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What's the Drinking Age in New York?

How old do you need to be to drink in New York State and New York City?




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The drinking age in New York City and all of New York State is 21 years of age. Those under 21 years of age are prohibited from purchasing or possessing alcohol, from consuming alcohol in public, and from having a blood alcohol level of 0.02% while driving.

In the privacy of their own homes, with the consent of a legal guardian ("parents"), those under 21 may consume alcohol.

What if my spouse is younger than 21?

It doesn't matter. Those under 21 are not allowed to consume or buy alcohol in public in New York, whether or not you are with a spouse or a legal guardian. .

Are children allowed in New York bars?

As long as a bar or pub serves food, children are allowed at any time.

When did the drinking age in New York become 21?

Effective Dec. 1, 1985, the New York State drinking age was raised from 19 to 21.

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