question about bars in California

Old Oct 17th, 2004, 06:32 AM
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question about bars in California

...or pubs throughout the States, for that matter.
I am currently having a lot of fun planning my first trip to the States, and have noticed that a lot of websites for bars and pubs mention "well drinks" Help! What does this mean? Its a description I've never come across before.

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Old Oct 17th, 2004, 06:37 AM
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You made me ask questions about this one

The " well" is the rack that the drinks are poured from. It is what the bar stocks to make most of their drinks & kept handy for the bartenders.
It isn't what you see on display behind the bar.
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Old Oct 17th, 2004, 06:45 AM
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Scarlett stated it very well. No pun intended.

For example, Smirnoff vodka may be the the well vodka. If you wanted a different vodka, let's say Grey Goose, it would cost you more. Similar to a "call" brand.

P.S. I hope you're not a smoker, because the bars & restaurants in California are non-smoking.
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At Budman's Bar, the display behind the bar would have Grey Goose on the "top shelf" and Smirnoff on the lower. But both would be in the well, I think. If the websites are mention "well drinks" with prices then they are referring to their "call" brands. If you ask for a vodka & tonic then you will get Smirnoff (call brand) & tonic at Budman's Bar. If you ask for Grey Goose and tonic then you will get that top-shelf brand vodka poured from a bottle from the well (and it will cost more than the call brand).
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Old Oct 17th, 2004, 07:19 AM
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Yes. Your explanation was very clear.
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Old Oct 17th, 2004, 07:35 AM
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When you order a vodka tonic and don't ask for a particular vodka, you get the house brand which is called the well brand.

Anytime you ask for a mixed drink without specifying brand, you get the well brand.
 
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Well, I guess it gets down to what the definition of "well" is.
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Old Oct 17th, 2004, 06:43 PM
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I always think of it as a well drink is what you get if you don't "call" it. Like a gin and tonic (yum) can be pretty good depending on the gin the house serves. I always ask "what's the well gin?" Then I order a Tangueray! HA!
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 04:54 AM
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thankyou, I hoped my question didn't seem naive, its just a term we don't use in the UK,

many thanks
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Dear libuse,
I'm sure we Yanks would appear totally clueless with some of British pub lingo I've heard. Heed the previous poster's mention of non-smoking establishments being the norm. It's what it is now.

Have a good trip!
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Go's explanation is perfect (hi, Go!! ), as is Suzie's. If you drink your hard liquor without mixer (I drink vodka on the rocks), I highly recommend NOT relying on the well booze, as it's usually pretty low-rent (off-brands like Popov are normal).

Bars and restaurants in CA are proudly non-smoking. Our usually mild weather (when it's not raining buckets like this morning) allows for outside smoking areas (I call them "International Houses of Cancer"-- can you tell I'm an ex-smoker?) for most bars. That may be by the door....

Oh well, have a great trip!
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