Bar Services

Sapphire Events, LLC is The Lincoln Center’s exclusive alcohol provider.  Outside alcohol is prohibited. Nonalcoholic beverages must be served through Sapphire Events when bar service is requested.  Nonalcoholic beverages may be provided by an outside caterer.  Clients requesting bar service are solely responsible for contacting Sapphire Events after contracting with The Lincoln Center.

Sapphire Events can accommodate all of your beverage service needs. For inquiries, please contact Sapphire Events directly at (970) 221-2025, or by email at

Sapphire Events can accommodate all of your beverage service needs. Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) Certified Bartenders will provide safe and responsible service. All Bars require a $150/hour sales minimum.

Any client or guest who is visibly intoxicated will not be served. The fact that the intoxicated person isn’t driving is not a factor. The client or client’s contact is responsible for the intoxicated individuals. Last call will be 30 minutes before the conclusion of the event and all alcohol service stopped 15 minutes later.

Sapphire Events LLC holds a Hotel & Restaurant Liquor License. Some of the liquor laws are provided in these policies and guidelines. If you have other questions about liquor laws and Sapphire policies, please call 970- 221-2025 or email

Cash Bar: All beverages alcoholic/nonalcoholic are purchased by guests on a cash/credit basis.
Hosted Bar: The client will be charged for all alcoholic beverages. Soda will be provided by Sapphire Events.
Combination Bar: Client purchases specific beverage(s). All other beverages are on a cash/credit basis.
Limited Bar: Client sets desired cash amount for beverages. Once the amount is reached, the bar becomes cash/credit only.

Sapphire Events holds the liquor license at The Lincoln Center and must purchase all alcoholic beverages from our distributors.

The Lincoln Center will not allow any group that is only renting a conference room space to use donated liquor for special events or receptions.

Donations of liquor from a wholesaler or distributor are only permitted for registered non-profit organizations. Before any non-profit starts soliciting for alcohol donations; please contact Sapphire Events LLC, the liquor license holder, for approval.

Sapphire must approve the amount of liquor and type of liquor donated because of limited space and equipment. Charges apply for handling donated alcohol. Sapphire Events charges a $250 handling fee and an additional $50.00 per hour product serving fee for any events with donated alcohol.

Sapphire will set up a cash bar with the donated liquor and if the bar makes at least $50 per hour in gross sales, there will be no billed invoice. If the bar makes less than $50 per hour in gross sales, Sapphire will bill the client for the difference.

Are I.D.’s checked?

Yes. As servers of alcohol, Sapphire Events must make certain that the people being served are of legal age. If a guest is asked for an ID and cannot provide it, they will not be served an alcoholic beverage.

Can outside alcohol be brought in?

No. The liquor license requires all alcohol to be provided through Sapphire Events. Any alcohol brought onto The Lincoln Center property will be confiscated and the client will forfeit their deposit.

Does Sapphire Events provide glassware?

Yes. Please contact Sapphire Events for pricing.

How much alcohol is needed for an event?

There is no exact formula to calculate accurate beverage consumption, however, Sapphire Events is here to help event organizers make determinations based on guest lists.

How are guest lists reviewed?

Good questions to ask are, “How many guests are underage?” and “How many guests are non-drinkers, beer drinkers, wine drinkers, or cocktail drinkers?” This will help event organizers determine the number of guests that will be drinking and what they will be drinking. Event organizers can then decide on the type of bar they would like to provide, such as a full bar, or a beer and wine bar. Please contact Sapphire Events for help in determining bar/guest drink needs. Sapphire Events will happily provide bar estimates in advance of events.

Is there a charge for gratuity?

An 18% gratuity is suggested for tipped-waged bartenders. Tip jars will be deducted from this total.