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We can help make the party planning easy. Black Bear has a great selection of wine and spirits available from local producers to importers – and our team members have the expertise to help you find just what you need for party drinks.

Tell us what you’re planning for dinner, and we will recommend wines to complement the meal. Let us know who’s stopping by for the big game, and we’ll suggest beverages to keep everybody happy. Give us the details on your formal affair, and we’ll help calculate how much you need and how to stay on budget.


Party Planning

Here are a few tips to get you thinking.  We want to be sure you and your guests have a great time at your next get-together. You must consider the number of guests you are having, the total number of hours the party will last, and the types of beverages you plan to serve:

Standard Drink Sizes - One Drink = 1.5 to 2 ounces of liquor, 5 to 6 ounces of wine, and 12 ounces of beer.

Bottle Sizes Converted to Ounces
750ml size bottle = approximately 25 ounces (regular size wine & liquor bottle)
1 Liter size bottle = approximately 33 ounces (middle size liquor bottle)
1.5 Liter size bottle = approximately 50 ounces (larger size wine bottle)
1.75 Liter size bottle = approximately 58 ounces (larger size liquor bottle)

Wine - Depending on who is pouring, one 750ml bottle will yield four to five glasses. This will serve roughly two to three people in a period depending on the average servings per guest.

Spirits - Based on the standard drink sizes shown above, a 750ml bottle provides 12 to 16 drinks and a 1.75L bottle provides 29 to 39 drinks.
Beer - A 12-pack of beer (12 ounces per bottle or can) will serve three to five people with an average of two to three beers per guest in a period.

*Count on guests consuming two drinks in the first hour of your event and one drink during each following hour.

Are you serving wine, beer and spirits?
The general rule of thumb is 50 percent of your guests will prefer wine, 30 percent will prefer beer and 20 percent will prefer mixed drinks. Simply offering wine and beer? Plan on 60 percent of your guests drinking wine and 40 percent drinking beer.

Buy plenty of mixers -- carbonated water, tonic water, lemon-lime seltzer, cola and ginger ale. Be sure to have the necessary garnishes such as maraschino cherries, olives, lemon and limes. 

Remember to make a variety of nonalcoholic beverages available for nondrinkers. Sodas, fruit and vegetable juices, bottled water, iced tea, and hot coffee and tea are all popular. Keep in mind that many guests will drink both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.

Don’t forget the ice.  About a pound of ice per person is a good rule of thumb.  A little more on very hot days or longer parties.