(Closed) DIYing the Bar

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Is there a price cutter in KC??? If so, they have a package deal for wedding liquor.  The lowest cost is around 600.  Also, a Macadoodles would be a good place to try.  You may also try contacting some of the companys themselves and see if they can offer you anything.  Try Major Brands, there is one in KC. You can also ask local bars if they have a package liscense for liquor.  If they do, they are able to sell bottles and cases to you directly(note: this not be the way to go unless you know the owner/operator for they may sell ito to you priced by the ounce and it will be more expensive for you that way.)

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Check out Costco or Sam’s Club. 

Also I’ve been to a wedding where they had a keg of beer and two large containers of premixed drinks….one was a fuzzy navel and the other 7&7.  They saved alot of $$ by premixing the cocktails rather than mixing each drink.  As the container emptied, the bartending filled it with the alcohol and mixer.  You could do that with almost any mixed drink (Capt & coke, vodka tonic, screwdrivers,etc.)  I know the groom’s family purchased the containers from Gordon’s Food or something like that.  I thought it was a great idea!  Plus you didn’t have to wait for the bartender to mix every drink.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Worker bee

Do you have ABC liquor stores where you live? So far they have had the best pricing in my area, even better than Sam’s.  They give a slight discount if you buy by the case, and the discount price is marked right on the shelf label.  They will also buy back unopened bottles. 

If you’re not terribly picky about brands, I’ve had great luck in slowly stocking up on brands that are offering rebates.  For example, there was a new vodka out so they were promoting it by offering $20 rebates on a $23.99 bottle We tried it out first and the quality was fine.

Post # 7
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241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Do you have Trader Joes. If you do they have a great selection of wine. Their trademark wine is called Charles Shaw and is around $2.98 a bottle. It is not bad and drinks like a $10 bottle.  I always have some in stock at my house.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m a big fan of gvsusara’s idea. I’ve had great success at sam’s and costco too.

Its fun to pick out a few inexpensive wines and have a tasting night with your friends – some cheap wines taste really great!

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Our budget was just about that! We could have curved it much better had we not had signature drinks

We bought 3 handles of liquor–2 vodkas and 1 gin. Also a case of sprite and a case of coke zero from Sam’s Club. And we bought Tanqueray and Skyy, not the Smirnoff. So we had good liquor. Also, we had a keg of beer ($100) and 3 double barrels of red wine ($10 each) and 24 bottles of white wine from Trader Joe’s at $5.50 apiece

The keg came from a liquor emporium. White wine from TJ’s and the rest from Sam’s. We had to buy schnapps mixers from the emporium too and they weren’t cheap since it was a real liquor store. If you stick to sam’s and costco you’ll be amazed at how far your budget goes. We spent about $800 on liquor and honestly could have done it for about $500 on only beer and wine and maybe a vodka tonic or something basic. But we wanted more varieyt. You can do it just look around!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Do you know anyone in the military or do you live by a military base?!  Liqour is always cheaper in their ABC stores and no tax!  Thats what my BFF is doing for her wedding, were from VA Beach and we have many Navy Bases so we just go there and buy it from the “packaging store” thats what they call it!  So I hope that can be an option for you!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Meggs, Sam’s is already bulk pricing. I think you asked for a case discount? They don’t offer discounts further than what their prices already are. Anyways, it’s still pretty cheap. A handle of vodka was $20. It is 50% larger than the SAME bottle from the store, the 1.5 L size. So you get 50% more for the same price. In bulk that adds up fastl

What about aluminum bottles? those are a good option. our venue said “no glass” so we had the keg even though i hated the idea of it. In the end, beer is beer =]. but everyone likes aluminum cans, too.

Since you live in KC, I really suggest a Trader Joe’s if you end up in StL any time soon.

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