How should I get 170 people good and drunk?
June 27, 2007 8:38 AM Subscribe
I'm doing a (semi) limited bar at my wedding reception on a (semi) limited budget. What is the best hard liquor to serve? How much should I buy? We would also love to hear suggestions for wine and champagne that offer the most for our dollar.
posted by Alison to Food & Drink (25 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My reception facility is mercifully BYOB, so we will be stocking both bars. We want to serve beer (at least two kinds), wine (white and red), two or three kinds of hard liquor, and champagne if the budget allows. We're also doing a few signature cocktails, so our hard liquors will definitely include tequila and rum. Our facility will be stocking all of our mixers for us.
We'll have about 170 drinkers and a budget of $600-$700. However, if this is too little we can raid other areas of the budget to make sure we cover any monetary shortfalls.
1) Is about 3 glasses of beer per drinker enough? We can obtain two 1/2 kegs and two 1/4 kegs of two very nice beers for $250. That should yield almost 500 12 ounce glasses of beer.
2) How much red wine should we buy? How much white wine should we buy? What brands/vintages should we look for?
3) Are there any other hard liquors that we should consider stocking? How much should we buy?
4) What are some good budget champagne suggestions? Would it be terribly gauche to buy just a few bottles of the nicer stuff for the lucky few who get to them first?
I'm not much of a drinker, so please let me borrow your refined palettes.
Thank you, Ask Metafilter, for continuing to plan my wedding!