We are here to assist you in preparing your menu and your shopping list for your upcoming event. This page consists of recommendations and ideas but is meant to be used only as a guideline. Feel free to mix it up and create whatever menu you want!
We will start with looking at what type of standard menu you might want to serve. From there, we can look at how many drinks you'll need of each menu item for your event, and then we will help convert that into a shopping list for yourself.
If you decide to book your services with us, we can help you dive in and customize your shopping list more to account for light and heavy drinkers, limited menus during cocktail hours, wine pairing to meals, and more!
With cocktail parties, dinner parties, poker nights, and corporate events all having very different consumption averages, it is impossible to accurately estimate the needed drinks for every event perfectly, but there are some guidelines that we can use to get within a close range. We will give you the tools to get a rough estimate of the amount of drinks you'll need to purchase for your upcoming event. This does not take in to effect your specific guests' drinking habits (are they light, average or heavy drinkers), your event's vibe (is it upbeat with a club scene or an office party) or any other more specific event details. We can help you get a more accurate number after booking.
To figure out how much beer, wine, and/or liquor you'll need, you can simply divide the drinks up evenly between each beverage option you choose to provide your guests (ie: beer, wine, liquor). For a more in depth shopping list, we can help you account for your guests preferring more wine or more beer over another option and so on. For simplicity, you may divide the drink count by half for two options or by 3 for three options.
Example: 100 guests x 4 hours = 500 drinks
500 drinks / 3 drink options (beer, wine + liquor) = 167 drinks of each
1 12oz bottle or can = 1 drink
1 16oz bottle or can = 1 drink
1 half barrel keg = 125 drinks
1 quarter barrel keg = 62 drinks
1 750mL bottle = 5 drinks
1.5L bottle = 10 drinks
3L box = 20 drinks
5L box = 34 drinks
1 750mL bottle = 16 drinks
1L bottle = 22 drinks
1.5L bottle = 33 drinks
1.75L bottle = 39 drinks
3L bottle = 67 drinks
4.5L bottle = 101 drinks
Now take how many drinks total of beer, wine, and/or liquor you calculated from the step before and divide by the number of drinks in the size of bottle you want to purchase.
(167 drinks of wine / 5 drinks per 1 750mL bottle) = 34 750mL bottles
Beer - 167 bottles or cans OR about 7 24-packs
Wine - 34 750mL bottles or 17 1.5L bottles
Liquor - 8 1L bottls OR 4 1.75L bottles
Once you've booked your services with us, we can help you tweak your shopping list to account for more detailed circumstances and review with you to answer any questions you have!