The bill creates a new alcohol beverage license under the "Colorado Liquor Code", referred to as a "lodging and entertainment license", for a lodging and entertainment facility that, as its primary business, provides lodging, sports, or entertainment activities to the public and, incidental to that business, sells and serves alcohol beverages for consumption on the premises.
A lodging and entertainment license would operate similarly to a tavern license in that the licensee:
- Is authorized to sell alcohol beverages only by the drink to customers for on-premises consumption;
- Must make sandwiches and light snacks available to its customers during business hours;
- Must purchase its alcohol beverage products only from a licensed wholesaler, with limited exceptions;
- Cannot have an interest in businesses licensed under the "Colorado Liquor Code" as a manufacturer, wholesaler, or retail establishment that only sells alcohol beverages for off-premises consumption; and
- Must have a registered manager for each licensed premises who is responsible for purchasing alcohol beverages for the licensed premises he or she manages.
The bill requires a current tavern licensee that qualifies as a lodging and entertainment facility or qualifies for a different type of license to apply to convert the tavern license to the appropriate license type.
A lodging and entertainment facility licensee is subject to the same state and local annual licensing fees as a tavern, $75 and $500, respectively. Employees of a lodging and entertainment facility who sell alcohol beverages must be at least 21 years of age. A lodging and entertainment facility licensee must post a sign on its licensed premises warning patrons that it is illegal to leave the premises with an alcohol beverage.