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Kosher Organizations, like the CRC (Chicago Rabbinical Council, supply lists of alcohol recommended for purchase and consumption.

May one purchase these alcoholic beverages from a bar (where the bottle is not sealed and drinks are purchased by the shot). In other words, may one trust the barkeeper that the alcohol in the bottle is indeed the alcohol indicated by the label?

If the answer is yes, does the recent discovery that a (small) number of bars and restaurants on the East Coast were busted for replacing expensive alcohol with cheap alternatives change this?

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Related question: whether one is permitted to consume alcohol in a bar judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/2254/… – yitznewton May 24 '13 at 16:19
Would there be monetary interest in replacing it with something non-kosher? E.g. cheap sake can be diluted with wine because it's cheaper. Are there scenarios where it would save money to put wine in the whiskey bottle? I'd assume they might put cheap whiskey, or rubbing alcohol, or water and food coloring - but wine? (Someone challenged R' Moshe's chalav yisrael heter, what if you bribed the inspector? R' Moshe replied - a company will only try bribing an inspect to do something in their rational economic self-interest!) – Shalom May 24 '13 at 16:35
@Shalom sherry can be put into cheap scotch to make it taste more like high-end scotch. A bottle of sherry can run you $13 retail. A bottle of cheap scotch, $12. A high end scotch can go for hundreds. – Charles Koppelman May 24 '13 at 16:56
@CharlesKoppelman thanks ... were that to happen we would still have R' Moshe's heter of bitul b'shesh, no? (Would it constitute >14% sherry?) Many are machmir on blended whiskey like the Rashba not to rely on bitul if that's the way it's always made; but here it's normally made right, once in a while in the off-chance it was adulterated, it would be batel. No? – Shalom May 24 '13 at 17:24
@Shalom absolutely! (for those who hold by batel b'shesh for yayin stam) But this is an example of a monetary interest. – Charles Koppelman May 24 '13 at 18:21

Of course it is not allowed for a jew to consume food or drinks in a non kosher establishment unless he/she buys the kosher product sealed and dont use any of their dishes. Non kosher bars should also be avoided because people might get it wrong, judging a jew is consuming non kosher food, G-d forbid. Moreover, bars often don't have a the best enviroment for someone to be hanging there. Keep it kosher and don't worry! =)

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As with your other answers, editing in a source would greatly improve its value. I can think of no reason that your first sentence should be true (except perhaps because of the issues you raise in your other sentences, but those would apply to sealed products also). – msh210 May 8 '14 at 19:24

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