ok it is difficult to get a beer underage but it is ppossible most pubs serve dinner untill maby 930 and you can be in their when dinner is being served when you stay a while they start carding at the door so when that happenes go outside to smoke a cigarette they will stamp your hand and your 21 its that easy.
if its a club they stamp your hands that your not 21 for that wear long sleaves or carry some hand wash and get the marker off. their are clubs that are strictly no one under 21 bacicly your screwed in that case
or you could just go to a keg party its cheaper and more fun sometimes
Easier to buy a gun than buy a beer.
Maybe if it was the other way around, the need for a gun wouldn't be quite so strong.
In Illinois, we also have the 3 offense rule and it is more strictly enforced than in (from CC's comments) Michigan. First offense = warning and fine, second offense = license suspension, third offense = permanent license revocation.
TylerJames' little trick may work for him and others, but I have also been in bars where someone is stamped upon leaving for a few minutes and still asked for an ID when they return - even with the stamp on their hand. Leaving you purse with your friend while you take that cigarette break isn't a guaranteed entry either. Usually, they will make you wait at the door while they find your friend to bring your ID to you.
S_hoot's experience is an extreme one, to be sure. Though, he is correct about the accepted IDs - a US drivers license w/picture, state-issued ID card w/picture (if you do not drive) or a passport. An international drivers license may be accepted if it contains a photograph.
The debate for lowering the drinking age has been renewed recently. As in the 70s, when most states lowered their drinking ages, the same arguements are now resurfacing - 18 year olds can vote, be called for jury duty, and be sent to war, but they can not purchase alcohol. So far, the debate is not receiving much attention.
Lowering the Age
When l was in NY a few years back l loved the fact l was getting asked for ID - l was 29 way back then!! Its great!! Obviously lm getting older looking cos at Christmas when l was in Vegas l didnt get carded once bugger me - lm off to the beauty salon to see what age reversal tricks they can do!
I don't think it really matters much if you're in a small town or city--lived in both. A lot of places in the cities, though, have bars where it's 18-20 on one side, and 21+ on the other. I used to take my brother to one in downtown St. Louis.
Quite a few places where you do have to be 18 to get in, but at least you can get in. You can't buy a drink... but that's all I'll say on that one.
I came back from California nearly 2 weeks ago and I can say that it seems like they are getting more strict on the whole ID thing (unless my moisturiser is REALLY working and I am looking younger?!)
I have been going to the states yearly for the best part of 16 years (I'm 27 now) and whereas bars have accepted my UK driving license in the past, they seem to be toughning up by only accepting a passport now.
I went to Vegas when I was 21 and I would say they majority of places carded you, espacially if you were playing on the slot machines and tables in the casinos and on entrance to clubs
You could give the whole fake ID a try, but I would not bank on it
Enjoy your trip anyway - Vegas is a great place with plenty to see and do without the booze!
Thanks for all your comments... we are in LA now and she got drinks fine on the united flight (not sure what the laws are there because it is not really IN america?!) and then bought alcohol easily and didnt get asked for ID!? Will try going out tomorrow night!!