(Closed) Is there a difference between premium and top shelf open bar?

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
Member
7272 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@shrinkgirl:  They should list the brands. My assumption would be this (based on Vodka, which is my personal preference)

Well: Popov

Premium: Stoli, Absolute

Top Shelf: Grey Goose, Belvadere

Post # 4
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9149 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would also think @MexiPino:  is right.  But there’s no harm in asking them if it’s something different.  I think it is also possible they could use the terms well, call, or premium in which case premium might be considered top shelf and call would be the middle here.

Post # 5
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1063 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

@shrinkgirl:  to some ‘premium’ is the same as call (ie any liquor you called for by name- stoli, jameson, bacardi, etc- rather than just asking generically for vodka, whiskey, rum etc, which would be a well drink.), which falls short of the most expensive offerings which is referred to as top shelf- ketel one, patron, etc. However I have seen goose and other top shelf products be referred to as ‘premium.’ I’d ask your venue to clarify with the brand names. my guess is it will be good quality below top shelf, which I think is more than acceptable for a wedding open bar.

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