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  1. #11
    Mr. Anal Retentive Bourbon Drinker
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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    Standard bottle size is 750 ml, which is 25.36 ounces. If I find a that any place charges more than 4x the bottle price for their standard pour, I'm going to go elsewhere or maybe have a beer.

    Example - Knob Creek is common pour at most bars around town. I know I can buy a bottle of Knob Creek for $25. If a pour is 2oz, then that bar will pour 12 drinks per bottle. Using 4x rule, Knob Creek is a $100 bottle/12 = $8.33. If pour is only 1.25oz, then $100/20 = $5.

    I know restaurants and bars need a mark up to stay in business. 4X cost is a very high gross margin. What I find is that chain type places are the worst for pour to price. Example, my local Chili's uses an exact pour of 1.25oz and they never vary this. They charge $7 for Knob creek, so I'm not buying.

    I recently went to a cigar bar that had a very good selection of whiskey. I had a Thomas Handy Rye and it looked expensive on menu; $14. But, the pour was a good 3ozs. Using the same 4x rule, Handy goes for $55, so $220/8 pours/per bottle at 3+oz = $27.50. So, that was a very fair price.

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    I just read my post below and I have to say it shows why I have the title "Mr Anal Retentive Bourbon Drinker"

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    Ya think?!?!

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    I don't know how it works in other states, but when I was in college in Georgia I worked at a large liquor and wine store, and we regularly sold stuff retail at prices below (sometimes much below) the price restaurants and bars could buy it wholesale. We bought whole cases, while they usually bought a bottle or two, and sometimes we'd buy big lots of things for an extra discount.

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    Wadewood,

    Do you ask the bartender/server the size of their pour before ordering, or are you only applying this principle with sort of 20/20 hindsight and instances where you already know the pour size?

    I guess I'm wondering if it is a common thing or a good idea to inquire about such things before committing.

    Thanks,

    Tim

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    Quote Originally Posted by New2Whiskey View Post
    How much is a customary pour?

    A customary pour is no less than 16 ounces. If you believe this, I'll come on by for a drink.

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    Quote Originally Posted by NickAtMartinis View Post
    A customary pour is no less than 16 ounces. If you believe this, I'll come on by for a drink.
    Bartender: "What can I get for you?"
    HS Student at Party: "I'll take a Scotch!"
    Bartndr: "Straight Up or on the Rocks"
    HSSAP: "How bout you just give me the whole bottle?"
    Bartndr: "How's bout you bend over and I shove the whole bottle up your A$$!!"

    HSSAP: "ON THE ROCKS IS FINE"

    Customary all depends on what my objective is for the evening! If I'm sampling it's 2 - 3 oz but if I'm drinking it could be much more!!

    Cheers!
    Tony (You forgot to hook up the Doll!!) Curtis
    "So long as the presence of death lurks with anyone who goes through the simple act of swallowing, I will make mine whiskey"

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    Quote Originally Posted by ACDetroit View Post
    Bartender: "What can I get for you?"
    HS Student at Party: "I'll take a Scotch!"
    Bartndr: "Straight Up or on the Rocks"
    HSSAP: "How bout you just give me the whole bottle?"
    Bartndr: "How's bout you bend over and I shove the whole bottle up your A$$!!"

    HSSAP: "ON THE ROCKS IS FINE"

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    Quote Originally Posted by ACDetroit View Post
    Bartender: "What can I get for you?"
    HS Student at Party: "I'll take a Scotch!"
    Bartndr: "Straight Up or on the Rocks"
    HSSAP: "How bout you just give me the whole bottle?"
    Bartndr: "How's bout you bend over and I shove the whole bottle up your A$$!!"

    HSSAP: "ON THE ROCKS IS FINE"

    Customary all depends on what my objective is for the evening! If I'm sampling it's 2 - 3 oz but if I'm drinking it could be much more!!

    Cheers!
    Tony (You forgot to hook up the Doll!!) Curtis

    Fantastic "Weird Science" reference.

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taggerung View Post
    Wadewood,

    Do you ask the bartender/server the size of their pour before ordering, or are you only applying this principle with sort of 20/20 hindsight and instances where you already know the pour size?

    I guess I'm wondering if it is a common thing or a good idea to inquire about such things before committing.

    Thanks,

    Tim
    If you are at the bar, just watch the bartender to see if they are using a measuring device or free pouring. Sometimes, they might use measuring jigger but pour extra into glass as well. So, you should be able to roughly judge the pour size prior to ordering. If you are at a table and ordering from a server, it is more hindsight. I have not asked a server what is their pour size.

 

 

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