What determines the price of a drink at a bar?
March 11, 2013 11:38 AM Subscribe
What determines the price of a drink at a bar? Why does it differ drastically in different places?
posted by sandmanwv to society & culture (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've noticed that your average-run-of-mill bar (sports, chicken tenders) in different cities have different prices for your average run-of-mill beer (Bud Light, Miller Light, etc), whether it's $6 in NYC, $4.50 in DC or $3 in some college town (this is difference in up to 100% on retail cost). When I go buy a keg or case from a store the prices are alot more similar than the bar prices, however (or in the case of the college town, the keg prices is WAAAY higher than the one in another pricier city.).
I've always assumed that price is sort of sticky, that prices should be similar to similar places in the same locale.
I met a person who works with beer distributing that mentions it actually has alot to do with the wholesale cost, which changes depening on the local jurisdiction, etc.
Also, has anyone tried to create a CBI (calculated beer index)?