New Brunswick, C-
New Brunswick is a strange one. While a small portion of alcohol can be purchased at wholesale, there’s not enough competition in distribution to make it worthwhile so bars end up paying retail, especially with local wineries and craft breweries.
Where it gets stranger is, if you’re in a lounge that seats less than 30 people, you don’t need an operational kitchen. More than 30 seats requires a bar to have a kitchen, serve food and mark up prices to offset that. Customers are paying for that greasy fryer in the back, because they’re told to.
Even stranger, if you’re in a restaurant and you want an alcoholic drink, you must sit down to consume it. If you are on the patio, no bottle or cans for you, draught only.
Scariest thing of all, the provincial government is considering increasing the harmonized tax to 15%, which will hit your beer budget, for sure.