Talk about overcharging.

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2009/09/22 18:37:29 (permalink)

Talk about overcharging.

Friday night in Buffalo I ordered a double shot of Markers Mark at the hotel bar. They charged me 17 bucks. Ouch.
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/22 19:18:32 (permalink)
    The worst part is that this is not a really upscale hotel bar! I guess they can charge what they want when you are right by the airport and many people that stay there do not have a car!

    We went to a very elegant restaurant  (well.................glitzy)  in mid July just two miles from there and a huge Bombay  Sapphire martini  was  7 dollars  at the bar!
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/22 19:36:18 (permalink)
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     They knew where you worked and figured you were on a 'subsidy!!
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/22 20:05:04 (permalink)
    Actually, Mike brings up a good subject: be aware of the charges for meals and services at expense-account hotels when staying at them for weekend getaways. Generally, you will great rates for the room on weekends, but the hotels charge the same high rates for food, liquor, laundry, etc. as they charge the salesmen out on the company's dime during the week.

    We are starting to routinely see $17 for a double shot at Manhattan lounges. Roadfood lovers may not be aware of current prices at hoidy toidy places.
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/22 21:19:05 (permalink)
    David_NYC 



    We are starting to routinely see $17 for a double shot at Manhattan lounges. Roadfood lovers may not be aware of current prices at hoidy toidy places.

     
    I think that  Roadfooders know what is going on.  Hilton Gardens in Buffalo is sure not a "hoidy toidy" place and  the real estate there is not New York city  prices...............................You just do not expect a tab like this at a "middle of the road" motel in Buffalo.  Even us hicks that do not live in "the city" know the difference!

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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/22 21:20:57 (permalink)
    We went to a local concert/movie theater a few weeks ago which had a lobby bar. They charged $16 for a double Canadian Club. This was in Stuart, FL
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 00:01:35 (permalink)
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    David_NYC 



    We are starting to routinely see $17 for a double shot at Manhattan lounges. Roadfood lovers may not be aware of current prices at hoidy toidy places.

     
    I think that  Roadfooders know what is going on.  Hilton Gardens in Buffalo is sure not a "hoidy toidy" place and  the real estate there is not New York city  prices...............................You just do not expect a tab like this at a "middle of the road" motel in Buffalo.  Even us hicks that do not live in "the city" know the difference!

    Good, we are starting to quantify things now. Hilton Garden Inns (Inns, not Hotels) are known to be a mid-price hotel chain, with most locations franchised. With only 158 rooms and an airport location, how much bar business does this franchised inn in Cheektowaga, NY get on a yearly dollar basis? It certainly is not hoidy toidy. Yes, I agree it is a rip, but I have no idea what it cost the hotel to provide MikeS's drink after figuring in the NY State liquor license fee, labor, insurance, utilities, cost of booze, etc. ALso, probably quite a bit of that $17 goes for local and state taxes.
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 08:33:57 (permalink)
    I went to a place in Sebring, Florida a while ago ... Inn on the Lakes ... They advertise a $2 wing special during Happy Hour ... 6 wings for $2, prepared excellently.

    I ordered a Stoli martini ... it was very small and MORE THAN SEVEN DOLLARS ... having a second was pointless.  They explained they have a 2 for 1 special on well drinks and draft beers (Bud, Coors, etc. They siad they were "out" of Yuingling) ... No 2 for 1 on anything I'd order ... So I milked a draft and went home to have a cocktail.  I don't have any idea what they are thinking ... I'm sure they could afford a special on better drinks ... If I'd ordered two of the scantly poured Stolis, I'd have practically paid for the bottle for them.

    Too bad ... for the restaurant.
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 08:39:49 (permalink)
    I remember once staying at the Hyatt in downtown Houston.

    Nice lobby bar.  I sat down and ordered a Stoli and the poor bartender gets out this small thimble and awkwardly dribbles a minuscule amount of liquor into my glass, charges a fortune.  Over to the side, I noticed a young guy in a suit with a Hyatt name tag (clearly the bar manager) beaming with pride.

    I finished and went to the bar/restaurant across the street.  Had to stand in the bar area because it was so full ... had some decent (affordable) drinks and even ordered some food.   I gt to talking with other patrons ands we were almost all from the Hyatt.

    Meanwhile, across the street, I'm sure the Hyatt bar manager brags to his boss how low the liquor cost is under his watch.

    I DON'T GET IT !!!

     
    post edited by wheregreggeats.com - 2009/09/23 08:49:12
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 09:03:14 (permalink)
    In my travels(mostly west coast anymore), micro-brews typically run $5 pint in larger cities, and the premium tequilla's I love are not uncommonly priced from $8-$12 a shot.

    It's getting a little spendy to punish my liver anymore.
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 09:39:46 (permalink)
    MikeS.

    Friday night in Buffalo I ordered a double shot of Markers Mark at the hotel bar. They charged me 17 bucks. Ouch.


    Figuring 18 shots per fifth at $8.5 each its only $153.00 per fifth. Makers is good but not that good...Russ
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 09:45:41 (permalink)
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    I went to a place in Sebring, Florida a while ago ... Inn on the Lakes ... They advertise a $2 wing special during Happy Hour ... 6 wings for $2, prepared excellently.

    I ordered a Stoli martini ... it was very small and MORE THAN SEVEN DOLLARS ... having a second was pointless.  They explained they have a 2 for 1 special on well drinks and draft beers (Bud, Coors, etc. They siad they were "out" of Yuingling) ... No 2 for 1 on anything I'd order ... So I milked a draft and went home to have a cocktail.  I don't have any idea what they are thinking ... I'm sure they could afford a special on better drinks ... If I'd ordered two of the scantly poured Stolis, I'd have practically paid for the bottle for them.

    Too bad ... for the restaurant.


    In my younger years when well drinks were $1 or two for one I would order a Gin and Tonic without the Tonic. I would usually get a strong drink also....Russ
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 11:35:23 (permalink)
    I was in Chicago last month and stayed at the Hyatt on Wacker.  I wanted a couple of beers on Friday Evening before we went out for dinner.  The mini-bar beers were $7 which I thought was way too much.  So I went down to the bar and ordered 2 Buds to take back to the room.  Total was $13.  So I saved a grand total of $0.50 a beer.  Ouch.
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 11:49:15 (permalink)
    I don't see how any of you were overcharged.  The bar(s) in question charged exactly what you were (obviously) willing to pay.

    I stay in hotels about 1/3 of the year - around 120 nights.  I can count on one hand the number of drinks I have paid for in a hotel - bar, lounge, room service, or otherwise.  In those instances, it was always more about the company than the cost of the food/beverage in question.
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 12:46:19 (permalink)
    $16.00 for a double Screwdriver at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills this summer, as one of the top Hotels in the Country, sounds like a bargain considering the above posts.
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 12:59:13 (permalink)
    I guess my old shot and a beer must cost more than a buck these days.
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 13:23:02 (permalink)
    Last time I did any serious drink-ordering 'late at night' I bought a tray full of Schnapps Shooters... 12 of them at a buck apiece. I didn't know, until the tray was set before me that they were Peppermint (6), Apple (3), Root Beer (2), and one Butterscotch ! I saved the Butterscotch til last...bad mistake.

    That was at the Holiday Inn in Victorville,CA, upon my return to SoCal in the late 80's.  Since that experience I tend to stay away from hard liquor in Bars.  At Home. things are a bit less expensive...til the bride starts keeping records.
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 13:31:34 (permalink)
    Are you calling the schnapps the hard liquor, or saying hard liquor led to schnapps?  I'd blame the peppermint for any illness.  I base this on a very scientific study in high school.
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 13:56:07 (permalink)
    It was the many varied flavors of the syrupy Schnapps that seemed to trigger a negative reaction that evening. While our USA Schnapps tends to low-proofage, I have a fine bottle of Hungarian Pear Schnapps that is 90 proof and burns a bit as it goes down !!

    I do enjoy a Knob Creek and Lemon now and then here at home, or when sharing time with my sons.  It really has been a very long time since I purchased more than a Beer in a bar anywhere !
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/23 14:36:16 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman

    I guess my old shot and a beer must cost more than a buck these days.


    The Depth Charge...Actually yours is a Boiler Maker...I remember them well...Russ
    post edited by Russ Jackson - 2009/09/23 14:38:54
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/25 21:12:45 (permalink)
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    Michael Hoffman

    I guess my old shot and a beer must cost more than a buck these days.


    The Depth Charge...Actually yours is a Boiler Maker...I remember them well...Russ

    a shot & a beer are just that. a shot & chase it with a small beer. used to get a small beer in a highball glass.
    Depth charge or boilermaker , you drop the shot glass IN the beer & drink both..
    2 differnt things
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/26 13:22:30 (permalink)
    During the late '40s, in midtown Manhattan there were a number of seedy bars where you could get a shot and a beer for 25 cents. They may have all been related or even a chain - but I think multiple ownership of liquor licenses is barred in NYState. In any case, coincidentally, a bootlegger operating in New Paltz, NY was raided by the Feds. It turned out that his major customer was those cheap shot bars and they also were soon a thing of the past. The story was that the bootlegger was selling the booze in gallon cider jugs to the bars and they were dispensing it to the public out of Three Feathers, Philadelphia, and Imperial bottles.

    Cheers, John 
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    Re:Talk about overcharging. 2009/09/29 00:15:35 (permalink)
    I can get a half gallon 1.75 liter of Jack Daniels for $39.00 at my local ABC store.Think I'll just stay here and drink as Merle would say.
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