Bar Service

Bar Service for the  University of Michigan-Flint campus can be arranged by contacting Event & Building Services (EBS).  All alcohol must be dispensed by EBS staff, who have been trained and certified in alcohol management.   EBS staff will supervise and tend to the bar service at the event.  Service can easily be tailored to meet your needs by contacting EBS at 810-762-3436. 

Bar Service Policy - Licensed Facility

  • Riverfront Banquet Center is the licensed facility on campus.

  • Cash bars are permitted at Riverfront Banquet Center.

  • No shots or double shots may be served at any time, including “dollar dance.”  Drinks may not contain more than 1 type of alcohol. All alcohol must be diluted with ice and a mixer. The bar serves a measured one-ounce shot per drink. Bar service does not include blended, ice cream, or milk/cream drinks.

  • Drinks are supplied to guests by the cup only.  No pitchers of beer or pitchers of mixed drinks will be served.   Cups of ice only are not permitted to be served.
  • EBS reserves the right to limit the maximum number of drinks an individual may purchase/receive at one time.
  • Alcohol service is for a minimum of 2 hours and maximum 4.5 hours. Bar service must conclude 45 minutes before the scheduled event ending time and prior to midnight.
  • The University of Michigan-Flint abides by all State of Michigan liquor laws including:
    • The legal drinking age in the state of Michigan is 21 years of age for all alcoholic beverages. EBS staff will require proper identification of any guest who appears to be under the age of 30. No one under 21 years of age will be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages.  Upon request for identification, if the guest is not able to produce a valid picture identification, by law, alcohol service cannot be provided.
    • EBS reserves the right to deny alcoholic beverage service to anyone (and everyone) at any time if it appears that underage drinking or guest intoxication is occurring. EBS staff has the sole right to make decisions regarding appropriate service of alcoholic beverages without client recourse. Individual behavior concerning service of alcohol is governed by the Liquor Control Commission, state and local law and the University of Michigan Student Policy on Alcohol and Drugs.
    • Guests are not permitted to obtain alcoholic beverages for underage or intoxicated guests.
  • It is not permissible for anyone to bring in and/or remove any type of alcohol, opened or sealed, anywhere on the facilities. It is not permissible for alcohol to be served, inside or on the surrounding property of the University of Michigan-Flint after the bar service has ended. Bringing alcohol into the facility during the event is prohibited by law and will be confiscated and will not be returned to the guest.
  • Adequate food must be provided whenever alcohol is present. "Adequate food" is considered to be three hors d'oeuvres per person per hour. If no hors d'oeuvres are present, meal service must begin within 1 hour of the bar service.
  • For wedding receptions, the client may choose to have a champagne toast for the bridal party at the head table.  The champagne toast is available only for the bridal party at the head table and not for every guest.
  • No open bottles of champagne or wine will be left on guest tables.
  • EBS reserves the right to limit the maximum number of drinks an individual may purchase/receive at one time.
  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted within the public areas of University facilities; this includes but is not limited to sidewalks and parking lots.
  • One-half of the total contract amount is due at contract signing; contract signing must occur no less than 30 days prior to the event. The remaining balance is due 14 days prior to the event.
  • The guest count for the bar service may only be adjusted upward after the contract is signed.
  • If the contract has been paid in full and additional guests are added, the amount owing must be paid in full in order to confirm the increase in number. Guest counts can go down and previously assessed fees will remain the same.
  • Liability insurance, in the amount of $1,000,000, naming additional insured "The Regents of The University of Michigan" is due no later than 14 days prior to the event. In the location description of the insurance rider, list "The University of Michigan-Flint, 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48502."

Types of Bar Services

  • Full Open & Cash Bar Service - includes liquors, wines, draft beer and soft drinks (Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite), juices (cranberry, grapefruit, orange and pineapple), mixers (tonic, soda, grenadine and sweet & sour mix), garnish, plastic and paper products.

  • Partial Open & Partial Cash Bar Service - includes wines, draft beer, and soft drinks (Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite), plastic and paper products.