Everyone has experienced them once in their life. The little tacky bracelet made of paper or plastic that annoys you all night but gives you full access to an open bar.
On special occasions, bars hold bracelet specials, that allow you to pay one solid price for an open bar for a couple hours. In theory this sounds like a great idea but depending on what kind of drinker you are, you could be over spending.
There are two important questions to ask yourself when purchasing a drink special bracelet.
1) What is my poison of choice?
2) How fast do I drink without becoming the drunk in the corner?
Both of these questions can make or break your bracelet choice.
To set the scene, if the bracelet costs $35 for all you can drink from 9pm to 1am, then you better plan on drinking up to six or seven drinks in four hours to get your money’s worth.
To answer the first question, the average mixed drink in Chicago on a Friday night costs around $6 to $8, depending on how dedicated you are to name brand liquors. To use your $35 bracelet to the fullest you would need to drink about five drinks in four hours. Now some people can do this and still walk out of the bar, while others can not.
Beer on the other hand is cheaper then most mixed drinks. The average Friday night Chicago price is around $4 and after doing the math the $35 bracelet would buy you eight beers, if not more, in four hours.
Now if you are looking for a Jersey Shore reenactment night with the whole drunk nine yards, then by all means the bracelet is a great deal, but if your looking to keep your sanity, really consider how much you will actually drink in the open bar time slot.
Timing is everything. If you would rather sip on your beverage instead of racing the clock to last call then maybe you should re-think the bracelet special.
So before you purchase your next bracelet think about how much your body can take in one night. Do the math and see if this special price will satisfy your thirst and your budget.