Open Bar Tab for 200 guests

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Waitingbee57:  A $2000 bar tab should go pretty far unless you serve only premium top shelf liquor.  Choose domestic beers, house wine, and mid-level liquor.

Post # 4
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Statistically the Wedding Planning Sites say count on 1.0 to 1.5 drinks per person per hour (the higher number tends to be reflective of a Wedding Outdoors on a HOT Day).

Example… here is a website with that kind of practical info =

So find the average price per drink and there you have an Estimated Total.

Hope this helps,


Post # 6
608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Here is a breakdown of what our open bar tab looked like at the end of the night.  This was for 90 people (not everyone drank obviously).  Bar was open from 5pm – 12am, and wine bottles were placed on tables as well as served by glass at the bar.  We also got married in the distillery district downtown Toronto for reference.

Beverage Service
Soft Bar – pop         9      2.50$       22.50$
Soft Bar – juice        4      2.65$       10.60$
Lg. Bottled Water    2      6.95$       13.90$


Bar Service

Bottled                   32    6.00$     192.00$
Bottled                   14    6.64$       92.96$
Bottled                   39    7.00$     273.00$


Basic bar rail         104     5.53$     575.12$
Basic bar rail           15     5.97$       89.55$
Scotch                      1     9.00$         9.00$

Red                       19    45.00$     855.00$
White                     20    35.00$     700.00$

TOTAL $2833.63


Post # 7
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

The venue should list their prices for their bar. Generally going through a venue’s bar will more than double your alcohol costs. 

Post # 8
1397 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We had 115 guest and they went through $1386 of beer and wine.  We were pretty impressed with the amount our guest drank.  

Post # 9
2174 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Consider wine and beer only to keep costs down.  $2k would allow you about $13/pp for alcohol for 150– not sure what that will get you, but your venue should provide a price list.

Post # 10
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We brought in our own alcohol.  For a full bar, we spent $1200 for 100 pretty heavy drinkers. 

Post # 11
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our bar tab was… about $550 for 40 people for the evening.  Grandparents weren’t drinking, but our friends were drinking A LOT.  We had local microbrews (no Bud Lite) and top shelf liquor. 

Post # 13
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would probably chose the first venue that is an hour away.

Post # 14
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

What if you did an open bar for cocktail hour and supper and then cash bar for the eveining? Where I am from that is standard for a wedding. 

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