Cocktails out in New York?
Is it just accepted that a basic martini or such is going to cost upwards of ten dollars?
When did that happen? The cost of drinks seems to be rising much faster than the CPI (4% per year).
Travel & Leisure just had a 'world martini index'. They compared "luxury hotel bar" prices and not normal restaurants.
New York was $15.
Paris was $26.
Cape Town was $5.
p.s. yesterday we paid $10.50 for a Grey Goose Cosmo in Philadelphia in our local bar.
I was taken for $20 for a martini and $10 for a beer at the Oak Room Bar. Nostalgia has an even higher price.
Depends where you go. Restaurants--even upscale ones--that mature folks frequent, have served cocktails through the years and would really anger their regulars if they jacked up their prices a huge percentage.
For inflated price tags, we can blame premium sprits, 8-oz. "martini" glasses, the "retro" cocktail shenanigans, and consumers too young to know what a drink should cost.