I saw this bar tab floating around the internet yesterday. It was on some guy’s Twitter feed (obviously), and it really captured my attention. Clearly, if you aren’t hanging out at Tryst at the Wynn Las Vegas than you aren’t getting it done at a proper level. For the curious among you out there: the top line, the 25,000 dollar bottles labeled, “vueve ye 15L,” I believe that refers to a 15 liter bottle of Veuve Clicquot (note the correct spelling) Yellow Label. Retail price appears to be in the 2,000 dollar range. Anyway, when Wiz Khalifa says he’s “sipping Clicquot and rockin’ yellow diamonds,” I believe this is what he’s talking about, but I’ll double check with Bernard Hopkins just to make sure. When I look at this receipt the things that come to mind are questions. Many, many questions. I’d like them answered, or you can ask your own.
1. How typical is this? I figure it can’t be that common of an occurrence, or else we’d see these receipts more often, but maybe I’m wrong. Maybe in every upscale club in Vegas/LA/Miami/Manhattan every night dozens of people are dropping 189,000 on a bar tab.
2. How many people do you think partook in this extravaganza that was obviously some type of Cinco de Mayo bash? There appears to be 64 drinks, a bottle of Vodka, 16 bottles of Dom, and 4 Magnums of Clicquot. Is that a party of 16?
3. Did the guy who had the Heineken throw in 10 bucks?
4. How does the bar justify charging $8 for water when someone has just ordered 100 grand worth of sparkling wine? I thought Vegas was about the comps.
5. Is Sean Combs furious they weren’t drinking Ciroc? Grey Goose really has staying power.
6. How many employees split that 30 thousand dollar tip? Do you even get your hands on that? Are the servers/bartenders on some type of slave labor commission? Is it possible that one person walked out of there with 10 or 15 thousand dollars in gratuity?
7. Do you go above the 20% automatic here? Tipping 20% on a $25,000 bottle of champagne already seems outrageous. Should bar tabs be taxable for tips only up to the first 50 thousand?
8. And, if you are tipping more, where do you go? Nearest 100,000? Just call it an even 200,000? That would bump the tip up to 52,000 dollars. Maybe you go $225,000? Do ballers double it? Call it $380,000?
9. All this money on drinks and no one thought to drop a quick 8-spot on a dozen wings or something? Sampler plate?
10. Do you think this person could really afford it? I mean, obviously a lot people could afford this tab and it wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but doesn’t this look like the tab of someone about to go broke?
What do you think?