(Closed) Limited bar conundrum..

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

we’re keeping an open tab for booze we’re not serving, not advertising it, and hoping no one asks for the fine aged scotch! alternatively you could just have the barkeep tell them that it’s not available if people ask.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would put out menus saying what IS provided. And if somebody wants something else not offered (BTW i offered what you offered and everyone was 100% happy), then they can buy something if they really truly have their heart set on it.

You’re providing plenty! Just say ‘beer, wine, signature cocktail provided, any specialty liquors purchased separately’ or something.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Does the club have something in place for this, maybe they put away the liquor or lower a screen or mirror? Do you think your guests would order liquor if you put out drink menus featuring what you are offering? (I ask because I almost always only drink wine/ beer, with few exceptions.)

I think you have a valid concern; I’m not sure what I’d do in your situation. I’d probably allow people to buy it if they want that over your more than adequate selection.

I’m trying to recollect one wedding I attended that was along those lines; it was at a restaurant. I don’t order liquor so I’m not sure, but I remember someone asking for a whisky shot and the bartender told him he couldn’t have it. I’m not sure if the guest was already drunk or what, maybe the couple didn’t want anyone getting toasted on free shots … but I would say out of sight, out of mind.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve been to events like this and the bartenders simply say, “oh that’s not part of the open bar tonight, but we can serve you if you’d still like it”. 9/10 the guest goes “oh okay i’ll have X from the open bar”. Very few people are THAT picky that they’ll say no to whatever you’re serving =]

 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I thinjk he’s trying to sell it to you.

What are your signature cocktails? If you pick something nice and broad, I think in general people will want THOSE. We had black raspberry peachtinis (black raspberry schnapps, peach nectar, vodka) and blueberry fizzes (blueberry passion fruit schnapps, vodka, sprite) and seriously, everyone either loved those or the gin (mostly men). Don’t worry about the people who are going to be so picky as to turn down free drinks. Very far and few between. not sure what the manager is smoking.

Oh, when i waited tables–everyone ALWAYS (90%) wanted what was the “special” for the night. Why pay full price for grey goose when a margarita is $2.50? You get my drift

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’ve been to limited bars before, and since I don’t like wine or beer, I order cocktails and pay myself. It’s no big deal. I’ve never been offended to buy my own drinks at a wedding. I think offering a limited bar is more than enough and if someone wants something else, just make it available. I’d rather pay for a drink myself than not have the option.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I would print up a couple of small signs in a cute display to put on the bar, saying something like “Please enjoy our drink offerings:

Beer

Wine

Signature Cocktail”

Maybe you could offer one or two more cocktails so they have more of a choice?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think you’d be fine following ejs4y8’s suggestions…the wording works, and I’ve been to wedding with a limited bar and completely understood that if I wanted something “off” of the drink menu that it was up to me to pay for it.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We had the same issue. The bartender just let guests know we were serving beer and wine. I think I saw a few people buy scotch, but generally people were happy to just have wine or beer. I think having a discreet open tab is fine, but sometimes when people see one person with a drink they assume it is on the menu. It might be best to just let picky guests buy their own drinks.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh, um, EVERYBODY loves Firefly and lemonade. Seriously. Everybody. It’s sooo good. It’s been a regular at all our bachelorette parties. We freeze it so it’s syrupy and then it’s a nice quick, easy shot. Squeeze of lemon with sugar rim? mmmm =]

You might have like, 2 old men who want top-shelf scotch. No worries.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I would definitely follow ejs’s suggestions. What you are providing is great. If the guests want more they can pay for it. If you are really worried, you can start spreading the word so your guests know what will be available.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I went to a wedding this summer where they placed a sign in a pretty frame on the bar that said:

Wine and Beer:  Hosted

Premium Mixed Drinks:  $$

Rail Mixed Drinks:  $

 

It was very clear and worked out great.

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