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Open Bar or loonie bar?

When planning an event, one important decision to make is how to handle the bar. There are several options available, each with its own set of benefits. Let's discuss the pros and cons of a cash bar, a loonie bar, and an open bar.

🍺 A cash bar is a common option for events where guests pay for their own drinks. The benefits of a cash bar include cost savings for the host, as they do not have to pay for the drinks themselves. This can be especially beneficial for events on a budget. In addition, guests are more likely to be mindful of their drinking when they are paying for it themselves and this will result in less waste.

🥂 An open bar, on the other hand, is when the host pays for all the drinks. This can be a great option for events where the host wants to treat their guests to a special experience. It is also a great way to make sure that guests are able to enjoy the party without worrying about the cost of their drinks. However, open bars can be expensive, and it’s important for the host to keep this in mind when planning their budget.


🍸 A loonie or toonie bar is a great option in between a cash bar and open bar. Guests pay a nominal fee for drinks like a loonie or toonie. This can be a great option for events where the host wants to give guests a little bit of a break on the cost of their drinks, but still wants to keep costs under control. Guests will keep drinking all night long, but will be more conscious of waste and less likely to leave their drink behind.


So, there are several options available for event bartending, each with its own set of benefits. A cash bar can be a great option for events on a budget, while a loonie bar can be a great way to give guests a little bit of a break on the cost of their drinks. An open bar can be a great way to treat guests to a special experience, but it’s important to keep in mind the potential cost. Ultimately, the decision will depend on the host's budget and the vibe of the event.

Wanderbar can accomodate both a cash bar and open bar - we can bring a float and set a price menu with you that works for your party. All of the earnings are passed back to you, excluding any tips. Talk to us about your wedding or party and different bar options!



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