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Guide to Bottle Service 2016
How Much Does Bottle Service Cost in 2016?
Bottle service has always been a luxury. The demand for VIP hospitality has grown considerably over the past decade, and Las Vegas is no exception.
While the price of a bottle depends on the nightclub, the time of year, and the day of the week, prices in Las Vegas clubs typically run between $350 - $575 per bottle plus tax, waitress gratuity, table tips, and other fees that can reinvent themselves.
Most clubs require a two-bottle minimum that carries a one-bottle-per-three-person rule. This rule can often be avoided through well established connections. Higher-end clubs typically expect a tip for the table location and for making sure that you didn't lose your reservation.
You don't have to be in one of the high-end spots in Vegas to enjoy a table with bottle service. Some clubs and lounges offer bottle service starting at around $300.
What is a "Table Tip"?
When the Vegas bottle service craze exploded in 2006, club-goers typically needed to heavily tip the hosts in order to make sure their reservation didn't mysteriously disappear. Any club with a line intentionally overbooked tables. In the spring and summer, tables at the best clubs were often overbooked.
Today, this is not as likely to happen, but as a courtesy, you should always tip your host if he or she takes good care of your group. Note that some clubs may set a tip amount for a table's location.
Booking Bottle Service & Not Getting "Bumped"
Club-goers should establish a rapport with the hosts. Else, one reservation looks much like another. Because this is difficult for itinerant partiers, an established VIP company can make every out-of-towner—no matter their budget—feel like a local.
Those who are fortunate enough to get a table but who fail to establish a rapport or tip their hosts may find their table in the hallway, under the stairs, or in the broom closet. It can be tricky to know what to tip and whether or not doing so will actually make a difference. The host may not even be able to make any changes at that point.
The best tables will almost always be saved for VIP companies or clients who go to the same club on a regular basis. The amount of bottles to be purchased also makes a difference. When the season slows down, getting a table is easier and costs less, but getting the best value for your hard-earned cash may be a different story.
Do I Really Need Bottle Service?
Depending on how much you and your buddies drink (not including the drinks you may buy for women), bottle service costs more than admission and alcohol at the bar. But if you don't get bottle service, the larger your group, the longer you want to spend, the more costly the night, the more difficult it will be to get into the club—especially for men.
If you and all your buddies want any quality time inside the nightclub, bottle service or hosted entrance is a must. Top Las Vegas nightclubs rarely allow large groups of gents to enter for hours. Consider going to a strip club and returning after 1:00 a.m. when lines have receded.
Is Bottle Service Just For the Wealthy?
If a party of six to eight spends $1K on bottles that start around $450/bottle, how would it break down? $1K + 8 % taxes + 20% gratuity + the cost of the table and hosted VIP entrance. The total price typically comes to around $1380 ($230 per person, though the price may vary depending on the number of people in the party).
While $230 per person may seem pricey, this price typically includes:
- Club cover
- No lines
- VIP entry
- Waitress gratuity
- Living in luxury—even if only for a night
Why Not Just Deal Directly with the Nightclub?
With a VIP service, they should take care of all your concerns. You shouldn’t wait; you shouldn't have to arrive before the doors open; they should get guarantee you a table. And they should be able to save you money. They should take care of everything and may even comp your party an extra bottle.
Some other perks:
- You're a VIP. You feel like a celebrity. You get treated like royalty. Being treated with the utmost importance and respect while others traffic the nightclub like cattle is priceless.
- No fighting for the bartender's attention every time you want to grab a drink for you and your friends. You get your own private table and may come and go to as you please.
- If you're a group of guys, bottle service and a table will attract the babes. They'll be eating out of your hands—or just trying to drink all of your booze.