Beer and wine rules and regs, from soup to nuts


Only restaurants that seat 30 or more are eligible to apply for a beer and wine license. Tisbury’s rules require beer and wine to be stored in a service area where the wait staff orders and picks up drinks to deliver to patrons seated at a table. If a restaurant has a bar, patrons cannot be served beer and wine beverages while seated at it.

Restaurants that are granted licenses to sell and serve beer and wine cannot permit patrons or employees to bring any alcoholic beverages onto the premises.

However, diners who purchase a bottle of wine with a meal and don’t finish it will be permitted to take it home. Under a state law dubbed the “Merlot to Go” law, they can take their remaining wine home resealed in a special “wine doggy bag.”

Serving beer and wine with snack foods only, such as potato chips, nuts, pretzels, and wings, is not allowed. While single servings of soups, side salads, other side dishes or desserts are not considered a meal under Tisbury’s regulations, multiple servings of items such as those to a customer would qualify as a meal.

Beer and wine must be served by a waitperson with a meal on solid dinnerware, with flatware. No disposable plates or plastic cutlery are permitted. Employees who will serve alcoholic beverages must be trained and certified in TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) prior to the commencement of service.