(Closed) How much of a bar bill should I expect?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

There was a bar tab calculator a while back where you could rank guests by how much they’d likely drink (heavy, medium, light drinkers, etc.) and input prices and types of alcohol for a pretty good estimate. Generally, I think the wisdom is to assume two drinks per person for the first hour, and one an hour after that. You might want to think about what your guests like to drink and how much they’d likely drink, then compare that cost to the cost of just paying the $25 a head.

Post # 4
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Those drink prices are very inexpensive which is great. I think with 190 people who are able to drink and $4 being the average cost of a drink, I would estimate around $2,300. That is half of what you would pay if you paid open bar per person.

Post # 5
4824 posts
Honey bee

@klb2748: Since the average cost is 4 per drink I will use that for the cost of drinks.

when talking with vendors they said estimate for everyone 2 drinks the first hour and 1 each additional hour. Some will drink more and others will drink less so this is an average

For a 5 hour reception

190 * 6 * 4 = $4,560 

Post # 6
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

It’s so hard to say. It definitely depends on the crowd. I asked our venue for an estimate and we ended up doubling it. But, we also had a very young crowd at our wedding. So without knowing what your crowd will be like, it’s really hard to say. But if you have a younger crowd you can typically expect a higher bill.

Post # 7
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My venue charge a flat $2k for the unlimited open bar with 2 bartenders for 6 hours (includes top shelf stuff). We are paying the gratuities on top of that, so our guests can just enjoy themselves.  See if your venue has a flat rate and how much?  If not, do what my friend does and have it open for the cocktail hours, close it during part of dinner and open it again later.  Make sure you have non alcoholic beverages available throughout the night.  This way you will split the cost with your guests who are heavy drinkers.   

Post # 8
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@klb2748:I would just do an open bar . Save yourself the shock at when you get your bar tab…I am a bartender and trust me when its free people drink.. and well drinkers soon become top shelf drinkers.. and if someone sets a drink down and forgets it , they just get another.. be careful you could be in for the shock of your life 🙂

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