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  1. #11
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    Re: Expensive whiskey=cheep beer

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    Find a bartender that pours you heavy and suddenly you're getting more for your money, something that is impossible with a bottle of beer.
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    Re: Expensive whiskey=cheep beer

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    Find a bartender that pours you heavy and suddenly you're getting more for your money, something that is impossible with a bottle of beer.
    Often possible with an above-average tip on the first round (which will also get you quicker service on the refills). And, of course, treat the bartender as a hard-working friend and with respect. Also I've found it makes a difference if you get into a discussion about the finer points of bourbon (or whatever you may be drinking that night). If he / she knows you aren't an "amateur" or " blow hard" you're likely to get a more rigteous pour.
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    Re: Expensive whiskey=cheep beer

    I've found that the generous tip is oh so much more productive than the judicious tip.

    But of course this is if we're talking independent joints here. No matter how cool and receptive a bartender may be, if you're at Chilis or Bennigans, you should probably tip the standard.
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    Re: Expensive whiskey=cheep beer

    I was pleasantly surprised to find all domestics (excluding Sam Adams) 12 oz. bottle or 16 oz. draught on sale for 1.00 at my choice for supper. I know several bars that run Pabst products at 1.00 a bottle (even though .65 would be over-paying for Old Milwaukee and I don't know if it comes in bottles). The cheapest I have seen well drinks (usually Old Crow, Kessler, or Mattingly & Moore) is 1.50. Many of the bars get about 20 shots out of a L. bottle and of course a case of beer is 12. To use even figures lets say well whiskey costs the bar 11.00, so 11/20 gives them a cost of .55 a shot. Suppose a case of beer is 8.00, so 8/12 gives them a cost of .66 a beer. With these figures the liquor mark-up is obviously much higher.

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    Re: Expensive whiskey=cheep beer

    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalWater View Post
    I was pleasantly surprised to find all domestics (excluding Sam Adams) 12 oz. bottle or 16 oz. draught on sale for 1.00 at my choice for supper. I know several bars that run Pabst products at 1.00 a bottle (even though .65 would be over-paying for Old Milwaukee and I don't know if it comes in bottles). The cheapest I have seen well drinks (usually Old Crow, Kessler, or Mattingly & Moore) is 1.50. Many of the bars get about 20 shots out of a L. bottle and of course a case of beer is 12. To use even figures lets say well whiskey costs the bar 11.00, so 11/20 gives them a cost of .55 a shot. Suppose a case of beer is 8.00, so 8/12 gives them a cost of .66 a beer. With these figures the liquor mark-up is obviously much higher.
    A case of beer is 24 so the mark up of beer is double that (assuming the same price)

    Liquor mark up in restaurants is more highly variable than beer, I worked in one place that only tried to make about the same amount of money per bottle of liquor, so a more expensive liquor was actually a better deal by the shot, but the beer was a standard percentage per bottle. Other places were percentage across the board.
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    Re: Expensive whiskey=cheep beer

    Also, remember, beer mark-ups for non-macro brews are pretty high. If you're buying Bud, you can find dollar drafts. Not so w/most micro/craft brews (except, occasionally, for the bigger ones: Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, etc.). So, the markup comparison doesn't work for places that only (or mostly) serve craft beer.

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    Re: Expensive whiskey=cheep beer

    My numbers work because I gave the price for a 12-pack. Lets say a full case (24) costs 15.00. Then the cost goes down to .63 a beer; a slightly higher mark-up but not double. If micro-brews are to be examined, the comparison should be with reserve or high proof spirits. I'm not prepared to work up numbers on that.

 

 

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