New York State Bans Ticketed Live Music Events at Bars/Clubs


New York state prohibits bars and clubs from offering live music that customers pay for Ticketed or Cover Charge and prohibits venues from advertising live entertainment

In a new ruling on the posted this week on  The State Liquor Authority web site, does allow what it calls “incidental” live music at venues that have permits. That means bands and DJ’s can play but you cant sell tickets or advertise they are there. Below is the entire rulng

Restaurants  and other on premises food and beverage establishments that have a license through the SLA are only allowed to offer on-premise music if their license certificate specifically allows for such activity (i.e., live music, DJ, recorded, etc.). A manufacturer that has an on premises license also must assure that its on premises license certificate specifically allows for the type of music it is offering.  A manufacturer without a separate on premises license may offer music unless its license certificate specifically prohibits such music. 

If offering music, indoors or out, all relevant aspects of the respective Department of Health guidance dining must be followed, e.g., patrons should not be standing except for necessary reasons (e.g., restroom, entering/exiting), standing patrons should wear face coverings, etc.   Performers should be at least 12 feet from patrons. 

All other forms of live entertainment, such as exotic dancing, comedy shows, karaoke etc., are not permissible currently regardless of phase. 

Additionally, please note that only incidental music is permissible at this time.  This means that advertised and/or ticketed shows are not permissible.  Music should be incidental to the dining experience and not the draw itself.