Under new Kentucky law, 18-year-olds can serve alcohol at restaurants

July 14, 2022

By WLKY Digital Team
July 14, 2022

Younger servers can now bring you your alcoholic drinks in Kentucky.

House Bill 252 allows 18-year-olds to serve alcohol or work in alcohol distribution warehouses as long as they are supervised by someone at least 20 years old.

Venues all over the state had been trying to combat the 20-year-old age requirement, so much so that state lawmakers decided to step in.

A statement back in August by some state lawmakers said why they felt this change made sense.

“We’re talking about someone who is 18, who is eligible for the draft, can go into service, and is legally an adult,” Republican Sen. John Schickel said. “It’s not like they would be behind the bar alone at 1:30 a.m. They would be under the supervision of someone who is 21 years old serving tables.”

The law takes effect on Thursday.

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