Post # 1
We’re having our rehersal dinner at a private room in a local resturant. We have three options: cash bar (which we’re not going to do), open bar, or host bar, where we pay per drink.
It’s $17/pp for three hours of an open bar (well liquor). If we do a host bar, then we (well, the FILs), will pay $4/domestic beer, $5/imports, $7/wine, $4/house liqour, $6/call. So basically people would have to be drinking between 3 and 4 drinks in three hours for the open bar to be worth it.
The owner of the resturant keeps telling me that the open bar for a Friday Rehearsal Dinner is NEVER worth it – it’s always a better deal to pay per drink…but I don’t know.
So what did you do?
Post # 3
We hosted beer and wine for our Rehearsal Dinner. Everyone was okay with it. Most of the people in attendance were beer drinkers and it would have been a waste for us to have an open bar.
Post # 4
@StL.Ashley: It seems really unlikely that people would drink 3-4 drinks at a 3-hour dinner.
If money is an issue (not sure from your post) – could the Future In-Laws host certain drink types – i.e., domestic beers, wine, and house liquor? That could keep the cost down a little (except for the wine, unless you ordered some bottles and when it was gone, it was gone).
Post # 5
We are purchasing a set amount of alcohol up front, so I suppose you can call this a host bar. While we will have a number of heavy drinkers, I believe we have enough non-drinkers to make this a better option. We will have the option to purchase more if needed, on site.
Post # 6
Were doing the host bar – our rehearsal dinner is the same situation at yours, private room in a restaurant on a Friday night. Howeveyou our drink prices are much higher than yours. We didn’t think the often bar was worth it for the rehearsal – most people will save their “heavy” drinking for the wedding.
Post # 7
@LadyBear: the cost isn’t really an issue (I mean that in a not snotty spoiled way – either way we’d be under the budget our FI’s parents gave us), I just want it to be the best deal for the Future In-Laws and I was wondering what most people do. I’ve never been to a RD!
Post # 8
@AmyFarrahFowler: yeah I have no idea why it’s so cheap, but I’m not complaining! Haha – we just lucked out, I guess. I’m mostly excited about the food – it’s one of my favorite resturants in the city.
Post # 9
I believe my ILs just bought pitchers of beer for everyone. I would probably just pay per drink in your case.