Illinois – 21
The age to be a bartender in Illinois is 21 years old.
Bartending Wages in Illinois
- Bartenders on average earn $22,930.
- 10% of workers earn $22,880 or less.
- 10% of workers earn $35,660 or more.
- Workers on average earn $11.03 per hour.
- 10% of workers earn $11.00 or less per hour.
- 10% of workers earn $17.14 or more per hour.
- Minimum Age: The legal drinking age in Illinois is 21. Bartenders must be at least 18 years old to serve alcoholic beverages.
- Alcohol Server Training: Illinois does not have a statewide mandatory alcohol server training requirement. However, some local jurisdictions or establishments may still choose to provide training to promote responsible alcohol service.
- License and Permits: Bartenders and establishments serving alcohol in Illinois may need specific licenses or permits to operate legally. Licensing requirements can vary depending on the type of establishment and local regulations.
- Hours of Sale: Illinois has specific hours during which alcohol can be sold for on-premise consumption. These hours may vary by location, but alcohol sales are generally prohibited between 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM.
- Happy Hour Regulations: Illinois has regulations governing happy hour promotions and drink specials. These rules are designed to prevent excessive alcohol consumption and maintain a safe drinking environment.
- Dram Shop Laws: Illinois has dram shop laws that hold establishments liable for serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals who later cause harm to themselves or others due to alcohol-related accidents.
- Open Container Laws: Illinois generally prohibits open containers of alcoholic beverages in vehicles and public places. However, some local jurisdictions may have specific rules regarding open containers in designated areas.