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Old 10-29-2013, 09:22 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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From my experience, it's best if you and your companion are going to have more than 1 glass of wine each ... order a bottle or a carafe. Most restaurants I patronize - and the are nice and not cheap places - charge about $5 - $9 per glass. You can buy a bottle starting around $35 per bottle; but of course they have $100 and $200 bottles too.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:27 PM
 
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Quit acting like you're surprised. ALL ALCOHOL is hideously overpriced at restaurants and bars. You know this before ordering it.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:32 PM
 
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Went out for an expensive supper the other night and while i normally drink beer this time i thought i'd go for wine,.So i order a glass of wine and the little caraffe only fills the glass halfway,as the evening went on i ordered 2 more glasses that were also half glasses, everything went well other than the wine which turned out to be $10 per glass i'll presume this is normal ripoff at these types of small specialty restaurants. they must make a financial killing with their wine as i could have walkied to the liquor store and bought 5 bottles of wine for the price i paid for the wife and i's 6 half glasses of wine.
Think thats the first and last time i'll buy wine at a restaurant, i'll stay with the beer instead.
A-ha. That explained it.

Why do you think restaurants serve alcohol? Mooooonaaay.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I thought everyone was aware of restaurant markup on alcohol?
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I thought everyone was aware of restaurant markup on alcohol?
Especially someone who doesn't blush at paying $6.50 for a bottle of beer.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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Yeah, alcohol in general is so marked up at restaurants that I cringe if I think about it too long. But I like to eat out, and I like alcohol, so I figure I'm paying to enjoy both of those things at once.

Sometimes I order mixed drinks because they seem slightly less marked up to me, but the problem there is often in the quality of the drink. I can order a vodka tonic at one place and just taste tonic water, then at another place (or heck, at the same place on a different night) and get a straight gulp of vodka...neither of which appeals to me.

So mostly I stick with wine. My husband is not a wine drinker at all, he primarily drinks beer, which I can't stand. If I think there's a chance that I'll have more than one glass of wine (and there's often a chance!), I just order a bottle. I feel a little silly ordering the bottle just for me, but all restaurants around here will let you cork it and take home what you don't drink. Mostly, the price of the bottle comes out to be not a ton more than the price of two glasses, so it's really a no-brainer on my end.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:53 AM
 
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We are cheap and mostly do our drinking at home for this reason. Plus, it's more relaxing to open a bottle of wine and share it hanging out in front of the fireplace, or have beers in the backyard than when out and about.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Yeah, alcohol in general is so marked up at restaurants that I cringe if I think about it too long. But I like to eat out, and I like alcohol, so I figure I'm paying to enjoy both of those things at once.
Makes me glad that BYOB is a popular option around here.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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I WISH restaurants here would let you take the rest of your bottle home! And BYOB?? Really?? Restaurants in Chicago do that?? I hadn't noticed, I was just there a couple weeks ago and spent plenty of money on wine I tell ya!!!
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I WISH restaurants here would let you take the rest of your bottle home! And BYOB?? Really?? Restaurants in Chicago do that?? I hadn't noticed, I was just there a couple weeks ago and spent plenty of money on wine I tell ya!!!
BYOB is very uncommon for restaurants that have liquor licenses. It's more for restaurants that don't. You're more likely to find it in neighborhood restaurants than those in the more tourist-oriented areas.

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