Starbucks Tests Alcohol Sales

If you’ve ever gone to a coffee shop and wished you could order a glass of wine, instead of coffee, to sip over a good read, you’re in luck. Starbucks locations in Chicago are trying something new; a plan that includes adding beer and wine to their beverage menu by the end of 2012.

The extra items featured on the menu of five to seven Starbucks shops in Chicago are being implemented as a means to raise evening sales. However, this is not something they plan on executing at every Starbucks location, as it must be fitting to the neighborhood.

Nrn.com (Nation’s Restaurant News) reported that Alan Hilowitz, director of corporate communications for Starbucks Corp., said, “We want it to be a transitional place between work and home where people can stop for coffee in the morning, but where friends can stop in later and finish their day with a beer or a glass of wine.”

While breakfast items may not pair well with beer and wine, Starbucks is giving their customers the option to order “small plates like almonds and bread with olive oil dip,” said huffingtonpost.com.

Chicago stores will begin selling alcohol at 2 p.m., so if you’re ever in the area, don’t forget you can drop in for some coffee, beer or wine!