Post # 1
I’ve been looking at the bar service at several reception locations and one of them charges per consumption. I’m not too familiar with this type of bar service and was wondering if this just seems like a lot because there are so many extra fees
For one bottle of wine, the cost is:
retail price + $12.50 corkage fee + 18% gratuity + taxes
This will put each bottle at $40-$70 depending on the type!
Since is location is at the winery, I mistakenly thought the wine would be cheaper! Is this typical for this type of bar?
Post # 3
Wow that corkage fee is a doozy!
Post # 4
I have no idea whats typical but that seems REALLY expensive.
Post # 5
That is about normal. The wine you buy at a restaurant is usually about 100% markup so you dont “See” the corkage fee, but its there.
Out here in Cali if you bring your own wine to a restaurant they will charge anywhere from $10-20 for corkage.
Post # 6
Ok! Thanks for the feedback…glad to know I wasn’t alone in my thinking
If I’m going to spend $40 on wine, I’d like to be drinking a $40 wine, not a $17 bottle with all these extra fees!
Post # 7
Wow…If that is the norm, then I clearly don’t know very much about wineries’ wine.
Are you also having to pay a fee to rent the location?
I’m buying my own alcohol for a reception on private property. I didn’t want to be totally cheap and get 3 buck chuck so I’m going for bottles that are in the $6-$10 range.
Post # 8
I could be wrong but at bars you either buy the bottle or supply your own and pay the corkage fee. Basically the whole idea is to make money off of you either route. I don’t think I’ve seen both charged though. That’s very high, IMO. Maybe try to pay what they pay at cost and then the corkage fee?
Post # 9
@lefeymw: Oh, I’ve never really heard of a corkage fee. I guess it is built in to all inclusive bar packages, but seeing it by its self is a bit of a shock!
Post # 10
@peanuthead: unfortunately, this location does have a rental fee as well! It is very beautiful but I just found out that it only allows 3 or 4 weddings a season so they are probably trying to get the most out of those few times.
I’m planning to email the coordinator just to confirm, this info is only from their standard wedding information package, I might have misread!
Post # 11
@peanuthead: I am betting the cost of the bottle is normal retail cost (what one would pay at the liquor store) and not the cost of buying the bottle like you would at a restaurant.
Kenwood Chardonnay is about $10 retail, but at a restaurant its a lot more.
A Bevmo store $9.99 http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDetail.aspx?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=froogle&ProductID=860
At this place its $28 a bottle http://www.antoninosrestaurant.net/wine-list.htm
So normally when you buy wine from an establishment its built into the cost. Her place is no different than any other except they are telling her what the markup will be.
EDIT: The corkage fee on their wine is going to pay for their staffing, utilities etc. Just like you pay a premium on food, not just the cost of it.
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Post # 13
That’s normal round here.
If I wanted outside wine they said the “surcharge” essentially the “cork” fee is 55% markup and that honestly is normal.
Post # 14
I’m surprised that they’re charging you a corkage fee at a winery since they’re uncorking their own wine. I wonder if you could talk to them about getting that removed from the charges. It seems weird to me. I understand a corkage fee for a wine that you brought in, but at a venue that supplies it is ridiculous.
Post # 15
We looked at a couple of vineyards, and it seemed pretty typical to have a corkage fee for outside wines (which I find understandable), but for their OWN? That seems a bit odd to me.
Post # 16
wineries always charge an exorbitant corkage fee for outside wine to get you to buy their wine (if they let you bring in outside wine at all!) it’s not normal for a regular wedding venue, but normal for a winery, yes.