(Closed) How should I word my menu for drinks / limited open bar?

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: Mention limited open bar on your dinner menu only
    Mention limited open bar on your cocktail menu only : (4 votes)
    31 %
    Just have the bartenders direct anyone with special requests over to the other building : (7 votes)
    54 %
    other.... I'll explain below : (2 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I think you could just mention on the cocktail menu and have the bartenders direct as well…

    “We’ve selected some of our favorite cocktail options for you, however if you prefer something else….”

    Post # 4
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    2742 posts
    Sugar bee

    Wait, it’s an open bar and you are wondering if you should tell them that there is a higher priced vodka station at the other building? I think most people are okay with a limited open bar and hardly ever ask for a specific drink made from a specific liquor. I wouldn’t mention it. I will tell the bar tender though that if they ask, he should point them to the other building and tell them they can go there and purchase a drink. I bet you that no one would do that!

    Post # 6
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    2742 posts
    Sugar bee

    @posh_princess: Well, in that case, do a drink menu, and at the bottom in small letters, write that a longer menu of drinks is available for purchase at the other building (insert name of building). I loved this drink menu. It’s my inspiration which I’m going to use. You can customize it for your own use.

    Post # 7
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    871 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    I have been to weddings where the couple has hired their own bartenders and therefore stocked the bar themselves, and I have never seen anyone at such an event ask for an appletini. Scotch yes, but not a pina coloda, appletini, alabama slammer or any  type of “specialty drink”

     

    If a guest insists on say an appletini have the bartender direct them to the other bar but based on my experience when a guest sees that the bar was stocked by the couple they ask for things like wine, beer, rye and coke etc. Word of mouth is also good, if your parents, FIL, attendants and close friends know then word will get around.

    Personally writing limited open bar on an invitation is tacky (imo), it sounds like you are putting a limit on how many drinks a guest may have (even though you are not, that is how it sounds)

    Side note, even “fully stocked” bars leave out or have less of typically unrequested drinks, so at my wedding we are having a seperate bar(in addition to the one the venue provides) specifically for shots of Ouzo and Metaxxa. Neither is considered a “common” drink request but at our wedding it will be and we do not want to risk !) the bar not having it or 2) the bar running out.

     

    If there is a drink or type of liqour that is very common in your family, it’d be a good idea to have it in spades, also if 80% drink red wine and 20& drink white (or vice versa) be sure to buy accordingly. You probably already know that, but weddings are a big under taking and I figured it is easy for things to slip one’s mind.

    Post # 8
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    2742 posts
    Sugar bee

    @EncoreBridetoBe: I don’t think she was going to put it in the invitation. I think she would put it on a menu with her drinks listed.

    Post # 9
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    871 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    My mistake however I still feel the same way about listing the drinks on a wedding menu. JMO

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