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Sticker Shock at Beer Bars (Part Two)

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by shebby, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Sirvis

    Sirvis Aficionado (230) Michigan Apr 29, 2012

    Yup...Whole Foods not only has great draft prices, their bottles are also a buck or two less than most local craft stores. WF by me has a decent selection, had about 10 cases of Hop Slam after everyone else was out and they had a Bolt Cutter in the back which the let me buy. I dont drink out besides going to Kuhnhenn for some limited releases. Come to think abut it, most restaurants charge $2.50 for a coke! I'll spend that $2.50 on some great brew instead :D
     
  2. I get buy backs in the Boston area, some places more than others. In RI i get a buy back at one place most of the time, and another place was selling FBS bottles for $2.50. But as other locals have said it isn't cheap around here.
     
  3. Your beer will be great though, or you wouldn't serve it. The thought of some of these other bars with lesser standards doing that makes me shudder...
     
  4. BMitch

    BMitch Aficionado (235) Virginia Jul 10, 2012

    Sounds like a lot of you should just stop going out period.
     
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  5. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    Amen!
     
  6. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (955) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    A while back I paid $7 for a 1.5oz pour of Xyauyu Copper 2004 at a bar...is that an exorbitant price? Sure. Is it better to try it first before dropping $50 on a full bottle? You betcha.

    Bars are almost always a worse deal than you sitting at home drinking, but if you want the ambiance of a bar you have to pay for it.
     
  7. unclekeith

    unclekeith Savant (400) Alaska Sep 4, 2012

    $10 for a 8 oz pour of Anchorage Barley Wine, but the price was clearly marked on the board. It was worth it once, not sure about twice.
     
  8. Most of the bars here in Cambridge/Boston are wildly inconsistent in their pricing. There are some ubiquitous beers that go for $8+ for 10oz, where as other fantastic beers that can be had for >$7 for a pint. I've basically accepted that it's going to cost me $8 for a beer at a bar here. It sucks.

    Down in Alabama, though the selection wasn't nearly as good, $7 was about the high end for craft beer.
     
  9. craigo19

    craigo19 Savant (270) Michigan Oct 12, 2009

    Here's some more reverse sticker shock. A bar by me has all draft beers $2.50 including craft beer on Sundays. Needless to say this past Sunday $10 and four pints of Hopslam later, my palate is fried and my wife is driving me home.
     
  10. dmfc906

    dmfc906 Aficionado (130) Illinois Jul 2, 2010

    are people really complaining that they can get a better price per ounce buying a six pack from a store instead of a beer at a bar? Next you'll be complaining that the steak you bought at a restaurant cost more than one at Costco
     
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  11. And not just on special ticker beers either. At this point I just assume $10 /beer with tip (and sometimes tax) on anything I order, if it comes in less than that, I'm pleasantly surprised.
     
  12. At my local craft beer bar, Two Stones Pub, their beers ranges from $3 (yards ipa, victory hopdevil) to $ 12 bucks for 10 oz pours (DFH Birra Etrusca, olde school, etc) Heres a picture to give you a little insight on some "rare" bottle costs... Note the Dogfish Heads and Bourbon County Coffee, and especially the voodoo doughnut[​IMG]
     
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  13. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Savant (490) Kentucky Apr 20, 2004

    Its almost like someone could write some sort of textbook with that as an example. I wonder what we would call that field?
     
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  14. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Savant (275) Washington Jul 18, 2012


    As Don Younger said, "Happy Hours are for rookies and whores."
     
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  15. I'm lucky to live in a rural enough area that beer prices stay relatively low, $3.00 Hopslams during Happy Hour and $4.50 anytime. Not many craft beers off the draft will ever get over $5.00
     
  16. It is getting to be a pain in boston...When you go out places and the best option is a 6-7 dollar SNPA...then you go to a self proclaimed "beer bar" yard house and they dont have anything special or anything seasonal from. No Nugget Nectar or Sucks or Founders RIS. In fact the bar tender had never heard of any of them.

    It leaves me sticking to locals at 7 dollar range, which is still high.

    I only go because it is 2 blocks from my apt.
     
  17. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poobah (1,135) Arizona Jun 18, 2002

    A local place here sells some Belgians, even Chimay, for $12/goblet.
     
  18. fredmugs

    fredmugs Champion (870) Indiana Aug 11, 2012

    I was on my way last night to pony up $7 to try the Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout and decided to stop in a local store first and found a 4 pack for $7.50. And a Plead the 5th.
     
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  19. We may be talking about two different things. Define "Boston area."

    Also, I'm referencing places you don't go to frequently. That's different. When I go to NY, these are bars I've never been to, and I get buy backs. And that's in the city too.
     
  20. 15 dollars for basically a five ounce pour of PTY in a flight. Would have rather had two full pours of PTE.
     
  21. Mostly Cambridge/Somerville for me.
     
  22. shauncarlyn

    shauncarlyn Initiate (15) Feb 26, 2013

    I have also the same story.
     
  23. erichall

    erichall Aficionado (195) Kentucky Nov 13, 2008

    Just got back from New Orleans. I dont think i paid less than 7 bucks for a drink the entire 4 days. In the quarter, the plus side was that 20 oz pours into plastic cups of Abita were cheaper than Bud Light Aluminum Pints.

    I would also recommend the Avenue Pub on St Charles. One of the best beer and whiskey bars I have been to.
     
  24. BlackDragon

    BlackDragon Initiate (0) Michigan Feb 16, 2013

    well at some point this will stop when enough people start doing what i do personally I won't get anything at a bar thats availible in a bottle the price sucks they don't pour right serve at the right temp or in the right glass and lots of times the service sucks I'll enjoy the beer more at home anyways.
     
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  25. 9 bucks? maybe a tad high but seems reasonable to me. Here in DC a bottle of Corona will set you back 6, but Craft Pints $6-$9 .... Green Flash West Coast IPA $6 Duckrabbit Milk Stout $7 , Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA $9
    (Molly Malones) FYI a Marguirita sets you back 8, 9.5 if you want Patron
     
  26. bld81

    bld81 Aficionado (215) Missouri Mar 9, 2009

    I was at the same bar last night and the bartender did tell a different patron the size/price when that particular beer was ordered. As an aside, the managers there have said kegs of Nebraska are always crazy expensive. I was told recently their keg of Nebraska Brewing Fathead BW was more expensive than Founder's CBS (d'oh!)
     
  27. DanielNicholson

    DanielNicholson Disciple (60) Texas Aug 17, 2012

    $13 for some Avery Tweak last night. There was a big fuss in Houston, TX about Saint Arnolds BB2 being sold for 15 buck at some bars. 8 was a good average
     
  28. Pecan

    Pecan Savant (445) California Dec 20, 2012

    Paid a total of ~$115 for a bottle of 2012 Cable Car and a bottle of 2007 Abyss at a bar the other night. Good news: Worth it.
     
  29. kdb150

    kdb150 Savant (495) Pennsylvania Mar 8, 2012

    Now THAT's a ripoff. Monk's Cafe in Philly charges $18. For Cantillon Classic Gueuze. I think Tilquin goes for $14 or $15. I know things are more expensive in NYC, but I don't think anyone, anywhere should EVER charge more than $20 for an 11.2/12/12.7 oz. bottle of something that is widely available. I don't mind paying bar markup of 200% or 300%, or more, for something that is difficult to find or of a past vintage, but I hate seeing prices at bars that are totally unjustified. Many places, including ones who really ought to know better, seem to have no shame in charging ridiculous prices for beer.
     
  30. dar482

    dar482 Advocate (700) New York Mar 9, 2007

    I mean, do be fair, I've seen Oude Tiliquin sold in beer stores from $7-12 in NYC. Huge range, but I've seen both those prices.
     
  31. I really don't understand why you'd think $21 for a 375 of Tilquin Oude Gueuze is a complete ripoff at a nice bar in Manhattan. Maybe it's a bit high in general, but I think it's pretty reasonable for Manhattan. Remember, it's not the same as draft pricing.
     
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  32. Yeah. Been there. Done that.
     
  33. Don't like the prices at bars? There's always the couch and the beer fridge.
     
  34. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (380) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    Yup. My sticker shock comes when I see $6 Bud Lights and $7+ for standard craft (SA, SNPA, etc.). Too many times meeting friends at a bar and leaving after a couple beers and a $40+ tab. I will say the craft bars I've been to have generally clearly labeled price and volume so you know what you're getting. Still, you'd be hard pressed to find much in the sub $7-$8 range
     
  35. unclejimbay

    unclejimbay Savant (380) Florida Aug 25, 2008

    If you have extreme sticker shock you should take up homebrewing.

    You can brew a batch of beer for about the price of 2x$9 pours. You can brew even something like the rare stuff for about 3x$9 pours. Seriously. Ouch!

    No criticism intended, just food for thought for the non homebrewing BA crowd.
     
  36. I just went up to Portsmouth this past weekend. Bought an Old Rasputin and Mamma's Lil' Yellow Pils on draft, total was $7.38. How much do you think Old Rasputin alone would be on draft in Boston?
     
  37. Where was this?
     
  38. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,130) Washington Sep 24, 2007

    Plus the cost of equipment. And don't forget to add in at least minimum wage for your time if you're going to count pennies.
     
  39. I believe it was Gaslight.
     
  40. denver10

    denver10 Champion (900) Kentucky Nov 17, 2010

    Hit up a Pub in Vegas back in January....$12 for a pint of Anchor Christmas Ale. I had to leave after that, couldn't stomach that cost.
     

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