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Application for a Sport Bar or Pub Liquor Licence


Choose below to read all the Basic Liquor Licence Information (A) you need to know OR More Liquor Licence Information (B) for a more in depth look about a liquor licence for a sportsbar / pub / tavern.

A. BASIC LIQUOR LICENCE INFORMATION ABOUT A SPORT BAR OR PUB

HOW TO GET A LIQUOR LICENCE FOR A SPORT BAR OR PUB LICENCE 

You must submit a comprehensive, written application to the Liquor Board, Liquor Officer and Local Authority (Municipality) of the province in which your premises is located. You will have to include information, zoning documents, photos and detailed plans of your proposed Sport Bar or Pub. It is very important to make sure the licensing authorities can see what you have in mind. This means showing that there is a demand from the public for a licensed Sport Bar or Pub in the area you have in mind. They can only visualize your Sport Bar or Pub if your application is professional, detailed and accurate. If you fail to do this, your application will be postponed or refused. Read more on the Sport Bar or Pub licence application process below.

HOW TO RENEW A SPORT BAR OR PUB LICENCE 

Once you have your Sport Bar or Pub licence, you need to do everything you can to keep it valid. You keep it valid by renewing it every 12 months. Please go to the “Licence Renewal Section” for all the information you’ll need to ensure your licence remains valid and will keep on generating a profit.

HOW TO BUY OR SELL A SPORT BAR OR PUB LICENCE = LIQUOR LICENCE TRANSFER

Buying a licensed Sport Bar or Pub means you don’t have to apply for a new Sport Bar or Pub licence. You can carry on selling liquor without any interruption to your business - while the Sport Bar or Pub’s liquor licence is being transferred to you. However, you’ll have to check the very important items below. It is especially important to check the licensing documents, because without a valid liquor licence, the buyer won’t be able to sell any liquor. The important items to check are :

COSTS TO APPLY FOR A SPORT BAR OR PUB LICENCE

The cost to GET and KEEP a Sport Bar or Pub liquor licence are as follows :

SPORT BAR OR PUB LIQUOR TRADING HOURS

Liquor trading hours are different for most Sport Bar or Pubs, because each province and/or Municipality decides on its own liquor trading hours. For example - A Sport Bar or Pub in Durban (KwaZulu Natal province) may trade until 02h00, but in Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape province) only until 01h00. To show how complicated it can be –

You therefore need to be up to speed with the liquor trading hours for your Sport Bar or Pub at all times. If not, chances are good that you’ll be fined, have to pay penalties or even lose your business.

Contact Us if you want to know the liquor trading hours for your area. Even better – subscribe to our free newsletter and you’ll be updated on import liquor licensing matters.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIQUOR LICENCE FOR SPORT BAR OR PUB AND A RESTAURANT? 

 Liquor Fact - Sport Bar or Pubs mainly focus on selling liquor and providing entertainment, while restaurants mainly focus on selling food.

LIQUOR LICENCE TRAINING SPORT BAR OR PUB STAFF

Sport Bar or Pub staff need to be trained to be aware of the limits of customers' behaviour allowed by the liquor licence conditions. They must also be aware of their own liquor licence boundaries.   For instance - a barman in a sport bar is should be alert, quick, skillful and entertaining.   Clients love a bit of a show when drinks are mixed and tip accordingly.   A Barman will also be responsible to enforce the conditions of the liquor licence.  This means preventing clients from drinking too much, not serving minors and generally making sure no one becomes a nuisance and spoil the experience for others. 

B. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT A SPORT BAR OR PUB LIQUOR LICENCE?

WHY IS A LIQUOR LICENCE IMPORTANT FOR A SPORT BAR OR PUB?

It is important for 2 main reasons –

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A SPORT BAR OR PUB LIQUOR LICENCE?

You can -

Liquor Fact - This can double the income from your Sport Bar or Pub. 

DIFFERENT KINDS OF SPORT BAR OR PUBS

Sport Bar or Pubs can be found just about anywhere and in all sizes. The basic choices really depend on your own likes and dislikes.  The 2 main factors you’ve got to decide upon are : :

ENTERTAINMENT - THAT'S WANT YOUR CUSTOMERS WANT!

Customers of sport bars are – surprise – sport fans.   Apart from wanting to be able to watch sport & music events on multiple screens wherever they may be seated, they also want to be entertained while they socialize with friends or family. Entertainment typically offered includes -

A Sport Bar or Pub liquor licence will usually contain specific conditions for each form of entertainment – when the licence application is approved.   An example of a licence condition may be a limit on the number of devices (ie gambling machines) which may be used.

SPORT BAR OR PUB TARGET MARKET 

The main target market of a Sport Bar or Pub mainly consist of a younger generation – usually 20 – 40 yrs.   The choice of entertainment will depend on the target market of the sport bar (see Entertainment above)   The legal drinking age will be one of the conditions of a sport bar liquor licence.

A SPORT BAR OR PUB LICENCE AS AN INCOME GENERATOR

Liquor sales is the most important income generator for sport bars, being it’s main product.   However, it is often forgotten that a liquor licence also generates income from -

This means the liquor licence of a Sport Bar or Pub is definitely its most important asset - even more so for Sport Bars or Pubs with a gambling licence.   Without a liquor licence, it isn't possible to get a gambling licence.   It's important to remember that to maximise income for a Sport Bar or Pub, the food and liquor need to complement each other. If the food on offer isn’t on par with that offered by rival restaurants,  customers will leave to dine elsewhere.   To discuss additional licensing options for your Sport Bar or Pub, such as a gambling licence or business licence,  Contact Us today!

RUNNING COST OF A SPORT BAR OR PUB LIQUOR SECTION

The running cost of a liquor section of a Sport Bar or Pub is very affordable. It would usually generate more income per square metre of floor space than many other products in the Sport Bar or Pub.

 COST OF BUYING A SPORT BAR OR PUB LICENCE

The Sport Bar or Pub licence forms part of the Sport Bar or Pub business. Therefore, a part of the purchase price of a Sport Bar or Pub will be allocated to the Sport Bar or Pub liquor licence. The amount will depend on the income generated by the liquor section in relation to the total income of the Sport Bar or Pub.

Contact Us - if you are interested in buying or selling a Sport Bar or Pub with a liquor licence. We’ll refer you to reputable business broker in your area.

LICENCE COMPLIANCE AUDIT – NON NEGOTIABLE

If you already own a Sport Bar or Pub with a liquor section or are thinking about buying or selling one – you should have a Licence Compliance Audit done. Why? It is vital to ensure that the liquor licence remains valid and that all licensing documents are in place. Liquor laws and inspection checklists change all the time – which means you need to be up to date. Failing to do so, may not only lose you the income you bargained for, but may result in fines and penalties! Talk to Us  for a licence compliance audit – you’ll never regret it!

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