Are You Being Snookered Into Drinking (and Paying) More?


Two things to ponder if you consider yourself a self-determining drinker and diner. First, a study indicates that male bargoers tend to consume alcohol more quickly when music is blasting (well, yes). And second, Francis Lim has a new take on menu manipulation — he offers that high-end restaurants, in obscuring their prices, aren’t pulling one over, but rather they’re just encouraging you to enjoy your meal more. Well, sure. Until the check comes. Unless the check comes with free granola!

How do bar owners get you to drink more? [Barking Up the Wrong Tree via Guest of a Guest]
How restaurant menus make you spend more [Salon]
Related: Menu Mind Games [NYM]