Fellow NY'ers (Upstate) quick bar question

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Vic Winters, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    I know you have to be 21 to get into a bar and drink (obviously), but what about playing at one? I'm 22 so I don't have to worry, but one of the singers trying out for my band is underage. I've played places with minors where they serve alcohol, but mark the hands of minors to prohibit sales, but what about an actual bar where they don't let you in unless you're 21+?
  2. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    Most bars are OK with it especially with performers. When I was 16 I had to get a note from my mother to play this local strip club.
    But that's a whole another story. ;)

    Just make sure they don't try and get served.

    Where are you playing? Penny Arcade perhaps? I know they do over and under with customers so they should be fine with it.
    Have fun!
  3. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    In my old band (Hiatus) we did play the Penny Arcade last February. The band I'm in now (thE sPinS) has played Damian's, Spenders and The Jukebox. This is for my second band (Ladder Theory) that I formed with some friends that is having trouble finding a singer.
  4. The singer/guitar player in my current band is 20yo. While we have not played any bars as a band yet, he has played on stage with his uncle's band in bars a few times. I think it was kind of a don't ask don't tell thing, he was probably 17-18 at the time. He looks older than he is though so that probably helps a bit.
  5. RED5


    Jan 14, 2008
    Suffolk County,NY
    Sorry if I take this off track a bit, but while you Upstaters are on the wire? I'll be travelling up to Auburn in August are there any open stages in the area? Thanks for your time. And to the op, i played with an undrage drummer and we were able to negotiate that if we kept him away from the alchohol, he was okay with the bar.
  6. hunta


    Dec 2, 2004
    Washington, DC
    I used to play in bars when I was 15-16 in upstate, I played at CBGB's when I was 16. I very rarely had any kind of issue, as long as the 16 year olds in the band aren't chugging pitchers of beer on stage the owners usually won't care. It's a trust thing, if you seem like an honest dude that isn't going to sneak drinks then they won't give you a hard time. Just don't violate their trust.
  7. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA