I’ve been to more weddings over the past few years than I can count, which means I’ve also spent countless amounts of money on flights, hotel rooms, Ubers, and overpriced gifts from West Elm.
As a result, I do whatever I can to recoup my losses on The Big Day, which involves being constantly on the prowl for whatever hors d’oeuvres look the most expensive, absolutely crushing the raw bar, and alternating between the people shelling out free booze so they don’t realize I’m re-upping my glass every 15 minutes.
Of course, the alcohol at an open bar isn’t really free when you factor in travel expenses and tuxedo rentals. However, what if I told you that there was a way to get as many drinks as you wanted for the price of the $20 tip you should give the bartenders at the start of the night to gain priority over other guests.
If so, you’re in luck.
According to The Takeout, the city of St. Louis is now home to a bar called Open Concept, which charges its patrons an hourly rate as opposed to making them pay for every drink they consume.
$10 will get you access to beer, wine, and certain types of mixed drinks while $20 will give you access to top-shelf booze, cocktails, and—most importantly—straight liquor.
The bar has some measures in place to ensure customers aren’t overserved and its owner says bartenders are trained to give Pedialyte to people who appear intoxicated, which is a pretty kind gesture on its part.
While Open Concept accepts walk-ins, drinkers are encouraged to reserve a chunk of time online ahead of their visit (they also send you alerts via text once you arrive to keep you updated on your race against the clock).
Consider the game officially changed.