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NICHE’s Bar Program for Corporate Catering Events

Niche offers many options to meet your needs. We provide full host bar services as well as cash bar services. Our talented team of Smart Serve bartenders can provide you with an array of creative and traditional drinks to match the theme of your event.

NICHE is a strong supporter of local and regional wineries and microbreweries.

Types of Bar Service

Hosted Bar

Choice of Open Bar or Per-Consumption

Open Bar Menu

This type of bar is paid for by the host.  For open bar by the drink, the host pays the entire tab

$30 per person includes:

7-HOUR OPEN (HOST) BAR SERVICE

Bar gear, bar tables with risers, black linens, ice bowls, utensils, beer tubs, bar lights

PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED & UNIFORMED smart served bartenders
for set-up, service and clean up of the bar

UNLIMITED SPRING WATER at table side & bar

International & VQA red and white Wine

Liquor brands of Forty Creek Whiskey,
Smirnoff Vodka, Scotch, white & spiced Rums,

Gin, Ice coolers, Steam Whistle, Mill St. organic, Canadian, Coors light

Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Ginger Ale, Club Soda, Tonic, Sprite,
Clamato, Orange Juice & Cranberry Juice

Garnishes consisting of lemons, limes, straws

Cocktail napkins, ice and plastic clear cups
designed for wine, mixed drinks & beer

Additional charge for bar staff at $25hr per bartender

Glassware & bar ware rentals are available upon request


Per Consumption Menu

Options include pre-paid bottle service or open bar by the drink. For pre-paid bottle service, the host purchases a specific amount of wine, beer or liquor by the bottle.

$5 per alcoholic beverage, $2 per non-alcoholic beverage, includes:

7-HOUR OPEN (HOST) BAR SERVICE

Bar gear, bar tables with risers, black linens, ice bowls, utensils, beer tubs, bar lights

PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED & UNIFORMED smart served bartenders
for set-up, service and clean up of the bar

UNLIMITED SPRING WATER at table side & bar

International & VQA red and white Wine

Liquor brands of Forty Creek Whiskey,
Smirnoff Vodka, Scotch, white & spiced Rums,

Gin, Ice coolers, Steam Whistle, Mill St. organic, Canadian, Coors light

Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Ginger Ale, Club Soda, Tonic, Sprite,
Clamato, Orange Juice & Cranberry Juice

Garnishes consisting of lemons, limes, straws

cocktail napkins, ice and plastic clear cups
designed for wine, mixed drinks & beer

Additional charge for bar staff at $25hr per bartender

Glassware & bar ware rentals are available upon request


Cash Bar

This means  guests purchase all of their own drinks.
Beer, house wines, assorted liquors and mixed drinks will be available.

$5 per alcoholic beverage, $2 per non-alcoholic beverage, includes:

7-HOUR OPEN (HOST) BAR SERVICE

Bar gear, bar tables with risers, black linens, ice bowls, utensils, beer tubs, bar lights

PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED & UNIFORMED smart served bartenders
for set-up, service and clean up of the bar

UNLIMITED SPRING WATER at table side & bar

International & VQA red and white Wine

Liquor brands of Forty Creek Whiskey,
Smirnoff Vodka, Scotch, white & spiced Rums,

Gin, Ice coolers, Steam Whistle, Mill St. organic, Canadian, Coors light

Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Ginger Ale, Club Soda, Tonic, Sprite,
Clamato, Orange Juice & Cranberry Juice

Garnishes consisting of lemons, limes, straws

cocktail napkins, ice and plastic clear cups
designed for wine, mixed drinks & beer

Additional charge for bar staff at $25hr per bartender

Glassware & bar ware rentals are available upon request

How does this work and what is included?

We set up, supply and handle all aspects of your bar requirements.

We are responsible for complying with all aspects of the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario.

We provide fully trained, experienced “Smart Serve” staff who are well-versed in the liquor laws of the province.

We are insured for the provision of alcohol service.

We supply both cash and host bar services.

We also still offer the same wonderful service.

We can supply all mixes, ice, and all the fixings – just ask.

We supply all the bar equipment and ice tubs, at no additional cost.

We supply comprehensive help in liquor and wine requirements/quantities.

Bar Catering Guide

For any type of event that offers alcholic beverages, it is important to determine what to serve at the event bar. Experienced catering companies often have a sense for what they need or have developed a formula to make sure they buy the right amount of the right types of beer, wine, and liquor.

It’s notoriously difficult because of the number of variable that come into play. Is it a cash bar or open bar? When is it? What day of the week is it on? What types of drinks does the host prefer? While it’s nearly impossible to account for all the factors involved, we’ve laid out a method to help you find a successful starting point and some factors to consider on how you might want to adjust that. This is intended as a general guideline for bar catering at all types of events including corporate parties, conferences, and trade shows. It is assumed the host will be offering both food and non-alcoholic beverages to your guests. We highly recommend that you serve both do as it both decreases consumption of alcohol and makes sure anyone driving or that doesn’t drink is not left out.

Bar Package Options

We can supply any varietal you wish – the following are 5 of our recommended Package Options

  1. Standard Wine and Beer
  2. Standard Full Bar
  3. Top-shelf Wine and Beer
  4. Top-Shelf Full Beer
  5. Wine and Beer + a Specialty Drink*

*Some hosts will want to offer their guests something beyond just wine and beer, but don’t want a full bar either for personal preference or cost control reasons. A popular option is to offer a specialty liquor based drink that coordinates with the theme or has special significance to the host.

NICHE’s Bar Catering Formula:

The numbers are based upon 50 guests. You will probably need about one bartender for every 50 guests or service will slow to a crawl. That makes it a good base number to work off of when doing estimates. You can multiply or divide the numbers given based on the size of your event.

In order to estimate overall consumption, the typical estimate used is 2 drinks the first hour and then 1 drink/hour after that. For most caterers, this number holds true over time, but pay attention to the considerations included below to see how you may want to adjust this number up or down.

Beer

For a typical 4 hour event, 2 beers per person with no liquor (100 servings total). 1 beer per person if liquor is being served (50 servings total).

TIP: Bottles are generally the best option both for ease of service and appearance. For whatever reason, cans have the stigma of being less classy as do kegs. In terms of what beer to serve, you’re best off not getting too exotic. If it’s left up to you, opt for 2 to 4 popular options in your local area so there’s some choice, but you aren’t marking things overly complicated on yourself.

Wine

For a typical 4 hour event, plan on one 750 ml bottle for every three guests. So for 50 guests you can estimate about 17 bottles of wine. If no liquor is going to be served, this is likely to be closer to one bottle of wine for every two guests, or 25 bottles of wine for 4 hours.

TIP: If you aren’t serving the wine with food the typical split is 60% white and 40% red. However, this is shifting as younger generations tend to prefer red over white and for parties catering to the younger demographic this can reverse to something like 60% red and 40% white.

Liquor

With liquor, it’s particularly important that you know you’re crowd as it there’s a lot of variability in terms of what people like. Older crowds often favors scotch, whereas the younger generations don’t care for it. Vodka is universally popular right now, so if you’re unsure Vodka is a pretty safe choice.

You can estimate about 2 cocktails per person over the course of a 4- hour event. That means for 50 guests, you’ll need enough liquor for 100 cocktails. Since each drink requires 1.5 ounces of liquor, that’s 150 ounces. That’s six 750 ml bottles (fifths).

TIP: The list below are the standard liquors to offer.

The popularity of each depends a lot on the crowd. Vodka is almost always the most popular choice regardless of other factors. Gin seems to be more popular in the summer months (think gin and tonic). Scotch is generally favored by older guests. Bourbon and Whiskey are usually the most popular choices in the South, but much less so in other regions.

  • Vodka
  • Rum (light is generally more popular than dark)
  • Gin
  • Scotch
  • Bourbon/Whiskey
  • Tequila

FOR REFERENCE:

750ML (Fifth) (16 1.5 ounce servings/bottle)

1L (Liter) (22 1.5 ounce servings/bottle)

1.75L (Handle) (39 1.5 ounce servings/bottle)

FOR A 4-HOUR EVENT WITH 50 GUESTS, THE FOLLOWING ESTIMATES ARE GOOD STARTING POINTS:

Beer and Wine Only

  • 100 bottles/cans/servings of Beer
  • 25 bottles of Wine
  • Full Bar
  • 50 bottles/cans of Beer
  • 17 bottles of Wine
  • 150 ounces (6 750ml bottles) of Liquor

Planning Guides

Drinks Per Bottle: Highballs, Cocktails, Mixed Drinks (1.5 oz. liquor servings)

 

Bottles 1 2 4 6 8 10 12
750 ML (25.4 oz.) 16 33 67 101 135 169 203
Liter (33.8 oz.) 22 45 90 135 180 225 270
1.75 L (59.2 oz.) 39 78 157 236 315 394 473

Drinks Per Bottle: Table Wines, Champagne, Sparkling Wines (5 oz. wine servings)

Bottles 1 2 4 6 8 10 12
750 ML (25.4 oz.) 5 10 20 30 40 50 60
Liter (33.8 oz.) 6 13 27 40 54 67 81
1.75 L (59.2 oz.) 10 20 30 40 54 67 81
3 Liter (101 oz.) 20 40 80 121 161 202 242
4 Liter (135 oz.) 27 54 108 162 216 270 324

Bottles of Wine Per Guest Count: Table Wines, Champagne, Sparkling Wines
(2 servings at 5 oz. per serving)

Guests 4 6 8 10 12 20
750 ML (25.4 oz.) 2 2+ 3+ 4 5 8
1.75 L (59.2 oz.) 1 1+ 2 2 2+ 4

Generally, bottle quantities recommended provide some small overages of wine from 10 oz. per guest formula.

“+” sign indicates somewhat less than formula and additional bottle may be desirable to have on hand.

Items Per Guest Count

Number of People
Increase amounts for
events longer than 4 hours
10 25 50 100
Wine & Champagne 5 bottles 13 bottles 25 bottles 50 bottles
Beer 20 bottles per hour 50 bottles per hour 100 bottles per hour 200 bottles per hour
Liquor 1.5 bottles per hour 3 bottles per hour 6 bottles per hour 12 bottles per hour
Mixers
Go heavy on tonic water
4 liters per hour 9 liters per hour 17 liters per hour 33 liters per hour
Limes 3 7 13 25
Olives and Maraschino Cherries 1 jar each 3 jars each 5 jars each 10 jars each
Ice 5lbs 13lbs 25lbs 50lbs
Cocktail Napkins
Reduce this number if you are offering plates for food
40 per hour 100 per hour 200 per hour 400 per hour

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“We believe NICHE is better than any of our competitors in every way. Our aim is to make each event an opportunity to serve our corporate clients slightly better than the last time. Sometimes we may be a bit more expensive, often we are not, but when the event is over you will be pleased that your decision was to work with NICHE Corporate Catering. This is how we have gotten to where we are today, and how we will continue to grow in the future. The magic is in the details and NICHE delivers on the details.”

The NICHE Corporate Catering Team