How much alcohol you’ll need for your event.
Frequently Asked Bar Questions
- 1.5 pounds of ice per person for alcoholic drinks
- 1 pound of ice per person for non-alcoholic drinks
- 100 pounds – per 150 quart (large ) ice chest used to hold drinks
- 60-70 pounds – per 80-100 quart (medium) ice chest used to hold drinks
- Bottled or Canned Beer / 8- 10 second serving time
- Wine / 15 – 20 second serving time
- Draft Beer / 20 – 25 second serving time (could be more depending on setup and location of kegs).
- 2-Step Mixed Drink / 20+ seconds
- 3-Step Mixed Drink / 25 – 30+ seconds
- Mixed drinks with muddling – 35+ seconds
- Garnish for beer or mixed drinks
- Bar ice to chill the beer and wine
- Water bottles for after the caterer leaves.
- Salt or sugar for rimming specific drinks
- Drink sign – though not needed, this does help when signature drinks are served
Two drinks are usually consumed by each guest during the cocktail hour and one drink will be consumed each hour after that.
You can get 16 mixed drinks from a 750ml bottle of liquor, 22 mixed drinks from a 1-Liter bottle of liquor, and 38 drinks from a handle (1.75 liters) of liquor.
5 to 6 glasses per 750ml bottle, depending on how heavy the pour is.
You can get 6 regular pours from a 750ml bottle of champagne. For toasts, you can get 8 pours from a 750ml bottle of champagne.
- Full Keg = 1/2 barrel = 15.5 gallons = 165 – 12 ounce servings
- Pony Keg = 1/4 barrel = 7.75 gallons = 83 – 12 ounce servings
- Wine: 9-ounce
- Beer: 16 ounce
- Mixed Drinks: 12-ounce
- Non-Alcoholic Drinks: 12-16 ounce