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March 19, 2018

BYOB Tips & Tricks

The custom koozies and engraved champagne flutes are on their way! Your checklist is almost complete, the last thing to decide is what alcohol to buy…and how much. How can you prevent a beer run during the most important night of your life but also without spending a fortune?

Here are a few tips and guidelines that the Brownstone bartenders put together to help with the decision. A good rule of thumb is two to three drinks per person for the cocktail hour (or first hour of the event) and one drink per hour after that.


The most successful BYOB bar usually consists of the following:

Signature cocktails (1oz): One cocktail for each the bride and groom. This give your guests two options of liquor usually a dark and light such as bourbon and vodka, while still saving money since you’re not stocking a full bar of liquor.

Wine (5oz): Choosing a red and white wine, with sweet wines being more popular, will appeal to those who may not like the signature cocktail options.

Beer (12oz): Selecting two options for beer is recommended. Domestic beer (Bud Light, Coors Light, etc.) and a craft beer (Boulevard, Tallgrass, etc.). Beer will usually appeal to those who may not like other options.


For a BYOB bar you must provide all cups, stirrers, cocktail napkins, mixers (orange juice, cranberry juice, tonic water, club soda, etc.), and fruits to garnish drinks. If you have questions or would like recommendations feel free to contact us and it would be our pleasure to advise.

Please remember that if your goal is to have a fully stocked bar, the most cost effective way to do this is through one of The Brownstone bar packages. If you would like to learn more about our open or cash bar options please feel free to reach out to our office at (785)235-0057 or events@thebrownstonetopeka.com

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