Operating Hours for Selling Alcohol

License Serving days and times* Age of Servers
PB: Off-sale malt beverage

Hours of Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Days of Sale: Seven days a week, including Sundays

Memorial Day: Yes

Christmas Day: Yes

  • If the sale of alcoholic beverages constitutes less than 50 percent of gross business transacted by the establishment, the minimum age to sell alcoholic beverages is 18. There is no requirement to have an employee age 21 or older on duty. (35-4-79.1)
  • If the business derives 50 percent or more of its gross business from the sale of alcoholic beverages, the minimum age is 21 to sell alcoholic beverages.
PF: Off-sale malt beverage and South Dakota farm wines

Hours of Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Days of Sale: Seven days a week, including Sundays

Memorial Day: Yes

Christmas Day: Yes

PL: Off-sale package liquor

Hours of Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Days of Sale: Monday through Saturday. May sell spirits, wine and malt beverages on Sundays if the local governing body has passed an ordinance allowing it.

Memorial Day: May sell spirits, wine and malt beverages on Sundays if the local governing body has passed an ordinance allowing it.

Christmas Day: No

RB: On/off-sale malt beverage

Hours of Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Days of Sale: Seven days a week, including Sundays

Memorial Day: Yes

Christmas Day: Yes

  • If less than 50 percent of the gross business is from the sale of alcoholic beverages, then an employee age 18 or older may sell or serve alcoholic beverages as long as there is an employee on the premises who is at least 21 years of age. An employee under the age of 21 may not, however, tend bar, draw, or mix alcoholic beverages. (35-4-79)
  • If 50 percent or more of the business transacted is from the sale of alcoholic beverages, then an employee selling the alcohol must be at least 21 years of age.

The minimum age is 21 to mix and pour alcoholic beverages.

BW: On/off sale malt beverage & on/off sale South Dakota wines license

Hours of Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Days of Sale: Seven days a week, including Sundays

Memorial Day: Yes

Christmas Day: Yes

RL: On-sale liquor

Hours of Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Days of Sale: Monday through Saturday. May sell spirits, wine, and malt beverages on Sundays if approved by the local governing body. (35-4.2.1

**Memorial Day: May sell spirits, wine and malt beverages on Sundays if the local governing body has passed an ordinance allowing it.

**Christmas Day: No

RR: On-sale liquor in non-smoking, full-service restaurant

Hours of Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Days of Sale: Monday through Saturday. May sell spirits, wine, and malt beverages on Sundays if approved by the local governing body. (35-4.2.1)

**Memorial Day: May sell spirits, wine and malt beverages on Sundays if the local governing body has passed an ordinance allowing it.

**Christmas Day: No

RW: On/off sale wine

Hours of Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Days of Sale: Seven days a week, including Sundays

Memorial Day: Yes

Christmas Day: Yes

HP: Hunting preserve (can only serve paying guests. 9/1-3/31

Hours of Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Days of Sale: Monday through Saturday. May sell spirits, wine, and malt beverages on Sundays if approved by the local governing body. (35-4.2.1)

**Christmas Day: No


*IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL LICENSEES: This chart shows what is permitted under state law. Local ordinances may be more restrictive than the state law, so check with your local officials regarding local ordinances.

Malt beverage: Beer or alcohol coolers that have the term "malt-based" on the label.

Video lottery establishments: A person must be at least 21 years of age to enter an area where there is video lottery. That includes serving alcohol in that area.

** If the establishment holds an on/off sale malt beverage license in addition to their on sale liquor license, under state law they may sell malt beverages on Memorial Day and Christmas Day. Local ordinances may be more restrictive.

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