B.C. residents will be able to order a single glass of beer or wine or a shot of their favourite hard liquor with their restaurant or pub takeout or delivery meal starting today (October 29).
The provincial Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General announced in an October 29 news release that liquor licensees are now permitted to sell unmixed and "packaged" single servings of draft beer, wine, cider, or a single ounce of any spirit with the purchase of a meal.
The initiative is being touted as a "revenue-generating option" for restaurants and pubs following industry consultations and taking into account feedback from its Business Technical Advisory Panel, originally set up in 2017.
Previously, the province has allowed single servings of mixed drinks and full bottles of wine and liquor to be purchased with takeout and delivery meals from B.C.'s 6,000 food-primary and 2,000 liquor-primary licensed businesses.
The province is also billing this most recent change to regulations as one that can "help limit health impacts associated with increased consumption, as a patron has the option to buy a single serving instead of a full bottle of wine or spirit".