Well, now I have heard so much talk about this Cool River place and the "cougar" scene that when I heard they have a smoking room and you can smoke in the bar I thought I would try it out. It was a spur of the moment thing so I went without any cigars in hand and drove right past Specs as I was going there. Here is what I encountered. First, they do have a small selection of cigars, limited but a good selection. As one might expect there is a very high markup over the retail price. In my case I bought an AVO No.2 for 15 which is about a 7 dollar cigar retail. That kind of markup though, is sort of to be expected. After all cigars can get old if not stored properly and the place probably has to buy them retail also. Then I went to the bar and ordered a Scotch. Cutty Sark , yukkie, is the well Scotch so you are sort of forced into buying another brand. As long as I was spending the money, I asked for a Johnny Walker Black, my usual drink. I handed the bartender a 10 dollar bill and she came back with that will be 10.25. I think I concealed my shock and amazement pretty well. I think that is shameful. Perhaps you disagree but do the math. For drinks on the rocks, they pour 2 ounces, or 60 ml. One can get a pair of bottles at Twin for around 44 dollars per bottle. Given that each bottle holds 1750 ml. that means that CR made almost 300 dollars on that bottle of Scotch if they had even bought it retail, which I am sure they did not. I sure they are adequately covering all overhead with this usurous pricing but they are also shooting themselves in the foot because I would have bought two drinks and overall made them more money but intstead I felt cheated by that fantastic price. I then felt bad because I tipped only a dollar.
I'm not a bartender and I don't know how these things are priced. Maybe I should get out more and I would realize how much my head is up my largest planet, but am I crazy or what?