A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Mobile Alcohol Business

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Whether you’re a first-time mobile business entrepreneur, or you already have an operating food truck and would like to find ways of expanding, adding mobile alcohol services can be a great way to boost your business.

The mobile alcohol business is attempting to follow in the footsteps of food truck entrepreneurs and pave their own path to solid revenue streams.

As food delivery keeps gaining popularity, so does the alcohol delivery business and mobile booze trucks.

If you want to take the next step into starting your own mobile alcohol business, keep reading! 

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Wondering what different types of mobile alcohol businesses are out there? Picture these options: a bar on wheels, a wine tasting truck, or a mobile mixology operation. 

A Bar On Wheels

A bar on wheels sounds simple enough, but there are many things you need to consider before you dive in. You need to make sure that your state regulations allow for such a thing and learn exactly what the regulations and restrictions are. 

After that, it’s time to decide whether you’ll be serving strictly beer & wine, or if you’ll be adding liquor to the mix. 

When you’ve figured out what works best for your situation, it’s time to get your permit (or possibly multiple permits). Most places have two separate permits—one for beer and wine and another for liquor. 

There may be additional permits needed for the “mobile” aspect of our business, depending on your jurisdiction. And remember, it’s against the law to operate any business without the correct permits!

Once you’ve got your permitting out of the way, you’ll also need the right equipment to make this happen.

Mobile Wine Tasting

Staring a mobile wine tasting business adds an extra twist to the mobile bar idea mentioned above. You can’t just serve the wine—you need to learn a little bit more about it. Wine tasters expect the people running the operation to know their stuff! If you’re not so inclined, you’ll need to hire a sommelier who can help you out in that arena.

One of the biggest keys to a mobile wine tasting business is the right clientele. Consider seeking out the right festivals where customers would enjoy this type of service, or finding private events, like corporate parties, weddings, etc.

The Mobile Mixologist

Mixology has taken to the forefront in both bars and at special events. If you’re interested and can tap into a certain clientele, you can really make some cash with this type of business. 

But you might be wondering, why hire a mixologist when a bartender serves the same purpose? Well, there actually is a difference. Mixologists have a bit more expertise, and have often studied the history of mixed drinks. They treat it more as an art form, with special attention to techniques and ingredients. 

With this type of operation, you could consider spicing things up with a 1920s theme. Take your vehicle to events around your state, or book private, in-home parties for people who love mixology and its sophistication.

The Basics of a Mobile Alcohol Business

These are just the basics of starting your mobile alcohol business. Once you’ve honed these skills, you’ll start to recognize ways to fine-tune your approach.

After that, odds are with hard work, dedication, and passion, whatever avenue you choose to take will pay off, and your business should flourish. All it takes is knowing these simple steps, a little cash, and some entrepreneurial guts. 

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