Cover Charge or No Cover Charge
October 23, 2014
In Washington DC, there are a number of bars that have lines that are 30-45 minutes long but no one charges a cover. As someone potentially entering the space, I am trying to figure out why there are no covers? Are the lack of covers out of fear from the bars that they will lose clientele because no other bars are doing it? If one started charging a cover and was successful, would others follow suit? Also, what percentage of revenue in a night do covers usually account for on the weekends?