Bar Basics

TIP 1

Water & Non-Alcoholic Beverages

On the average, expect guests to drink 2 drinks or servings of a nonalcoholic beverage the first hour and 1 each hour thereafter. Remember, people drink more when the weather is warm.

TIP 2

Bar Drinks

If you plan to serve bar drinks, you should allow 1.5 ounces of liquor for each drink. This will yield approximately 16 drinks from each 750-milliliter bottle of liquor.

TIP 3

Serving Wine

When serving wine, plan on one 750-milliliter bottle for every two guests (one bottle for every 3 to 4 guests if the wine will be served only during a meal). If you prefer to buy the large 1.5-liter bottle of wine, it will serve 4 guests (6 to 8 guests if served only during a meal).

TIP 4

Ordering Beer

When ordering beer for a party, allow about 12 ounces per guest for every half hour to hour. You might want to buy a keg if you have a large crowd.

How to Stocked Your Bar for a Party

Keep your guests happy with a nice selection of beverages.  When planning your shopping list, consider the type of event, time of day, location, onsite amenities, staff and your guests.

Basic Shopping List

  • Water –  Be sure your guests stay hydrated and if your budget allows offer sparkling water
  • Sodas and Juices – Offer a simple selection that can be served alone or mixed
  • Wine, Beer and Champagne - a good staple to serve at any party
  • Mixers - Plan on plenty of tonic water and include diet sodas and juices
  • Lemons & Limes - Prepare a head of time have slices and twists handy
  • Olives & Maraschino Cherries – A nice touch at a bar station
  • Ice - Buy enough so you don’t run out.  Plan to have more when the weather is hot
  • Cocktail Napkins – Buy extra if serving passed hors d’oeuvres

Full Bar Set Up

  • Gin
  • Tequila
  • Bourbon
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Dry Vermouth
  • Rum
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Vodka
  • Scotch
  • Martini Shaker
  • Martini Olives
  • Bar Towels
  • Long Mixing Spoon
  • Ice Bucket & Scoop or Tongs
  • Wine Opener
  • Toothpicks
  • Straws
  • Umbrellas
  • Sugars
  • Salt
  • Blender