Starbucks Serving Alcohol?

on Jan 24, 2012 @ 09:58 am

I came across this story today and I was like- whhhaa???

Apparently, select Starbucks locations in the U.S. (for now) will be serving alcohol! 

This is a section from the story: 
"The chain began testing its alcohol menu in its hometown of Seattle in
2010. It now offers beers for $5 and wines by the glass for $7 to $9 in
five locations in that city and one in Portland, Ore. Beer options
include Rogue Dead Guy Ale, and the wine menu features a Pinot Noir from
Oregon, a Prosecco from Italy and a Malbec from Argentina."

Wow- crazy how Starbucks is changing! 

Would you welcome this change? What are your thoughts?


11 Replies

makes sense, but Nay on Jan 24, 2012 @ 10:25 am

I can see why they are trying to tap into the evening crowd - not everyone wants to drink coffee at night. However, I think they should focus on what they do best and allow the Wine Bars out there to focus on what they do best.

Diversity is good in some cases, but specialty allows you to really shine. I'd rather see them expand into bistro foods. Some locations offer a larger menu, but in my area, all they offer are cakes and muffins. Why not have brie & smoked salmon baguettes or fussy salads instead as part of an expanded lunch menu, or egg souffles like they have at Panera bread for a breakfast option? Alcoholic beverages feels like a huge sidestep and so this move is a Nay for me.

I'd order... on Jan 24, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

a glass of wine at night. Why not?

another money grab ? on Jan 24, 2012 @ 02:10 pm

I mean it's a coffee bar, but whatever floats their boat.

I wouldn't purchase alcohol from there, it'd been to pricey.

I agree with mamaluv

Why not... on Jan 25, 2012 @ 06:27 pm

stick to the coffee and tea drinks WITH a twist. I'd love to have a hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps. My only question would be how do they prevent people from taking the 'open' alcohol drink to go? Not allowed in Canada - how is it in the US?

weird on Jan 28, 2012 @ 06:49 pm

I don't really drink coffee, but I think it's kind of weird. I agree with mamaluv, they should stick with what they know best.

Very Weird on Apr 12, 2012 @ 10:26 am

When going to a coffee shop one is usually trying to wake up or sober up not the opposite.

if they're making coffees with liqueurs... on Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:32 am

Perhaps! I do love a little Bailey's in my morning coffee ;)
If they were to continue to just focus on coffees and such, but add the option to add maybe a shot of something such as Baileys or Kahlua, ya why not! Restaurants have specialty coffees with liqueurs that are a hit! Why not them!?

As for wine and beer... nope, I don't think I'd go to Starbucks for that! They're a coffee chain! I agree with some of the other ladies and think they should focus on that and let the bars take care of the wine and beer!

ha! on Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:53 am

I hope they aren't serving it through the drive-thru ;)

hmm on Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:54 am

I meant that as a joke but now it's got me thinking. How will they control that?
Can you get it in a take-out cup? Do you have to wear a bracelet to indicate your age and that you've been ID'd?
If they have that all worked out, then i support it. Glass of wine and internetting at Starbucks doesn't sound too bad :P


Underage kids? on May 16, 2012 @ 09:55 pm

I am all for grabbing a beer or a glass of wine in the evening at Starbucks but, at least for me, the demographic for the Starbucks in my neck of the woods is high school age children. Will they have a "no one under the age of 19/21 after the time of ___pm" policy? If so, they might lose some business. Also, will they still be serving coffee alongside the alcohol? This move seems questionable to me and they would have to get perfect regulations/permits to allow this.

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