Saturday, October 18, 2008

Bar Trade

"Traditional" public bar trade is less than 3% of the gross income of the Wayside Tavern.

By quoting this one statistic Mine Host puts into perspective the common misconception that over-the-bar sales of liquor are of any importance to a pub.


Sackerson said...

V. interesting. How does the other 97% come in?

Francis Xavier Holden said...

Steve - but doesn't it have a higher % contribution to profit per drink, hour or unit?

Mine Host said...

Sackerson: It's a mixture of gambling, accommodation & retail bottle sales.

FXH: Yes, the GP% on bar sales is higher. However this is a recognition of the high cost of delivering bar trade.

The bottom line: Even a very high percentage of 3% is never going to be much.