You see bottle service and immediately think of excess, wealth, and a good time. From Los Angeles to New York and everywhere in between, you can find an experience known as bottle service. But what exactly is it? This article will cover the ins and outs of bottle service and what you need to know the next time you are at the club. If you are new to reserving a bottle service table, the process can feel incredibly intimidating. Bottle service, however, is very straightforward, regardless of the VIP label.
What is bottle service?
Let’s talk basics of VIP bottle service. Bottle service, or table service, is buying an entire liquor bottle or even Champagne at a club or very swanky bar. It can be different from club to club, but typically the price of the bottle will include mixers like soda, juice, and garnishes. Most importantly, bottle service will get you a reserved area where you and your friends can celebrate in the club. Bottle service tables are in elite, well-defined, and super VIP areas of nightclubs or lounges. Typically, the areas are roped off away from the general area in the club, and other guests wait in line to get in. People who pay for bottle service usually get to skip the line to get into the club.
What are the perks?
Along with selecting mixers and spirits, you generally receive a dedicated “bottle service host” who helps pour drinks and maintain the table’s inventory of drinks. Not to mention the dedicated area to live out all of your posh dreams.
Where did bottle service come from?
Bottle service isn’t exactly a new concept, although we see more and more of it on TV and in our everyday lives. The origin of bottle service can be traced to Japan with bottles of Sake in the early 1940s. In 1988, a Paris nightclub brought on the idea where people bought a table and received a complimentary bottle to enjoy. In 2001, the idea was made popular at many hip clubs throughout, like Bungalow 8, with bottles going for upwards of $500.
Bottle service today exists almost everywhere but is most popular in high travel destinations and party places. Bottle service can come very simple and can also come with dancers and a whole show. It depends on the establishment and how much you are paying.
So what does it cost?
Most people know that with the finer things in life comes a higher price tag. Bottle service is expensive, but the actual price varies from spot to spot. If you are going to the most expensive city for bottle service, Las Vegas, you can expect to pay a starting price of around $3,200. It also depends on what extras are included. In some places, bottled water and Red Bull are standard additional extras that need to be purchased. The amount of bottles you get at the club also depends on the establishment and what you paid. Some places price by the bottle, and others have package deals. It depends on many different factors, like if a popular DJ is playing that night or if there is a rumored celebrity appearance.
How do you actually get bottle service in clubs?
Most places outline prices for VIP bottle service on their website if they are well known for it. They can also provide a contact on who to speak with about booking the actual club bottle service and VIP bottle. In other places, it might not be listed, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have it. Check third-party apps and websites and if you still have no luck, ask an employee face to face. Just remember to book early and fully understand the commitment you are making.
Is bottle service worth it?
As mentioned, the exclusive treatment might be pricey. There is no denying that you are in for a good time if you purchase VIP. Sometimes it makes a lot more financial sense to go up to the bar and buy drinks as you go through the night. But if you are having a hard time getting in or want an actual place to yourself at the club, bottle service is the way to go. If you have a large group that is willing to pitch in for a night of fun, you can typically split the minimum spend amount, and the aftermath won’t hurt as much to your bank account.
Please keep in mind that the minimum spend amount does not include tax or tip, so remember to add gratuity and calculate tax when receiving a quote for the table.
A night like no other
VIP bottle service isn’t for everyone, but it has many perks. It might not be an every weekend occurrence, but it’s definitely something to do if you want an incredible night out. It really does provide an experience like no other, and everyone loves to feel important and treated like kings and queens. That’s what bottle service gets you!