Can Minnesota Kids Drink Alcohol In Bars As Long As Their Parents Are There?
Can Minnesota Kids Drink Alchohol In Bars As Long As Their Parents Are There?
Reading the headline you might be wondering why someone would want their underage child drinking in a bar with them. I don't have an answer to that question, but I do to the Minnesota and underage drinking with parent question.
No. Not in bars and restaurants.
According to Minnesota Statute § 340A.503, a minor is allowed to have and to drink alcohol with their parent's permission but ONLY if it's in the privacy of the parent's or guardian's home.
Seriously? But What If I'm Right There?
No. In Minnesota, it is only legal for minors to drink if it's done in the presence of and inside the home of their parent's or guardian's home.
But They Can Drink It Up In Wisconsin At Home Or A Bar, RIght?
Yes, 100%. Wisconsin law says minors of all ages can drink alcohol in their parent's/guardian's homes AND bars and restaurants, too. There is a limit in Wisconsin, though. The business can ban the consumption of alcohol by minors on their property. The parent cannot force the bar to serve a minor.
Bonus Minnesota Booze Fact -
A minor 18 years or older may enter a part of a licensed business to perform work for the business as an employee, eat a meal, or attend a social event that is not in an area of the business that sells alcohol. (Minn. Stat. § 340A.503(4)
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