Wilfrid Posted January 19 Share Posted January 19 https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/19/nyregion/dry-january-bars-liquor-stores.html Okay, so "Dry January" is trendy. But that's clearly not the only problem for bars. A bigger problem, that will surely stretch beyond January, is the price of drinking in bars. I am sure I am far from alone in having the cost differential between home-drinking and bar-drinking brought forcefully home to me by the lockdown and then the limited bar services (outdoor drinking, compulsory food, etc) that followed. I know we've spoken about that here before. Recent experiences underline it. Wines by the glass at Le Crocodile typically priced around $19 -- the same as an appetizer. And if you look at the bottle price on the list for the same wine, you are paying way more than the 300% bottle mark-up if you go BTG. And 300% seemed steep. I was talking to a bartender in a local bar and he admitted (there was no-one there except me) that he often chooses to drink cocktails at home. We reflected that it was easy to make an $18-$20 cocktail at home for a couple of bucks. The differential there is insane. Beer is less of an issue, but I did a modest local bar crawl on Sunday night. I found the exact same pilsner on draft for $10 plus tip at one bar, $7 plus tip at another bar a couple of blocks away. Guess where I'll be drinking it in future. I am not suggesting this is greed (for the most part anyway). Bars have that dilemma that in order to charge enough to stay open, they have to charge enough to keep customers away. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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