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I'm a Las Vegas bottle girl. Here's what my job is like.

Omnia Nightclub
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Carrie Orozco
Celine Dion
Matchbox Twenty
Iggy Azalea
Lauryn Haas


Long Island

Caesars Palace
the Hard Rock Hotel

Las Vegas

New Year's Eve

Positivity     44.00%   
   Negativity   56.00%
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I started in 2015, when the club opened, and I've been there ever since.The summer before I got hired I was working as a food server at what used to be Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel but is now Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, and Omnia put out a notice for auditions on social media. On New Year's Eve, you're probably going to have to spend at the very least $5,000 to get lights and confetti because we're going to have tables with $30,000 minimums.When I started the job, I knew that people were rich, but I didn't understand how rich rich people are. It's also because sometimes we have important executives come in and they might not tip, or they might have family members come in and you don't want to harass your manager's mom for a hundred dollars — but at the same time, you wouldn't want someone giving her bad service because they weren't getting a tip out.We tip out our bussers and the bartenders, but those two departments also have people that they tip out from the money we give them. When we get a tip that large, the venue doesn't typically have that much cash to be able to split up, so it usually gets wire-transferred to us and takes a couple of days.I do make technically an hourly wage, but I can't even tell you what it is.When a club opens, the IRS will take all the paperwork and average out the sales to come up with what they believe your typical gratuity is per hour. There's someone that has my back.Sometimes people surprise us and come in midyear and spend like crazy, but on New Year's Eve there's so much money in the room — it just depends who's there.New Year's Eve in 2021 was slow because of COVID-19, and due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases at the end of 2021 we weren't as busy as I'd anticipated this New Year's Eve. But we still did well and averaged what we normally do for New Year's Eve. I'm still grateful considering there were fewer guests than usual.Only, we have the added component of people being drunk, which sometimes makes it just a little bit more difficult. The boundaries just aren't there, and sometimes they just don't understand that it's your job.The bottle girls don't drink at our venue, and sometimes people will really push it on you, or they'll say something like "I love your dress" and just grab your dress. But I know some girls who are uncomfortable about handshakes and high fives because in a nightclub we just don't really know where people's hands have been.One time Celine Dion came and sang on New Year's Eve. We do private events that we call banquets, and a lot of times they have A-list talent come in. There's a lot of opportunity to network too with very rich people who have been super successful and have a lot of connections.We've had guests who have gotten in a fight, left in their private jet, and then come back all in the same night to spend their minimum. Some guests are so rich that they get really creative with what they want.In a certain niche market, some people like when we come out with the bottles taped to our hands, or they'll have us tape the bottles to their hands when they're buying really large quantities of Champagne so we have to pour it all out right away.

As said here by Lauryn Haas