(Closed) Open bar cost?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

In LA, with the venues I’ve looked at, the per head cost sounds pretty right on (my place charges only $15 per head, which is remarkably low… but it better be, because they charge up the wazoo for everything else!). The per drink basis sounds very expensive for a hosted bar at a wedding, though. For that I’ve usually seen more like $4-7 (of course, none of it is exactly top shelf ;).

Post # 4
2681 posts
Sugar bee

Our wedding was in Long Beach and while we opted out of the price per person for the bar we spent $6700 (including service charge and tax) on the bar for 220 guests (on consumption).  Drinks ranged from $6-$10 depending on if it was beer, wine, well drink or premium drink.  $32 per person sounds pretty standard, how long is it for?

Post # 5
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am doing an all inclusive wedding with all drinks for 4 hours of open bar and 3 course dinner included for 89.95 per person!

From the other venues I looked at the recommended 3 drinks per person for 4 hours and the drinks prices ranged from 4-7 for host bar! More expensive for cash bar!

But keep in mind as a saving tip you can restrict the bar to the cheaper (basic = vodka, rum, whisky etc.) drinks

Post # 6
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We provided the liquor and the bartenders. After slipping them each $100 to tend bar and about $700 in alcohol, beer, and cups and whatnot, we came out just under 1K. Not too shabby for 120 people. All we had left are 12 bottles of white wine so we bought JUST enough

Post # 7
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m doing all inclusive $125 per person ( I upgraded to top shelf so otherwise it would have been $110 per person-no filet!)

Post # 8
3332 posts
Sugar bee

We were told to budget $18-24/person for an open bar.  We went with just beer and wine and ended up spending roughly $20/person on alcohol.

Post # 9
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We’re looking at $28 per person for 4 hours of local beer, house wine, fountain juices & soft drinks. We could add house brand liquor for an additional $4 (premium for $10), but I doubt anyone will miss it once the wine is flowing. Beer & wine works for our daytime wedding b/c no one drinks nearly as much as they do at night…

I think $32 for an open bar ALL NIGHT is a great price 🙂

Post # 10
1044 posts
Bumble bee

Our open bar was included free of cost since we decided to have a wedding on a Sunday morning. They figured that not that many people would drink since it started at 10am and ended at 4pm.  But I also got a great deal since I worked in Human Resources and did company events and told her that we may potentially do our Christmas party there if she gave us perks for the wedding.

My sister-in-law who works for a large magazine also did that for her wedding and almost got everything paid for.

Post # 11
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Our open bar in WI was $19/head (not including gratuity or tax). Included all cocktails, beer, wine, shots, really anything, etc. Obviously, it will be a lot cheaper in Wisconsin than in SF though 🙂

Post # 13
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

we provided our own liquor/beer/wine/non-alcoholic beverages and we spent only about $17/pp–and we bought a lot of booze!! If possible, ask if you can bring your own drinks.

Post # 14
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

At my venue, we negotiated a price of $85 per person, which includes the gratuity, for dinner, a four-hour open bar (the fifth hour includes beer and wine) and our wedding cake.

Definitely try to negotiate a lower price.

Post # 15
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ours is around 22 per person for 4 hours. I like the idea of paying on lump sum for everything. Thats sounds like a good idea.

Post # 16
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

we paid about 1700 for 75 people (not everyone drank) including many draft and bottled beers, wells, and 5 varieties of wine. not too shabby IMO

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