Should bars list prices on their fancy cocktail menus?
Sun food queen Elizabeth Large tackled an interesting tale of cloaked drink prices and tall glass orders a couple days ago.
If you haven't seen the piece, definitely check it out.
I've always had a problem with bars and restaurants that don't list the price of their drinks. Correct me if I'm wrong here, but I think I know what their thought process is: If you're coming to such a fancy spot, price shouldn't be a worry. You should just be able to pay for whatever we charge you.
I don't think so.
When I'm at a lounge or a club -- no matter how fancy it is -- and I see their drink menu, I want to know how much stuff costs. To me, price and menu go hand-in-hand.
If I'm really not worried about price, I'll just order something off the cuff, say, a Bombay and tonic or a bottle of Dom Perignon.
But if I ask to see the drink menu, or if there is one just chilling on the table, I want to know how much things cost ...
And yes, I know, it's not a big deal to ask how much something costs on the menu if the price isn't listed.
On the other hand, how many servers know exactly how much each cocktail costs off the cuff? Usually what happens is, they have to check with the bar manager -- an ordeal that, depending on how busy the place is, can take quite a while.
And yes I know, if you're ordering a martini, chances are it's going to cost somewhere around $10. But what if you unknowingly order a martini that costs $20? That's a pretty big difference.
Bottom line: Put the prices on the drink menu, please.
(LA Times photo by Con Keyes)