So I volunteered to organize a dinner out for nine graduate students who will be joining our department this fall. Then I found out that it will be “hosted”, ie, department will pay, but my budget at this point is about $10 per person. Which basically means pizza at a sit down place, but there’s still not really room for alcohol. But my feeling is that if you take someone out to dinner at a restaurant (which is what the original plan was) then they should be able to make a reasonable order from the menu, and IHMO a reasonable dinner order includes one or two beers.
So my question is, is it be acceptable to tell people that they can order soda but not beer? I mean, I can’t really announce at the table, “You’ll have to pay for your own beer”. Another option is to just order all the drinks ahead of time – pitchers of soda and beer, and assume that no one will decide to order a Guiness for themselves.
Thoughts/suggestions/previous experience welcome. Part of the goal here was to show people around the city, but honestly, if the best we can do is pop and pizza, I’m wondering if its worth it.