defined in § 57-4-102, and beer as defined in § 57-6-102, to be consumed on the premises of, or within the boundaries of, any:

(1) Hotel, commercial passenger boat company, paddlewheel steamboat company, restaurant, commercial airlines, or passenger trains meeting the requirements hereinafter set out, within the boundaries of the political subdivisions, wherein such is authorized under § 57-4-103;

(2) Premier type tourist resort or club as defined in § 57-4-102, to guests of such resort and to members and guests of members of such clubs, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103;

(3) Convention center as defined in § 57-4-102, to those in attendance at the convention center, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than §§ 57-3-210(b)(1) and 57-4-103;

(4) Historic performing arts center as defined in 57-4-102, to those in attendance at the performing arts center, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103;

(5) Historic interpretive center as defined in § 57-4-102, to those in attendance at such interpretive center, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than §§ 57-4-103 and 57-3-210(b)(1);

(6) Community theater as defined in § 57-4-102, to those in attendance at such community theater, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103;

(7) Historic mansion house site as defined in § 57-4-102, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103;

(8) Terminal building of a commercial air carrier airport as defined in § 57-4-102, subject both to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103, and to the approval of a majority of the governing board of such commercial air carrier airport;

(9) Zoological institution as defined in § 57-4-102, to those in attendance at the zoological institution, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103. No such wine, alcoholic beverages or beer shall be served during the regular operating hours where the institution is open to the general public unless a special event is scheduled for fund-raising purposes which is by invitation or for which an admission is charged for such event;

(10) Museum as defined in § 57-4-102, to those in attendance at the museum, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103. No alcoholic beverage or beer shall be served during the regular operating hours when the museum is open to the general public except at a restaurant located on the premises of such museum or at a special event scheduled for fund-raising purposes when such event is either by invitation or admission is charged;

(11) Commercial airline travel club as defined in § 57-4-102, located within a terminal building of a commercial air carrier airport as defined in § 57-4-102, subject both to the further provisions of this chapter, other than § 57-4-103, and to the approval of a majority of the governing board of such commercial air carrier airport;

(12) Public aquarium as defined in § 57-4-102, to those in attendance at the public aquarium subject to the provisions of this chapter;

(13) Aquarium exhibition facility as defined in § 57-4-102, to those in attendance at such facility subject to the provisions of this chapter. Such alcoholic beverages, wine and beer shall only be sold on such premises at special functions, wherein attendance is limited to invited guests or groups, the function is not open to the general public, and the area in which the function is held is not open to the general public during such function;

(14) Caterer licensed under this chapter as well as at such other sites as the licensed caterer has given advanced notice to the commission. Such sites shall be considered to be within the licensed premises for the purposes of this chapter;

(15) Sports authority facility as defined in § 57-4-102, to those in attendance at such sports authority facility, subject to the further provisions of this chapter. A sports authority facility constitutes an urban park center for the purposes of the taxes provided in § 57-4-301;

(16) Theater as defined in § 57-4-102, to those in attendance at such theater, subject to the further provisions of this chapter. Such alcoholic beverages, wine and beer shall only be sold on such premises in the area accessible only to persons twenty-one (21) years of age or older;

(17) Restaurant as defined in § 57-4-102(29)(H), located in any county having a population of not less than seventeen thousand four hundred seventy-five (17,475) nor more than seventeen thousand five hundred seventy-five (17,575), according to the 2000 federal census or any subsequent federal census, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103;

(18) Retirement center as defined in § 57-4-102;

(19) Tennessee River resort district as defined in § 57-4-102, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103;

(20) Civic arts center as defined in § 57-4-102, to those in attendance at the civic arts center, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103; and

(21) Limited service restaurant as defined in § 57-4-102, wherein such is authorized under § 57-4-103.

(b) It is lawful to sell wine and other alcoholic beverages as defined in § 57-4-102, to be consumed on the premises of any:

(1) Permanently constructed facility within an urban park center as defined in § 57-4-102, to those in attendance at the urban park center, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than §§ 57-4-103 and 57-3-210(b)(1);

(2) Any motor speedway as defined in § 57-4-102, to the patrons and guests of such motor speedway, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103. The phrase ‘premises of any motor speedway’ includes any permanent or temporary structure erected on the motor speedway site as defined in § 57-4-102(22)(A); and

(3) Country club located on an historic property, as defined in § 57-4-102, to the patrons and guests of such country club, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103.

(c) It is lawful to sell wine, as defined in § 57-4-102, to be consumed on the premises of any:

(1) Restaurant located within the boundaries of any political subdivision which has authorized the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises as provided in § 57-4-103, subject to the further provisions of this chapter. Notwithstanding the minimum seating requirement for a restaurant in § 57-4-102, a restaurant operating under this subsection (c) shall have a seating capacity of at least forty (40) people at tables, except in central business improvement districts located in counties having a population of eight hundred thousand (800,000) or more according to the 2000 federal census or any subsequent federal census where such restaurants shall have a seating capacity of at least twenty-four (24) people; and

(2) Bed and breakfast establishment as defined in § 57-4-102, to the guests of the bed and breakfast establishment, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103.

(d) It is lawful to serve wine and other alcoholic beverages as defined in § 57-3-101, and beer as defined in § 57-6-102, to be consumed on the premises of any club as defined in § 57-4-102(8)(G), to the guests of the club, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103; provided, that such club is located in a county having a population of not less than one hundred three thousand one hundred (103,100) nor more than one hundred three thousand four hundred (103,400) according to the 1990 federal census or any subsequent federal census, and in a municipality which lies within two (2) contiguous counties.

(e) It is lawful to serve wine as defined in § 57-3-101, and beer as defined in § 57-6-102, to be consumed on the premises of any restaurant as defined in § 57-4-102(29)(G), located in the unincorporated areas of any county having a population of not less than thirty thousand two hundred (30,200) nor more than thirty thousand four hundred seventy-five (30,475), according to the 1990 federal census or any subsequent federal census, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103.

(f) It is lawful to serve wine as defined in § 57-3-101, to be consumed on the premises of any historic inn as defined in § 57-4-102, to the patrons and guests of the historic inn, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103.

(g) It is lawful for a charitable, nonprofit or political organization possessing a special occasion license pursuant to § 57-4-102 to serve or sell wine and other alcoholic beverages as defined in § 57-4-102, and beer as defined in § 57-6-102, to be consumed on a designated premises within the boundaries of a political subdivision wherein the sale of alcoholic beverages at retail has been approved pursuant to § 57-3-106 or wherein the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption has been approved pursuant to § 57-4-103. A special occasion license may also be issued for an event within the unincorporated portion of a county if at least one (1) municipality in such county has approved the sale of alcoholic beverages at retail pursuant to § 57-3-106 or the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption pursuant to § 57-4-103.

(h) Any hotel or motel licensed under this chapter may dispense sealed alcoholic beverages and beer to adult guests through locked, in-room units. Distilled spirits so dispensed shall be in bottles not exceeding fifty milliliters (50 ml.). No person under the age of twenty-one (21) shall be issued or supplied with a key by any hotel or motel for such units. Such units may only be located in any such hotel or motel located in municipalities having a population in excess of one hundred thousand (100,000) if the voters of such municipality have approved the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises by referendum, and in any county in which such municipalities are located if the voters of such county have approved the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises by referendum.

(i) A restaurant or hotel licensed under this chapter may seek an additional license permitting the restaurant or hotel to distribute and sell wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages at locations other than the licensed premises if the restaurant or hotel is providing catering services, if such location is within a jurisdiction where such sales are authorized. A caterer licensed under this chapter may distribute and sell wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages at locations other than the permanent catering hall if the caterer is providing catering services at a location that is within a jurisdiction where such sales are authorized.

(j) It is lawful to serve wine as defined in § 57-4-102 within a special historic district as defined in § 57-4-102 on Fridays and Saturdays. Such establishments serving wine within the special historic district shall not be required to obtain a special occasion license pursuant to § 57-4-102 or be required to obtain server permits pursuant to chapter 3, part 7 of this title. This section shall not apply to any restaurant or bar located within the special historic district.

(k) It is lawful to serve wine, as defined in § 57-3-101, to be consumed on the premises of any restaurant, as defined in § 57-4-102(29)(I), located in any county having a population of not less than sixty-nine thousand four hundred (69,400) nor more than sixty-nine thousand five hundred (69,500), according to the 2000 federal census or any subsequent federal census, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103.

(l) It is lawful to serve wine as defined in § 57-3-101, to be consumed on the premises of any restaurant as defined in § 57-4-102(29)(K), located in any county having a population of not less than one hundred twenty-six thousand six hundred (126,600) nor more than one hundred twenty-six thousand seven hundred (126,700), according to the 2000 federal census or any subsequent federal census, subject to the further provisions of this chapter other than § 57-4-103.

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