Yesterday, we returned to a local upscale place in town that recently changed ownership. We hadn’t been in forever, as it had steadily been going downhill, but we wanted to give it a try.
As expected, mains were still priced as if we were in a big city, so we stuck to the somewhat more reasonably priced apps.
The bartender is one of the better ones in town, and knowledgable about his spirits. I talked to him about the various gin choices for a martini, and we settled on Dry Fly from WA for the first, The Botanist for the second (FWIW, I much preferred the Dry Fly).
The infuriating part of the evening was getting the bill. Now, I don’t mind paying for good drinks, and I generally estimate a martini with quality liquor to be around $10-13 (at least around these parts).
The first was $16, the second $18.50. WTFF? I guess I should consider myself lucky that they were out of Nolet’s, as that would’ve come to a whopping $22.50. I found this out after remarking to the bartender that this was quite an unexpected up-charge.
Not entirely sure how the bartender could’ve handled this better without sounding patronizing…but my regular bar indicates on the drinks menu whether there will be an up-charge for certain liquors. By the by, their up-charge for Nolet’s is a mere $4, which would make their martini a $15 purchase — still nowhere near $22.50.
How would you have dealt with the situation, has this happened to you, etc. etc.?