OLYMPIA, WA - If the legislature doesn't make a move where distributor discounts are concerned, your gin and tonic at the bar could cost you up to 15% more. For a $6 drink, that would be about a dollar more.
This stems from a battle between big box stores like Costco and the Washington State Liquor Control Board. In November, the Board decided large orders cannot be discounted to bars and restaurants under the new law.
The issue was brought up by former state contract stores who were not getting the same discounts.
Legislators can still take action to allow the discounts but if they don't, booze at the bar could cost more later this year.