Offering food and drink is not required of Hosts but it is a nice touch and is part of the beauty of hosting a show in your own space. Guests are always appreciative of having something to munch and sip on.

If you’re worried about mess/noisy eaters, you may want to serve refreshments in a different room than the performance area.

Important to keep in mind—if you have food and/or drink containing common allergens (nuts, seafood, gluten, dairy, etc.), you should consider labeling the refreshments.

As far as alcohol is concerned, that’s really up to you as the Host. Side Door does not condone the sale or consumption of controlled substances in unlicensed spaces, and cannot advertise/support such activities by any means. Additional licensing for liquor service/sales is the responsibility of the Host and/or Artist to facilitate. Please keep in mind that by law, even if somebody brings their own drinks, the well-being and safety of guests is often the responsibility of the Host/Space. Guests should be reminded to drink responsibly if they choose to do so.

Be mindful of drunken or inappropriate behaviour. Asking somebody politely to slow down, or calling a taxi for someone who has had a bit too much are proactive steps that a host can take to ensure everyone’s safety. To be clear, Side Door does not condone or encourage BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) at these events. It is entirely at your own risk.

In terms of selling alcohol, Side Door can only advertise alcohol sales if the host has a valid liquor license that covers that particular event. In terms of revenue from the bar, it would be considerate to discuss this with the Artist ahead of time.

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