Spaces for Rent: Event Venues

The Corkage Fee - Frequently Asked Questions

At the TGCA, the corkage fee applies to Client Stocked Bar and Non-alcohol Service Bar options

What is a corkage fee?
A corkage fee is a charge set by a hotel, venue or restaurant for bringing your own liquor into their establishment to consume or sell to your guests. At the TGCA, the corkage fee applies to Client Stocked Bar and Non-alcohol Service Bar, though they are different prices:

  • Client Stocked Bar corkage fee: $5.75 per guest
  • Non-alcohol Service Bar corkage fee: $4.50 per guest

What does this fee pay for?
This fee covers a number of aspects of service at your event: pop, juice, ice, plastic glasses, setup and tear-down, general cleanup, and the necessary bartending staff for the evening-in the Main Hall only. In the Thorncliffe and 5600 rooms you will be charged hourly for 1 or more TGCA bartenders.

Do I have to pay this fee?
If corkage applies to the bar services that you’ve chosen for your rental, they are non-negotiable and mandatory.

What rooms would I have to pay corkage in?
The Main Hall, The Thorncliffe Room, and The 5600 Room each have full bars and can be utilized for this service type. Corkage is charged to your event when there is bar service that isn’t the TGCA Hosted Bar option.

Can I provide my own bartender?
No, you may not. In compliance with the AGLC and our insurance provider, we must provide ProServe-certified staff for any event that will be serving alcohol.

How do I pay the corkage?
The corkage fee will be on your initial invoice as a charge per guest. This amount is based on the number guests that you are expecting. This fee is to be paid with the rest of your invoice for the rental two weeks prior to your event.

What if less people than the minimum corkage fee allows attend the event?
The minimum corkage fee is non-refundable, as the TGCA will have stocked and staffed for at least that amount of guests for your event.