We have received several calls from Mixed Beverage clients about the practice of allowing customers to bring their own wine into a restaurant to drink with a meal. We would like to caution you that this practice is strictly prohibited by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and could jeopardize your permit as well as subject you (the permittee) to possible criminal penalties. As a reminder, no alcoholic beverages may be brought onto or taken away from a Mixed Beverage Premise with the exception of an open and unfinished bottle of wine purchased from the restaurant with a meal. This applies to both Mixed Beverage and Private Club permittees.
The TABC has announced amendments to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code with regard to possession of certain alcoholic beverages by permit holders for cooking purposes. The 81st Legislature has passed legislation to allow certain retailers to possess distilled spirits for cooking purposes by agency administrative rule.