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  • Post #61 - May 10th, 2019, 3:14 pm
    Post #61 - May 10th, 2019, 3:14 pm Post #61 - May 10th, 2019, 3:14 pm
    I don't understand why anyone would be surprised or upset that cocktails (or wine) would be rather expensive at a restaurant whose standard dinner menu is $185 per person.
  • Post #62 - May 10th, 2019, 3:24 pm
    Post #62 - May 10th, 2019, 3:24 pm Post #62 - May 10th, 2019, 3:24 pm
    nsxtasy wrote:I don't understand why anyone would be surprised or upset that cocktails (or wine) would be rather expensive at a restaurant whose standard dinner menu is $185 per person.

    These were cocktails with dinner at the bar, where it's reasonable to assume that prices and average tickets are not as high as they are in the dining room.

    The GP wrote:We hit the bar at Acadia last night for dinner.

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  • Post #63 - May 10th, 2019, 3:57 pm
    Post #63 - May 10th, 2019, 3:57 pm Post #63 - May 10th, 2019, 3:57 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:These were cocktails with dinner at the bar, where it's reasonable to assume that prices and average tickets are not as high as they are in the dining room.

    Average tickets, certainly, assuming you're not getting the full tasting menu. But is it customary for restaurants to charge different prices for the same drinks (cocktails, wine, etc) at the bar vs in the dining room? I wouldn't expect the prices to be any different, but I honestly don't know what the prevalent practice in the industry is (or whether it's any different for fine dining restaurants vs the more affordable places). What's typically done?
  • Post #64 - May 11th, 2019, 8:13 am
    Post #64 - May 11th, 2019, 8:13 am Post #64 - May 11th, 2019, 8:13 am
    Or perhaps the cocktail-bar-attached-or-adjacent-to-a-Michelin-star-restaurant is officially a thing. Kumiko's drinks are between $18-28; Aviary is roughly $20-31. I agree that there's still a bit of sticker shock seeing a $20+ cocktail, but the precedent is there.
  • Post #65 - May 11th, 2019, 10:29 am
    Post #65 - May 11th, 2019, 10:29 am Post #65 - May 11th, 2019, 10:29 am
    Went on an impromptu west loop bar crawl early Friday night and here are some data points.

    Moneygun - 11.75 for all their cocktails. I love this place and would consider it a hidden gem.

    Kumiko - 16 to 21 and worth every penny for the quality of service

    Lone wolf - 14 to 16. The place is what it is but the drinks were good

    Cocktail prices are like beers at entertainment venues. Sticker shock and annoyance at first. But I'm a sucker and still not high enough for me to abstain

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