North Carolina Be A Responsible Seller (BARS) Program

We got a call from an attorney last week and she was trying to find information on the Be A Responsible Seller (BARS) program offered by North Carolina ALE.  Apparently she had a client who's a bartender and had accidently served an underage patron and was caught. 


Part of the court order was that the bartender had to attend the BARS training class. However, the attorney and client were having a hard time finding out information about the training. 


Unfortunately, in many situations people are introduced to this training as a result of an alcohol related selling violation and part of the stipulations mandated by the court are attending the BARS class; as what prompted the attorney mention above to reach out to us.


In the state of North Carolina, Alcohol Law Enforcement offers the BARS program through North Carolina Public Safety.  BARS is an educational program, informing students about laws and rulings governing alcohol in the state of North Carolina. 


The classes are offered throughout the state by NC ALE, you can contact the coordinator in your area:


NC ABC District 1 - Jacksonville

Serving Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender counties.

Special Agent in Charge Brent Massey

470 Dolphin Drive

Jacksonville, N.C. 28456

(910) 346-2121


NC ABC District 2 - Greenville

Serving Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Wayne, Wilson and Washington counties.

Special Agent in Charge Eric Swain

1013 W.H. Smith Boulevard

Greenville, N.C. 27834

(252) 756-4755


NC ABC District 3 - Fayetteville

Serving Bladen, Cumberland, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland counties.

Special Agent in Charge Bryan House

414 Chicago Drive

Fayetteville, N.C. 28306

(910) 486-1262


NC ABC District 4 - Raleigh

Serving Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Orange, Person, Warren, Vance and Wake counties.

Special Agent in Charge Jeff Lasater

1705 Tryon Park Drive

Raleigh, N.C. 27610

(919) 779-8188 


NC ABC District 5 - Greensboro

Serving Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham and Stokes counties.

Special Agent in Charge Mike Yates

501 Industrial Avenue

Greensboro, N.C. 27406

(336) 256-1354


NC ABC District NC ABC - Harrisburg

Serving Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties.

Special Agent in Charge Omar Qureshi

5994 Caldwell Park Drive

Harrisburg, N.C. 28075

(704) 454-5299


NC ABC District 7 - Hickory

Serving Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davie, Iredell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.

Special Agent in Charge Chess McQueen

1060 Zion Church Road

Hickory, N.C. 28602

(828) 294-2226  


NC ABC District 8 - Asheville

Serving Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey counties.

Special Agent in Charge Stacy Cox

900 Alliance Court

Asheville, N.C. 28806

(828) 670-5055 


Additional information about the BARS program can be found on the NC Public Safety site: