Corkage Fee

What Is a Corkage Fee?

A corkage fee is a price charged to guests who choose to bring their own bottle of wine to a restaurant. The same goes for wedding venues who allow couples to bring in their own champagne or run their own bar. 

The corkage fee is usually charged so as to make up for the loss of sales that would not have happened if the couple had used the venue’s bar services.

Key Points

  • A corkage fee includes the labor and cost involved in wine accommodations. The fee may cover some of the amenities and efforts that are supplied by the venue.
  • The average corkage fee ranges from $10 to $40 per bottle but maybe as high as $100 or more.
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