Liquor Policy


  • Patrons must use a liquor licensee from the Civic Center's approved list
  • All state and local laws are in effect and will be enforced for the service of alcoholic liquor
  • Liquor licensees are required to provide a certificate of dram shop liability insurance listing the City of Carbondale as additionally insured for the specific event, including date and time or an annual blanket; this must be received no later than 14 days before the scheduled event to avoid cancellation of the reservation
  • The service of liquor is not allowed before 8 a.m., Monday through Saturday, before 11 a.m. on Sunday, or after midnight, Monday through Saturday
  • When liquor is sold on Civic Center premises in conjunction with beer or wine-tasting events, the seal of the purchased package(s) is not allowed to be broken on-premises
  • Liquor may only be served and must remain in room(s) rented - no alcohol outside the building. The lessee and liquor caterer shall be jointly responsible for the enforcement
  • There will be a beverage surcharge for all events with liquor; the surcharge varies with the number of attendees
  • In the case where the City of Carbondale deems it necessary, the lessee will be required to pay for an off-duty police officer to monitor the event
  • Alcohol can only be served at events where food is provided
  • Open Bar / Cash Bar Procedures:
    • Patrons cannot serve themselves; only the employer of the liquor caterer may serve alcoholic beverages
    • No more than one drink per person at a time
    • No selling, delivering, or offering drinks by the pitcher
  • The City reserves the right to terminate the serving of alcohol at any time during the event

All procedures for the service of alcoholic liquor will be strictly enforced. Failure to follow procedures will result in removal from the approved liquor licensee list and may result in the submission of violations to the Liquor Control Commission.

Type of Events Alcoholic Beverages Allowed

  • All activities for persons under age 21 - No
  • Banquets - Yes
  • Business Board Meetings - Yes
  • Concerts - Open to General Public - No
  • Political Fund Raisers - Yes
  • Private Trade Shows and Exhibitions - Yes
  • Reunions - Yes
  • Sports Events - Live or Televised - No
  • Trade Shows - Open to General Public - No
  • Wedding Receptions, Anniversaries, and Birthdays - Yes