Kat Boehrer contributes club tips, style advice and celeb DJ interviews to entertainment website DJOYbeat.com. But the achievement that really piqued our interest? The fact that the 24-year-old has been in Las Vegas since May 2012, and claims she’s “not once paid for a drink at the nightclub bar.” Here, she shares her secrets to scoring the good stuff, gratis.
Let’s say I’m a fairly hot chick and I just landed in Las Vegas—what do I need to know/do/wear to get myself some free drinks in a major club?
Any presentable-looking female will end up being spoiled in a major Las Vegas nightclub as long as she goes in with a positive attitude and a friendly demeanor. Just make sure to get in touch with a host or promoter ahead of time to get on a guest list. General admission lines don’t pair well with 5-inch heels.
And if I’m a dude?
Unless you look cute in a dress, you’re probably out of luck. If you know someone who works at your nightclub of choice, you could potentially get free drink tickets. The major Strip nightclubs have this unspoken policy of prioritizing men with money and girls with good looks when it comes to entry and accommodations. Guys shouldn’t go to the club expecting free drinks.
What’s the ideal number of girls to part those velvet ropes?
It doesn’t matter too much. If you show up with 15 girls you’re going to end up losing each other, anyway. Just don’t go to the club completely on your own, because that is totally weird and potentially dangerous.
Speaking of dangerous, if you’re willing to partake in generously offered bottle service, but no monkey business afterward, how do you manage expectations?
If you aren’t down with the after-party, then make it known. You shouldn’t be pressured into doing anything you don’t want to do with some random guy, regardless of how accommodating he has been over the course of the night. If someone is bothering you a little too much, the bouncers at the clubs are your best friends. They’re trained to look out for the good of the club patrons.
Make sure someone you trust knows where you are and what you’re doing at all times. Have the bottle servers pour your drinks and keep a good eye on them to prevent any unwanted party favors from making it into your glass. You can also get handbag-size pepper spray in cute little pink containers if you feel that you want it.
When out and about and hoping to hit a mother lode of free drinks, what would be the No. 1 faux pas to avoid?
Do not act like an entitled bitch. There are thousands of girls on the top nightclubs’ guest lists every weekend, so you, darling, are not special just because you were put on a “VIP list.” If a generous individual wants to share his (or—who knows?—her) bottle service with you, keep in mind that you are being treated to a rare luxury and not a common occurrence.
What about tipping the server?
If you have set up your own complimentary girls’ table, ask the host if you aren’t sure how much to tip. Tips should be based on the original price of the bottle and how satisfied you were with the service. Some clubs will automatically charge tips on comps to the table owner’s card, so you don’t have to fuss with it. If you’ve been invited to a table, the owner will take care of the gratuities. It never hurts to offer to tip; the table owners will most likely tell you not to worry about it.
Who’s the most generous with their bottles? Older guys, young guys, bachelor parties?
Fun guys! Fun-lovers transcend standard physical descriptions, but you can always tell who will have more fun from the demeanor of the group. The guys who are already yelling and fist-pumping are usually the ones who want to continue to party with new and old friends.
What are your thoughts on the term “bottle rat”?
The only labels a party girl should care about are on her shoes, dresses and handbags.
If heaven has a VIP area, what do you hope is in it?
My ideal VIP experience entails endless Champagne, stage-side seats and confetti falling forever.
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