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Ordering a "Well Drink"

Discussion in 'Vegas Nightlife' started by Chrisnewton, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Chrisnewton

    Chrisnewton Low-Roller

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    HI all

    Been to Vegas a fair few times now but still get confused with the "call drinks" v "well Drinks" (i am from the UK so we don't have them terms here)

    I understand that Well drinks are made from the cheaper brands of spirits etc...

    Question is my wife likes Malibu and pineapple/orange

    If i was to ask for that would i have to stipulate i wanted the "well" equivalent of that? or would they just go for the expensive stuff?
     
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  2. Frankr163

    Frankr163 High-Roller

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    Depends on where you order the drink.
    On the casino floor, you can order Malibu, but most likely will get a generic equivalent.
    At a bar or restaurant, you would probably receive the Malibu.
     
  3. FullPay

    FullPay When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

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    If you’re worried about getting the more expensive liquor comped, just ask “can you comp Malibu?” If you just want the cheaper pour then order without using the brand name, like “can I have a coconut rum with orange juice?”
     
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  4. monkeyshed

    monkeyshed Low-Roller

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    Agree that it would depend on the circumstance. If just sitting at a bar and looking for a less expensive version, you can ask if they have a "well version of coconut rum". If you are playing, I agree to ask if they comp "Malibu" and order that. You may get it, you may not, but if you're playing, the price is the same, so go for it. I drink Jack Daniels and can tell when I get it and when I don't. Sometimes they say "ok" and then bring a substitute that is close, which is fine, but sometimes they bring a "well" bourbon so bad that it is undrinkable, and they swear that it is Jack. I'd personally rather that they say they don't comp what you're looking for, rather than fake it, but I think it depends on the waitress.
     
  5. bshowell

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    It helps to have a "well" list of things you can tolerate. Like well vodka gives me a headache, but well gin can be hidden pretty well in tonic and I can deal with that.
     
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  6. Chrisnewton

    Chrisnewton Low-Roller

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    Thanks all :)....makes it much clearer !
     
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    If the drink is being comped from gambling then just order Malibu and pineapple it's free anyway. You still may get the well version though.
     
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    Most casinos will claim to have the right to substitute a well brand when serving on the floor. If you’re in a high limit area or otherwise known player you could likely get any brand you want within reason. You could also politely ask the waitress for a “Malibu and oj. Must be.” Or something to that effect.
     
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    When ordering a "free" drink on the casino floor or VP bar, I usually specify a brand (i.e. my drink of choice is usually vodka and club soda- but i ask for Absolut, Tito's, Ketel etc...). I have been told in the past if a particular brand was not offered. So, no harm in asking for a specific brand.
    If paying, usually for a happy hour type special where only certain brands are offered, I just ask. As bshowell mentioned above, cheap vodka goes straight to my head. if i don't like the brand, I'll try something else.
     
  10. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Perhaps the only Vegas-obsessed millennial

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    I say just ask... "Do you have Malibu?". You're not necessarily asking if it can be comped, you're asking if they have it. This establishes whether or not there's anything to talk about.

    If they say yes (and they can comp it)... order it with orange juice or pineapple.

    If they say yes (but they can't comp it)... ask if they have anything similar. They probably do, since coconut rum is common enough that a generic equivalent does exist in many forms. This will be an easy conclusion for them to draw... much easier than trying to awkwardly probe like "Do you have something that's like rum but it also has coconut?".

    If they say no... then plain old rum it is!
     
  11. dankyone

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    I never knew there was a “well” version of Malibu! I would think in most cases you will get the real thing.
     
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  12. Frankr163

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    There are generic or well versions of almost all liquors.
    And if they are pouring drinks out of your view, you are most likely getting them.
     
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    Yeah, I know when I'm ordering Captain Morgan, I'm probably getting Admiral Nelson. After eight or ten of them, it doesn't bother me very much. And neither does anyting else.
     
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