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Real Comp Drink Prices

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by QIKFIX, Aug 14, 2015.

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  1. QIKFIX

    QIKFIX Low-Roller

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    I know tipping $1 or more gets your drinks when gambling, however what are the true value of these drinks.

    What would the Casino and VP bars charge if you were not gambling?

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  2. Lhammer28

    Lhammer28 High-Roller

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    Well working at a Native Casino,
    Miller/Bud/Coors- $4.24
    Corona/Heineken -$5.25
    Wine- $5.50
    Rail drinks$5.75-$8.75
    Top Shelf-$6.25-$11
    Specialty drinks(long islands/daiquiris ) $9-11
     
  3. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    Depends on where you are and what you order. I notice your countdown timers indicate you'll be splitting time between the strip and downtown. As I'm much more familiar with the strip, I'll stick to that and let others cover downtown.

    Most places will charge you $6-8.50 for one of the big domestic beers (Miller, Bud, Coors). Basic cocktails with the well booze and craft or import beers will be a few bucks more. And if you want a premium booze, expect to pay $12-16 for your drink. A Coke or coffee will run you about $4.

    There are a handful of places on the strip that have specials or happy hours that make the prices more reasonable, though. If you plan on putting in a session of heavy drinking without gambling, you might want to do a search - there have been a few threads on the subject.
     
  4. Nevyn

    Nevyn VIP Whale

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    The value and the price are not necessarily the same. Also some of the mix drinks that are ordered (say, with premium booze), if you order and pay for at the bar, you actually get that. But at the tables, you will probably get the cheapo equivalent.

    Casino bars (aside from coupons and a few places like casino royale) charge what you could expect at another bar.

    Also, you don't 'need' to tip to get the drinks any more than you need to tip anywhere else. If you don't you will probably get far worse service, and you are also stiffing someone who doesn't make a lot.
     
  5. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    The strip charges more than any other group of casinos that I can think of. In most other areas, beers are $3-5, but not the vegas strip.

    For CET, I think most bars charge $7 for Budweiser...closer to $10 for some of their mixed drinks
    Bellagio...$9+tax for a Blue Moon...outrageous!
    Cosmo...$6 to 8 for craft beer...~$15 for craft cocktails
    Mandalay Bay...I remember some guy in shock over a $56 charge for 4 mixed drinks.

    But why do they charge these prices? Because I see many people buy these drinks over and over while I poke away at a VP bartop. Especially during "prime time" (10p-2a)
     
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    This. The value of the drink is what you're willing to pay for it. The price might not reflect that.

    Again. Well. said.
     
  7. QIKFIX

    QIKFIX Low-Roller

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    Yeah all great replies. Reason I posted I remember a trip 2 years ago we were playing VP at Binions, I asked the cost of tequila shots, $1.50, about a 50mL pour with the salt & lemon, we ordered 10 right there.

    Factoring in gambling costs, sometimes it's cheaper to not gamble.

    I take it this comparison would never be accurate for the Strip though.

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    cosmo 8-10 beer , 15- 20 for a real drink
    same as most top end propertities now

    ive seen bottle water cost 9$
     
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    First, I'd say: if you are hitting the casino and looking to start off with a drink and beer is you drink of choice you can just go to the casino's gift shop and buy one of those 710ml cans (two bottles worth) for usually $3.50-5.00

    Otherwise, for beer from a bar expect $7-9 and $8-15 for a mix drink.

    BUT... as said, it depends on not just the property but where in the property: I can remember a few years ago a beer at Luxor's VP bar was $6 but going to their fancy bar in the middle of the casino it was $10 for the same brand of beer.


    For tipping the cocktail waitress: you should tip her at least a dollar per drink. If you don't then when she comes around to take orders again if she sees people in one area that always tip and people in another area that never tip she'll naturally gravitate to the tippers.

    Also, their job is not to bring you drinks so you can drunk - the casino doesn't want you passing out at your slot machine or having to call it a night because you are so hammered... instead they want to loosen you up so most of the time you will only see the waitress 2-4 times an hour so if you do want more drinking than that (if you want to get drunk or get a really good buzz on) you'll pretty much have to go to the gift shop or bar to pay for more drinks.
     
  10. QIKFIX

    QIKFIX Low-Roller

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    Yep we will be taking care of the waitress tip wise, also our bar setup in our room is going to be top shelf, so we will always be pre gaming and starting the walk with multiple red cups filled

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    Those strip drink prices sound outrageous since I stay downtown and always get my drinks while gambling. But then again, I've had plenty of "free" drinks that effectively cost $20 to $50 per, and that's just playing max bet quarter VP.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    If my calculations are correct, it was costing me about $58 for each beer on the strip.
     
  13. TXactuarial

    TXactuarial Low-Roller

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    :drunk: We have all been there. First time I took my wife to Vegas I let her in on the little secret of putting $20 into a bartop VP machine to get "free" drinks. $140 later and we weren't even buzzed.
     
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    TXactuarial Low-Roller

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    I'd also like to add that you can be amazed what one extra dollar tip will do. The average alcoholic degenerate should be concerned with both frequency of service, and severity of alcohol content per drink:

    > At O'Sheas I ordered a red bull and vodka while playing 25c VP. I was surprised it was comped, so I tipped $2. The next one I ordered was so strong it was almost undrinkable ("almost" being the operative word).

    > Playing $10 Pai Gow at Monte Carlo and tipping $2 and the waitress was coming by more frequently than how fast I could finish a drink, and I drink em fast!

    > Also, if the pit boss walks up to your table to monitor things and sees you throw out a nice tip for the dealer, it's not unusual for the pit boss to ask you if you're thirsty and flag down a waitress for you. I even seem to get meal comps more frequently with semi-frequent (and strategically timed) tipping.

    Apart from tipping, playing a slightly higher-stakes table seems to get you more premium alcohol. When I stayed at the Monte Carlo, I think the cutoff for going from house whiskey to Makers Mark was the move from $10 Pai Gow to $15 Pai Gow. Similarly at the Four Queens, the $5 tables provided mixed drinks with almost no detectable alcohol, but the drinks at the $10 craps table would make you set a breathalizer on fire.
     
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    i was at aria playing 5 4slot last nite 15$ a spin took 25 plus minutes for a waitress to show up that only after i complianed to 2 florr people who coudnt find one either
     
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    Yeah aria slot cocktail service can. Really spotty and slow. Is the slot oor over by poker room. Back to normal now?
     
  17. GeorgeJ.

    GeorgeJ. Low-Roller

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    So do you think that the cocktail waitress takes your order up to the bartender & tells them to put some alcohol in this time since you're playing at a higher limit table? Or a different bartender was making the drinks for the CW running the craps table?

    I think you just happened to get a different bartender on those that you thought had more alcohol in them..

    Many people seem to stiff the cocktail waitresses (at the off-strip casinos I go to). I only tip a dollar a drink but I usually get pretty good service. (With the exception of the CW who spilled a glass of pineapple juice on me after delivering my sparkling water; I left before I needed another drink...otherwise I was going to ask for a "Calistoga - no pineapple"..)
     
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    TXactuarial Low-Roller

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    My guess is the waitress lets the bartender know that I'm at a higher limit table. I think the same waitress serves the low limit tables.
     
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