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The Price of Drinks

Hey folks. What I am curious about here, is what YOU think is a reasonable price for drinks. We have all seen in the news the recent ban on dollar drinks, and many people lament that loss to downtown drinking culture. What I want to know, is how much is too much? When are the prices too high? As a quick information piece, I will share some price breakdowns as they currently stand, in what i see as gross overcharging. At the Dome or the Palace on a busy night like Friday or Saturday, drinks are extremely pricey, priced as follows: Shots, $4-6 (usually on the 6 end); Beer, $4-7 (depending on type and bottling); Coolers (such as Bacardi Breezers, Smirnoff Ice, etc) $5-6, and finally, the granddaddy of them all; mix drinks, $6-7.50!!! A short breakdown in price of a mix drink is as follows for a drink as common as a screwdriver (vodka and orange juice): 1) Price of Liquor: While it is hard for the consumer to know exactly what the bar pays for its liquor because distilleries work out deals with bars on an individual basis, let's take what it costs a consumer for a quart of smirnoff vodka. At the NSLC, with taxes in, a quart of Smirnoff is $25. A quart of vodka contains 25 1oz shots of vodka (the standard quantity in a screwdriver). This means that there is (at consumer price for vodka) $1 of vodka in each drink. 2) Costs of extra ingredients: The other ingredients in a screwdriver are only orange juice and ice. Their orange juice, mixed from juice crystals, and their ice made in a high volume ice machine, each cost pennies. 3) The labour behind the drink prep. This is not only the bartender but the dishwasher, the bouncers, the management, etc. The total cost for a drink such as the Screwdriver? At the most, $1, considering that the bars get liquor cheaper than $25/quart (hey, you would cheaper too if you asked a distillery how much it would cost for hundreds of quarts of their brand per month). I am not saying that bars do not need to make a profit, but I consider that what they are doing, is marking up far higher than necessary. What i want to know from YOU, is how much IS fair? Consider that bars need to make a profit, but as well consider that students dont want to be broke from one night of spending (unless of course you pay your tuition at night...). - David Foster PS: please note that these prices generally refer to Friday and Saturday nights downtown Halifax
Mix drinks. These take a well trained and experienced bartender anywhere from 10 - 40 seconds to make.
$2.00
$3.00
$4.00
$5.00
$6.00
$7.00
>$7.00
Shots. These take as long as it takes a bartender to pour from a bottle into a little cup. If it takes longer than 10 seconds, we have a problem... (this does not include layered or mixed shooters such as the popular pornstar or one of many mixed or layered shooters. These take as much time as a mix drink to make)
$1 (although it is now illegal in NS, I thought I would include it)
$1.50
$2.00
$2.50
$3.00
$4.00
$5.00
$6.00 (the price at Halifax nightclubs on Fridays and Saturdays)
>$6.00
Draft (or Keg) Beer (Here in NS usually something like Keiths, a local brand). These cost the consumer anywhere from $1.50-3 when bought in larger packs (6, 12, 24 etc.) at the NSLC. This requires that the bartender opens the bottle.
$2.00
$2.50
$3.00
$3.50
$4.00 (the approximate price at a PUB in Halifax, like the Lower Deck, Split Crow, etc.)
$5.00
$6.00 (the approximate price at Halifax nightclubs)
>$6.00
Coolers. For those who like their drinks truly sugary, these drinks are available at the NSLC for around $2.50 each (when purchased in quantity).
$2.50
$3.00
$3.50
$4.00
$4.50
$5.00
$6.00 (the present cost at Halifax nightclubs)
>$6.00
Shooters. This is a hard one to price, because shooters can range from a mix drink that is just more potent than what would be served in a glass, to a layered shooter that looks cool as hell! Either way, they DO take a bit of work, and subsequently, they usually cost the same as a mix drink, ~$7.00, and cost the bar slightly more to make than shots because they often include liqueurs which are more expensive than vodka, rum or tequila (probably closer to $1.00 for the bar to make). If you wish, you can leave some input on this one...
$3.00
$3.50
$4.00
$4.50
$5.00
$5.50
$6.00
$6.50
$7.00 (usually the price in Halifax nightclubs)
>$7.00
Please feel free to leave any additional comments. Share your opinion of all things to do with the combination of money and drinks.
This poll was created on 2008-01-13 05:05:43 by fosterd3