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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 10:26 AM
Went to the Outback Steakhouse last night for dinner with the Mrs. and Jr. Ordered a J&C to start. My entree was the New York steak with a baked potato and salad for $19. No complaints there. Yum! Yum! The bill comes and I see the J&C was $8! That equals 42% of the cost of my entree! What a swindle!

Good thing the Mrs. had ice tea (only $2) and Jr. had milk (free since he's only 4). If they had J&C's too I'd be broke for the rest of the week!

I'm going to start using that Rebel Yell Bourbon hip flask and bring my own next time. Rebel Yell is only $10 at the local Trader Joes! Mixed with Coke or Pepsi or whatever (and a lime wedge too) and it tastes the same.

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 10:35 AM
That is crazy pricing for sure, here's another story...

I stopped at the liquor store yesterday, bought a bottle of Benedictine, nice liquor my girlfriend and I enjoy...anyhow saw next to it a bottle of Cointreau, read the label...it's an orange based spirit...

I noticed it was a couple of bucks more than the Benedictine, the Cointreau was I believe $32.00 a bottle. So I says to myself, I'm going to see if they have one of those smaller bottles of this stuff, so I can try it to see if I like it...

Oh they did alright, but that smaller bottle (not a miniature, but not the full size) was $26.00.

So the full size bottle was $32 and the little bottle was $26...I bought neither.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 10:36 AM
Yeah this is nothing new unfortunately. I never purchase alcohol at dinner. In fact, most places we go it is BYOB which is awesome.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 10:37 AM
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Sounds like cough medicine.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 10:44 AM
We have an Outback Steakhouse here but,never go there. We went a few times but,there are much better places to eat here that are far less expensive...esp. on the drinks...plus,i like to go where there is also entertainment....saw the Last Waltz Ensemble not long ago while dining out downtown...

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 11:06 AM
Benedictine, in a bottle ?

I thought that was the stuff they made those little cucumber sandwiches with.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 11:14 AM
That is why i would skip the mixed drinks. The pricing is just silly.

My wife and I went to a restaurant with another couple. They ordered a bottle of wine. Cost was $32 for the bottle. The next day I pointed out the same wine at the store for $9.

Some places like to rake it in on the booze. Outback is like that as is Boston Pizza.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 11:23 AM
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Benedictine, in a bottle ?

I thought that was the stuff they made those little cucumber sandwiches with.


I sure do not know what you are referring to but I do like cucumbers....

Anyhoo, yes it is a decent liquor if that is your thing.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 11:23 AM
I like NJ for the reason that many restaurants, especially at the shore where we go in the summer, do not have liquor licenses. You can stroll in, bring a nice bottle of wine, have them cork it, and your happy knowing that you didnt get jacked by their quadrupeling of the actual bottle price.
Here in NY, the prices are much higher than $8 for a Jack and coke-$8 is what it costs for that on the Metro North train in a plastic cup!-in a restuaruant or bar, it is closer to $12.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 11:24 AM
Flasks. that would solve the problem.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 12:19 PM
If you're odering a mixed drink in restaurant, never ask for it by using a brand name unless you're willing to pay the premium. When ordering a mixed drink, ask what the brand the "house" uses. Chances are if you had ordered a "whiskey and coke", you would have gotten a "Jack and Coke" but without having to pay $8 for it.

As far as using a "flask" in a restaurant, just make sure you don't get caught, as you'll surely be quickly escorted out the door, and told 'never to return".

 

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Went to the Outback Steakhouse last night for dinner with the Mrs. and Jr. Ordered a J&C to start. My entree was the New York steak with a baked potato and salad for $19. No complaints there. Yum! Yum! The bill comes and I see the J&C was $8! That equals 42% of the cost of my entree! What a swindle!

Good thing the Mrs. had ice tea (only $2) and Jr. had milk (free since he's only 4). If they had J&C's too I'd be broke for the rest of the week!

I'm going to start using that Rebel Yell Bourbon hip flask and bring my own next time. Rebel Yell is only $10 at the local Trader Joes! Mixed with Coke or Pepsi or whatever (and a lime wedge too) and it tastes the same.

http://www.rebelyellwhiskey.com/home.html


You need to get out more. You dined in a Restaurant that lures in the 55+ crowd with promises of inexpensive chow. Alcohol is a big % of their profit.

 

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Went to the Outback Steakhouse last night for dinner with the Mrs. and Jr. Ordered a J&C to start. My entree was the New York steak with a baked potato and salad for $19. No complaints there. Yum! Yum! The bill comes and I see the J&C was $8! That equals 42% of the cost of my entree! What a swindle!

Good thing the Mrs. had ice tea (only $2) and Jr. had milk (free since he's only 4). If they had J&C's too I'd be broke for the rest of the week!

I'm going to start using that Rebel Yell Bourbon hip flask and bring my own next time. Rebel Yell is only $10 at the local Trader Joes! Mixed with Coke or Pepsi or whatever (and a lime wedge too) and it tastes the same.

http://www.rebelyellwhiskey.com/home.html


You need to get out more. You dined in a Restaurant that lures in the 55+ crowd with promises of inexpensive chow. Alcohol is a big % of their profit.


this is true thats way they adverise the 2 platter specials
I ended up paying about seven bucks once at ruby tuesday for a michelob
because on the label it says a premium beer
and another time got jacked at a locally owned bar for southpaw because they claim its an important

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 12:44 PM
A lot of good points made here in this thread, but what most folks don't realize is that there is a significant mark up on the prices of mixed drinks simply because a most resturant/bars are required to pay additional city/county/state taxes on the alcohol itself in order to sale it to their customers. And, the establishments are required to obtain permits as well. So, the cost of alcohol compared to the cost of food is often significantly different, which is passed on to you the consumer. Supply and demand affects everyone.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 01:08 PM
Restaurants usually break even on the food between food, staff and other expenses. It's the alcohol where they make their profit.
 

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A lot of good points made here in this thread, but what most folks don't realize is that there is a significant mark up on the prices of mixed drinks simply because a most resturant/bars are required to pay additional city/county/state taxes on the alcohol itself in order to sale it to their customers. And, the establishments are required to obtain permits as well. So, the cost of alcohol compared to the cost of food is often significantly different, which is passed on to you the consumer. Supply and demand affects everyone.


Here's a typical example of cost:

A bottle of "well" bourbon, (no name) costs the owner roughly $12. A bottle of Jack costs roughly $18. That $6 is Huge, (33%) There are in between 22 and 28 shots of booze in a bottle, let's say 24. At $5 a pour, the well (shot...50 cents cost).... bottle brings in $120...The Jack, at $8 brings in $192...multiply that X 12 bottles in a case....and you can see why booze is more expensive...it's cost effective. Maybe not to you, but a lot of people will have 3, 4, 5 Drinks every time they walk in the door. Booze pays the rent, plain & simple.

Now compare/contrast that to food. That $19 (New York steak with a baked potato and salad) he spent on dinner cost the restaurant in between $8-9 to produce, (labor, refrigeration..etc.) That's only a $10 profit..(if they're lucky) on that plate.

You begin to see why so many restaurants fail.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 01:13 PM
i been jacked at a couple of places on beer & drinks before too,,,,,,,,,,,the one wat got away wit me the most was payin 2.50 for a friggin .50 cent sprite at gabba in 2007,,,,,,,,i told miss thang if she needed anythang else to drank we'd go to the store down the road & git her somethin,,,,,,,,,,,,i dont buy drinks or beer in restaurants or concerts no more,,,,,,i git tea,,,,,,,,,

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 01:26 PM
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Benedictine

Sounds like cough medicine.
It's yummy ... nice after-dinner drink. B&B which is Brandy and Benedictine is also a good after-dinner.

$8 for a Jack & Coke at an Outback??? Seems out of line to me.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 01:27 PM
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$8 for a Jack & Coke at an Outback??? Seems out of line to me.


Buckle up...prices can only go higher

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 02:35 PM
I never buy drinks at shows, restaurants or sporting events and I don't go to bars anymore. Drinking in these places is one of the biggest swindles ever. $5 to $8 bucks for a beer or drink depending on where you are. That is crazy IMO. I would rather have a couple of friends over when I feel like drinking. Much cheaper to drink at home and stay sober for the show. I'm not a big drinker to begin with but refuse to pay those ridiculous prices just so I can sit and drink in a different place. When they charge a reasonable price, say $3 for a beer than I may think about downing a couple at a show or sporting event.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 02:52 PM
$8 for a Jack & Coke? Must have been a hell of a jack...or some really good coke.
 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 03:00 PM
I once ordered a martini in a hotel. The cost was $22. As you can imagine, I quickly cut myself off.

 

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I once ordered a martini in a hotel. The cost was $22. As you can imagine, I quickly cut myself off.


This happened to me in Santa Fe, N.M. once. I ordered a Martini, watched the Bartender make it, place it in front of me and then ask for $21.75....I looked at him and said, "I changed my mind"... "I'll have a beer"... he told me that I had ordered it, therefore I had to pay. I replied that since "I had walked in, I was walking out"....and I did.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 04:29 PM
Any time you order a "call" liquor in a bar or restaurant, you're gonna get ripped, this is not exactly news. That's just part of how they make a living.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2009 at 05:26 PM
At the W Hotel in Buckhead (Hotlanta) my Makers on the rocks were $11 each !!!! We had 4 of 'em total. That's more than the 1.75 liters I buy at 39.97.

 

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