The Risks of Serving Flaming Alcohol (It’s a Bad Idea)

Some bars and restaurants are eager to ignite an exciting atmosphere by mixing liquor with fire. Whether it’s setting shots ablaze or pouring flaming liquor cascades, each method has one thing in common: severe risk.

While there are liquor liability concerns and challenges just with serving alcohol alone, flaming drinks introduce a greater degree of dangers:

  • Burn injuries resulting from consuming a drink that is still on fire
  • Severe skin burns from holding hot glassware
  • Risk of flaming liquor splashing on a person
  • Cuts from fractured glassware
  • Patrons adding more alcohol to the flaming drink, causing the fire to spread
  • An unattended flaming drink cracking the glassware and spilling the fire onto combustible surfaces

However an accident occurs, a seriously injured customer or out-of-control fire can easily be the outcome. Tempting as it might be, this gimmick designed to bring in business may be the end of your business entirely.

You can find solutions to more bar and restaurant fire dangers in our “Fire Prevention” blog series. Sign up for a policy with Society and you also get access to our risk management experts, who will help tackle your safety and health concerns. Learn more by getting in touch with your local independent Society agent.


As a mutual insurance company, we operate and exist for the benefit of our policyholders. For more than 100 years, Society has been helping businesses overcome the unexpected with comprehensive coverage packages and outstanding claims handling, underwriting and risk management.

Latest Articles

Top Advice For Graduates Trying to Start a Career

As of 2020, there is an average of over 4 million students who have graduated from colleges in the...


Originally published January 29, 2019, updated January 18, 2023. Many parts of the country are no...

A Guide to Safe Keg Handling

At one time or another, almost everyone who works in the restaurant and bar industry has been...

2022 Year in Review

Society Insurance is committed to providing blog posts to help business owners optimize daily...

What To Do If Someone Falls in Your Business

When we experience a special event in our lives, we try to memorialize every second of it, because...

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome at Work

What Is Imposter Syndrome? Imposter syndrome is defined as the persistent inability to believe...

How a Restaurant Closing Checklist Benefits Your Business

As a bar or restaurant owner, you know that your night isn’t over when the last customer leaves....

Creative Interview Questions for Finding the Right Candidate

Interview questions usually revolve around a candidate’s work history, experience and unique...


Have you ever caught yourself wondering why your business’ premium changes over time? Odds are you...

Stay up to date with industry updates by subscribing to the Society Insurance blog!