Tavern

Sale of beer, wine, and liquor for consumption on the premises.  

The managers of all taverns must be registered with the local and state licensing authorities whether a principal to the licensee manages the licensed premises or someone else does.

Requirements

Sales and service

  • Sale, service and consumption of beer, wine, and liquor by the drink for on-premises consumption
  • Must have available a minimum of sandwiches and light snacks to patrons when the sale of alcohol is provided, but tavern licensees can serve as much of a meal as they want.

Hours of operation

Seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

 

Multiple interests

Multiple ownership is legal with the following classes of liquor licenses:

  • Other tavern liquor licenses
  • Hotel and restaurant liquor licenses
  • Hotel and restaurant with optional premises
  • Retail gaming tavern licenses
  • Racetrack licenses
  • Brew pubs
  • Arts liquor licenses
  • Beer and wine licenses
  • Club licenses
  • Public transportation system license
  • Vintner's restaurant licenses
  • 3.2% beer licenses

 

Distance restriction

A 500-foot distance restriction from public and parochial schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries applies to new tavern applications.

Fees

Application fees:

State - $1,100 made payable to the Colorado Department of Revenue plus liquor license fees

State - $1,200 for concurrent review plus liquor license fees

State - $1,100 for transfer of ownership plus liquor license fees

City -   $1,000 plus other fees assigned at time of application

Colorado Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting:  $38.50 per person for anyone who owns at least 10% of the business entity.

License fees will be calculated at the time the application is submitted to the City.

 

Required documents

See documents required for a liquor license application.

Manager registration form(PDF, 240KB). A manager cannot be listed on more than one tavern or hotel and restaurant liquor license.

Individual history form(PDF, 155KB) for manager

Manager - Complete set of fingerprints mailed to Colorado Bureau of Investigation

Additional documents could be required for this class of license.  Check with the Department of Excise and Licenses for specific requirements.

Managers

  • The names of all managers must be provided to the local and state licensing authorities whether a principal to the licensee or someone else manages the licensed premises.
  • The manager of a tavern can only manage one tavern.
  • A manager is required to file a manager registration form, an individual history form, fingerprints and pay a $75 fee to the city and the state.
  • Any changes in mangers of taverns must be reported to the city and the state within five days and a new manager must be registered within 30 days of the change.
  • A manager is required to submit a complete set of fingerprints.