What Are Well Drinks?


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The cheapest liquors available at a bar are known as well drinks. The term can also be used to mean any mixed drink made from these liquors, which are typically not name-brand spirits.

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The area below the bar where the bartender keeps all regularly needed items is called the "well." Ice, mixers and cheap liquors and liqueurs are stored in the well for quick access. Well drinks differ from call drinks and top-shelf drinks, which are made from medium-priced and high-priced liquors, respectively.

If a drink order does not call for a specific brand of alcohol, bartenders typically use liquor from the well.

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