Minimum Spend Venues
Rent out a bar through $X,000 minimum spend on food and drinks, and the whole venue is yours!
Step 1 - Get The Basics Down
# of Guests
At least 50-100 people are the best for minimum spend buyouts
More guests that come, the cheaper it is per person!
Day of Event (weekend vs. weekday)
Weekends are more expensive than weekdays
Saturday buyouts tend to be cheaper than Friday
“Time & Duration”
Full-Night Buyout (until 2am) cost significantly more than Partial Buyout (until 9/10pm, due to the evening rush.
Average $50 - $70++ min spend per person on food & drinks
Make sure to account for gratuity as well!
The standard is 18-20% for most venues. This goes straight to the bar staff.
If you rent through cash-bar, the gratuity may be less but the min spend may be higher.
*If you are the event organizer for a cash-bar event, you will be personally responsible for paying out the difference if your group does not reach the min spend.
Step 2 - Find a Venue or Get a Recommendation
Step 3 - Check for Availability
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time. At least 1-2 weeks notice is required to secure a booking.