Question about open bars

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

That’s not an open bar IMO.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well blended drinks require more time to make, just as a martini so I think that is normal. Shots also take time to make and people get so drunk lol as long as people get liquor I would call it an open bar. I dont think I would worry about those things being excluded. They can drink regular mixed drinks and be happy about it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@futuremrswood25:  Some of it is normal at hotels that use portable bars (bars brought into the banquet rooms).  There is no electric outlets in many of these for the blended drinks.  

As for the martinis and shots, that is a decision by the venue to ward off drunk guests.

Post # 7
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Newbee

At most weddings I’ve been to have been like that and I still considered it an open bar. There are ways to get around this of course. Ask for your mix and your drink in different glasses, etc. I did not miss the martinis or blended drinks at any of those weddings 🙂 I say don’t let it be a hinderence if you love that venue! 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

many venues will not do shots.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

They won’t do it or they will charge you different/extra for it? 

I drank champagne all night at our wedding because I WAS THE BRIDE.  🙂  Everyone else had beer or… I don’t know – whatever they wanted.  Enough of it because we lost two puking in the parking lot by the end of the night. 

I can see no blended drinks, that’s a pain in the butt.  Martinis kind of are, too.  I guess they probably just won’t have a shaker or want to take the time to pour, shake, strain, all that bs.  As for shots… guess your guests will just have to ask for it on the rocks.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@wabanzi:  As for the martinis and shots, that is a decision by the venue to ward off drunk guests.

This, and it makes sense to me. 

@futuremrswood25:  OP, that leaves plenty of mixed drinks! Maybe they’ll do mixed shots (ie, kamikazes, but not straight tequila)?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@futuremrswood25:  all the liquor drinks mixed with juice and sodas? I guess you can just have your guests order their drinks with straight liquor instead of having them mixed and then boom shot!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our bar was very open,  but we told them NO SHOTS. We did this just because honestly, we paid a fortune for the bar, and shots on top of it would have been way too much. I know my (younger) family members, and they just would have been at the bar all night doing shots, not exactly what I wanted at my wedding.

If the blended drinks bother you, maybe you could ask them if they’d be willing to make 1 kind of blended drink as a sort of compromise? (for example daiquiris, but nothing else).

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@futuremrswood25:  Mixed drinks are left – things like jack & coke, vodka tonics, etc.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@futuremrswood25:  I understand the blended drinks part, and I’ve never expected one at an open bar, but not being able to do shots? That’s a huge part of an open bar if you ask me. I they said no SHOOTERS (in other words, a shot that isn’t straight liquor but instead some sort of mix to taste like say gummy bears or cake or something) I could see that.

I don’t drink martinis so I don’t have much input on that…the no shots thing kind of sucks though but I like mixed drinks so I wouldn’t mind a bit. I think if people can get normal mixed drinks or beer for FREE at your wedding they’ll be more than happy.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I suspect they don’t want to offer shots because they worry that people will get too drunk and rowdy.

I don’t really get the martini exclusion, except maybe they think they take too long and bog down the bartenders?  They haven’t excluded other mixed drinks, though, so it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense IMO.  Blended I can see due to the time and trouble (and noise of the blenders) or possibly not having the equipment.

Still, it looks like there should be plenty of choices left – all kinds of mixed drinks from simple drinks like highballs, to more complex like long island iced tea, blue lagoon, sex on the beach, etc.  I’m assuming beer and wine is offered as well, which will probably be a big part of the audience.

I’d say it is still an open bar, but it just doesn’t have absolutely everything available.  

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