B.C. Liquor Laws at a Glance

New for 2014

  • Sales of B.C. wine and other alcoholic beverages permitted in grocery stores.
  • Producers able to sample and sell their made-in-B.C. wine and other craft alcoholic beverages at venues such as farmers' markets, festivals and off-site tasting rooms.
  • On-site tasting venues at wineries expanded, allowing for consumption in vineyards, picnic areas, etc.
  • No more cordoned-off "beer gardens" at festivals, giving tipplers more freedom to roam.
  • Visitors permitted to carry alcoholic beverages - such as a glass of wine from the lobby or hotel bar - to their room.
  • Room service hours for liquor sales extended at hotels.
  • The return of "Happy Hour" in B.C. - permitting discounted alcohol sales during a specific time period at licensed establishments.
  • Children permitted to dine with their families in pubs.

Previous Changes

  • Consumers permitted to bring their own bottle of wine to a restaurant to enjoy with their meal. Restaurant participation is voluntary and a corkage fee applies.
  • Patrons may take home unfinished bottles of wine from a bar or restaurant.
  • Movie and live-event theatres can apply for a license to serve alcohol.
  • Breweries and distilleries are permitted to have on-site lounges or tasting rooms.
  • Pilot project launched for walk-in beer and wine refrigerated coolers in several British Columbia government liquor stores.
  • Law revoked restricting wineries from shipping products to consumers in other provinces.
  • Law revoked forbidding consumers from bringing alcohol across interprovincial borders.
  • Wineries permitted to open on-site restaurants and sell wine by the glass.
  • Licenses granted for Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) shops selling 100 per cent B.C. wine.