In California It’s Now Legal to Drink in Salons


Salons and barber shops in the state of California may soon be able to legally serve patrons alcohol alongside their usual beauty treatments. According to the the Los Angeles Times, a bill was unanimously passed in the Assembly on Thursday, allowing salons to provide beer and wine to customers free of charge.

While many salons across the country already provide alcohol to customers, so far it has been unregulated—and, in most cases, illegal. David Miller, a spokesperson for the author of the bill, Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim), said that Daly believes this is an issue where the law “needs to be updated to reflect modern realities.”

Usually, under state law, businesses must be licensed to serve alcoholic beverages. However, in the 1980s and 90’s, limo companies and companies that provide hot air balloon rides were exempt from that law. This new bill would extend that exemption to beauty salons and barber shops—limiting them to serve a maximum of 12 ounces of beer or wine per client. Also under the law, the drinks have to be provided for free and only during business hours.

The new law is expected to soon move to the Senate for debate. [LA Times][Photo: Flickr/Quinn Dombrowski]