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Determining Table and Bottle Pricing in your Club

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Originally when nightclubs first became trendy, the only costs were for drinks and possibly a cover charge to get in the door. Over the last few decades, club owners have found all sorts of new ways to generate revenue such as bottle service, VIP seating, and more. When you’re pricing out a cocktail, the formula is really straight forward. You figure out the cost of the ingredients, add on your target margin, and you come up with a final price. However, determining table and bottle pricing can be a little trickier since it is skewed based on the demand of your limited seating areas and the “cool factor” of buying bottle service. Fortunately, there is a pretty simple way to figure it out if you know what you’re doing.

Bottle Service

There are two main ways nightclubs handle bottle service. Option one is used if there are plenty of table in the club and groups can simply order a bottle with mixers for their table to enjoy. Option two, the more popular option, involves having a limited number of tables available that are exclusively for groups who are buying bottle service.

To put it bluntly, a table for bottle service is worth whatever people are willing to pay. It’s always good to start off with a base price at the beginning of the night, such as 1 bottle for $300 or 2 bottles for $600, and then slowly increase the price as tables begin to fill up. It’s not uncommon for a nightclub to charge twice what the initial going rate for bottle service by the end of the night if the club is very busy. Just remember that it is completely supply and demand, so if the group wants bottle service they will pay what you ask.

Table Pricing

Some venues like to offer tables to VIP customers as a way of showing their status. Usually, this requires an additional purchase of a VIP package when they arrive at the club. Similar to bottle service, the cost of a table can fluctuate based on demand. However, it is usually much more affordable to be seated in the VIP area compared to getting a table with bottle service. You should also keep them separated so the bottle service customers are considered the top echelon while the VIP customers are a close second.

Advanced Booking Fees

Sometimes large groups want to reserve a section of your nightclub for an event such as a birthday party or a bachelor party. This can mean big business, but it can also hinder your regular business model because of the amount of space they will take up in your venue. For this “hassle”, you should charge an advanced booking fee. Typically, the industry standard is somewhere between 25% and 50% of the normal cover charge per person in the group. This should also be non-refundable in case the group decides to cancel unexpectedly so you aren’t out the labor and materials costs for preparing for their arrival.

Though pricing out VIP packages and bottle service requires some flexibility and a keen business sense, with a little practice it is fairly straight forward. Just remember that you’re selling an experience and that demand should guide you while you’re determining table and bottle pricing in your club.

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Storing Bottle Sparklers Properly

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If your bar or nightclub has a lot of customers who buy bottle service, then chances are you will want to buy in bulk to get the best possible price. You can save a ton of money if you buy your bottle sparklers by the case rather than buying individual packages. So crunching the numbers and buying as many sparklers as you can within reason is always the best choice. However, you need to make sure you are storing bottle sparklers properly so they don’t become damaged or accidentally ignite. Here are some tips to help you keep them stored safely and wisely to keep your investment intact.

Storing Bottle Sparklers in a Dry Space

Since you will likely be using your these as a garnish for your VIP bottle service, the most likely place to keep your supplies is behind the bar. This can be incredibly convenient for your bartenders and servers because they will be very close by when someone orders bottle service. However, since there are a lot of liquids flowing behind a bar, you can easily get your supply wet by accident and ruin the whole box.

To combat this problem while still reaping the benefits of keeping them where they’re needed the most, only stock enough supply behind the bar as necessary to complete a shift. Consider storing bottle sparklers in a dry storage area so if there is an accident you won’t need to throw out your entire supply. You may also want to invest in some cheap dry storage containers for the sparklers you have in normal use.

Storing Bottle Sparklers Away From Flame

If you operate a bar or nightclub that allows smoking, you may be concerned about something accidentally igniting the rest of your supply. Keeping them away from potential fire hazards and open flame is essential to the safety of your customers. Storing bottle sparklers in an area where they can be subject to catching fire is never an option. Also, always keep the container that you store them in closed when you’re not reaching in to grab some. Furthermore, storing them near heat sources such as a furnace or in the kitchen a bad idea. This is just asking for problems.

Other Considerations When Storing Bottle Sparklers

There are a lot of other considerations to take into account when determining how many bottle sparklers to order and where they will be stored. Obviously, you need to have enough storage space on hand to accommodate the quantity you order to make buying wholesale bottle sparklers worth the cost savings, but you also don’t want to have too many on hand for long periods of time. As a rule, we suggest only keeping a maximum of a six month supply of bottle sparklers on hand at any given time. Not only does this keep your costs reasonable and limit the amount of storage space that you’re taking up, but it also keeps your liabilities reasonable in case of an issue such as your sparklers getting wet and needing to throw them all out. By keeping a reasonable supply on hand, you can get the best price while mitigating the risk of throwing money down the drain.

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How to Find a Nightclub with Bottle Service

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If you’re looking for a great nightclub to hang out at for an evening, then chances are bottle service is at the top of your list of desirable amenities. Not only is bottle service much cheaper than buying drinks straight from the bartender but you also get the star treatment that makes and ordinary evening special. The good news is that most premier nightclubs, regardless of what sit you happen to be in, already offer a great bottle service menu. The bad news is that there are a lot of clubs out there that don’t offer bottle service at all, and sometimes knowing which clubs do or don’t can be a bit of a challenge.

If you’re lucky and you live in a populous city, then chances are you can find out which clubs offer bottle service from either one of your friends or your own personal experience. While that method is obviously the easiest way to figure it out, sometimes it is more difficult to find a nightclub with bottle service than you would ever imagine; especially since most nightclubs don’t directly advertise this service. Fortunately, there are a few ways to go about finding a nightclub that actually does offer bottle service so you can have an evening on the town that you’ll never forget.

Internet Search

Probably the easiest way to find out if a particular nightclub offer bottle service is to do a general internet search for clubs in your area. Typically, the nightclubs that show up at the top of the search results will be the most popular and almost always they will offer bottle service. Once you find a few nightclubs that look promising, you can visit their websites and see if they have their drink menu posted. Most reputable nightclubs will have a professional website with all of their food and drink items listed, including a bottle service menu, so this is you r best chance at making your search as easy as possible.

Social Media

If you aren’t having any luck with a regular internet search, your next stop should be social media. No matter which social media platform you prefer to use, chances are that either the nightclub itself or some of their happy customers will be posting pictures and stories about their experience at the club. If a nightclub offers bottle service, then you will likely find some pictures or testimonials that can lead you in the right direction and make your evening a breeze.

Give Them a Call

Though making a phone call can seem archaic and time-consuming, it is a surefire way to make sure that a particular nightclub in fact offers bottle service before you drive all the way down there and pay for parking only to be disappointed. No matter how big of a hassle it may seem to pick up your phone and give them a call, it is much better than the alternative of wasting a large chunk of your time when you could be out having fun.

Due to the popularity of bottle service, we are now coming into an age where it will soon be part of standard nightlife business practice. However, until then you’ll need to do your homework to make sure a given club offers that type of experience so you can get the most out of your night on the town.

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Bottle Service at a Home Party

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Though many people think of a fun night out at their favorite nightclub or bar when they think about bottle service, you can actually pull off the concept at home without too much difficulty. Though your probably aren’t going to hire a staff of people to serve bottles to you and your dinner guests, the tradeoff is that it will be much less expensive and you won’t need to worry about having a sober cab or hiring a driver since you’re already at home. However, since bottle service at home is a bit of a hassle to setup, you probably want to reserve it for special occasions. Here are a few times when having bottle service at home is something worth considering.

Dinner Party

If you’re having a dinner party for you and your friends, offering a form of bottle service can be very elegant. Simply find out what everyone drinks, run to your local liquor store in advance to get stocked up, and have the bottles waiting at the dinner table along with a good selection of mixers. It isn’t quite as luxurious as having a server bring the bottles out to your guests, but you can duplicate most of that effect by preparing ahead of time.

Holidays

Holiday parties are another time when having bottle service at home is a great choice, especially since you can usually just buy champagne to do the job. Champagne is the celebration drink of choice, so it is perfect for toasts on holidays like Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving. On top of that, since everyone will be drinking champagne, you can buy by the case at a wholesale liquor store and reduce your cost per bottle greatly. Just place bottles throughout your home in ice buckets so your guests are never too far from a refill.

Special Events

Special events such as weddings, birthdays, or anniversaries are probably the time when offering your guests bottle service makes the most sense. Since the event is so special, chances are that you’re willing to spend a little more money on the party. You can consider hiring a server for your event to walk around filling up people’s glasses with their drink of choice, or you could even consider hiring a bartender to make drinks on demand. There will obviously be some upfront costs with buying the supplies and liquor for the bartender, but it will make the event even more special and will still be cheaper than a night out at your favorite bar or nightclub.

Safety Concerns

Whenever you’re considering having bottle service at your home for a party or event, safety should be the primary concern. Many bars and nightclubs are able to do things that you can’t because of the size of their space such as attach bottle sparklers to each bottle before they are delivered to the guests. However, this isn’t always a good idea inside of a house because of the low ceilings, cramped quarters, and random obstacles that are located throughout most homes.

Additionally, many of your house guests will likely get impaired if they are drinking large amounts of alcohol, so letting them drive home is probably a bad choice. You need to either make sure there are accommodations for your guests at your home or arrange transportation for them at the end of the night. There are a lot of things to consider when planning to have bottle service at home, but if you plan ahead and make sure you take the proper safety precautions, it can be a fun time that is much less expensive than a night on the town.

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Refusing Service: The Easy Way

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Every so often, you’re going to get a patron that has had way too much to drink and just doesn’t know when enough is enough. Sure, you can do your best to spot potential problems before they blow up into a full out fiasco, but sometimes that’s easier said than done; especially in a busy and crowded venue. Most people who enter the bar and nightclub industry are aware of the potential hassles associated with conducting business before their doors ever open, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any easier to deal with. Fortunately, there are a couple of easy ways to go about refusing service to an unruly patron with both speed and class to interrupt your other customers as little as possible.

Identifying the Problem

The first thing you need to do to deal with a potential problem is to spot it in the first place. By properly training your bartenders and server to know when someone is reaching that point of too intoxicated, you can reduce the frequency that you have to take more drastic action. If a person is getting close to their limit, you can take your time serving them to try to let the problem work itself out. If you have to cut someone off from drinking, it’s a lot easier to do if they aren’t already way over the limit.

Optionally, many bar and nightclub owners are choosing to integrate monitoring software into their POS systems to give their employees the upper hand. After a certain number of drinks are served to a particular table or patron, you are signaled the next time you ring in a drink order that they are at a “checkpoint”. The bartender, a server, or the floor manager should stop by the table for a “meet and greet” to verify that everything is still good and they can continue enjoying your bar or nightclub without any problems. Usually, this trigger would occur after a table orders bottle service as well.

Dealing with the Problem

So, you’ve done everything you possibly can to prevent your patrons from getting way too drunk, but still somebody has slipped through the cracks and is making it difficult for the rest of your customers to have fun. Don’t panic, this is why you create a plan for refusing service ahead of time. Whoever is delegated as the head of security should head over to the table. Many bars and nightclubs have a bouncer on staff on busy nights for this very reason, but often times this responsibility falls onto the floor manager.

Your best option is to approach the table and ask the person causing trouble to step away and have a word with you. They are much more likely to cooperate if they’re on their away from their friends, and it is a less intimidating atmosphere. Simply ask them to leave, and hopefully they’ll oblige. If not, you can tell them that the police will be called to escort them off the premises. It’s a good idea to have a server or bartender observing your interaction, and have a hand signal ready if there’s too much trouble when refusing service. If all else fails, call in the police for reinforcements.

By standing your ground and keeping your other guests safe and entertained, you can make the experience at your bar or nightclub much better. It’s not always fun and sometimes you don’t want to deal with it, but you should never let one bad apple spoil the fun for every other paying customer.

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How to Use Bottle Sparklers Properly

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Here at Sparkler City, we get a lot of questions about how to use bottle sparklers properly. These questions range from basic safety procedures to how you attach them to your bottle. Even what the best way to light them is. In light of the high demand for the answers to these types of questions from our loyal bar and nightclub customers, we have decided to put together this page for your reference purposes.

How to Use Bottle Sparklers Safely – The Basics

It’s important to remember that bottle sparklers are combustible just like any other type of fireworks that you’ve handled in the past. The fact that they are commonly used indoors and around large groups of people has nothing to do with the fact that they can still be dangerous if not handled properly. Never point a burning bottle sparkler at any person or object and always make sure it is far away from anyone or anything. Just remember to use common sense and treat them like the fireworks they are and you shouldn’t have any problems while using them.

Attaching Sparklers to Bottles

Attaching your sparklers to a bottle is very simple; provided you have all the right equipment on hand. You will need a sparkler safety clip to do this correctly because any other method can lead to problems. Simply attach the larger side of your safety clip to the neck of your favorite bottle of wine, liquor, champagne, or other adult beverage and fasten the sparkler into the smaller side of the clip. Your bottle sparkler should now be sturdy and secure and awaiting the moment that you light it up.

Lighting a Bottle Sparkler

Lighting bottle sparklers is a fairly painless and simple process. Unlike regular sparklers, you light the entire tip area of these to get them going. There is a small piece of (what appears to be) tissue paper covering the end, and that’s what you want to light. You can use a match, lighter, candle, blowtorch; it doesn’t really matter. Just make sure you keep your hand out of the way when it starts throwing out its sparks.

Delivering a Bottle to a Table

When carrying your bottle service customers their sparkling bottle, it is important to keep it away from the guests until they have finished emitting sparks. Don’t let the customer handle the bottle during the performance, nor should you set the bottle on the table. Your best choice is to hold it in the air in a visible area away from the table until the sparklers are finished and then remove the used sparklers and clip before you set it down for the customer to enjoy their drinks. Not only will this allow them the full show, but it also prevents any unintentional injury to the customers. You need to educate your employees on how to use bottle sparklers correctly. When mastered, this can make your customers feel like VIPs while at your club!

Extinguishing Bottle Sparklers

After you’ve learned how to use bottle sparklers, they’re finished burning, and you’ve removed them from the bottle along with the safety clip, it can be tempting to toss them in the trash. After all, if your hand isn’t on fire while holding them, they are obviously safe to chuck into the trash. Wrong. Small embers that could still be cooling can easily light paper or other trash even if you believe it is completely extinguished. To be completely safe, you should always extinguish your used bottle sparklers entirely. Do this by submerging them in water before tossing them in the trash. Also, always keep a high quality fire extinguisher on hand, too.

Many bars and nightclubs keep a bucket behind the bar on busy nights and then empty all of the used bottle sparklers into the trash at the end of the night. Part of knowing how to use bottle sparklers properly is making sure they’re completely extinguished. Then you can confidently attend to the customers in your bar or nightclub and focus on other tasks.

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The Science Behind Bottle Service

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When most owners think of offering bottle service in their club, they are thinking about really fast ways to make a quick dollar without needing to put in too much more effort from their staff. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to increase profits, but it is important to realize that there is much more science behind bottle service than one would imagine. Actually, nearly everything in a bar or nightclub is based on science rather than just personal taste, so knowing the numbers and perfecting the art is something anyone can learn with the right information handed to them. Here are some basic tips to help you get the science of bottle service right for your bar or nightclub.

What Type of Bottles

The most important element of selling more bottle service is to know what your customers want. Though you may occasionally get a request for another type of high-end liquor, most customers will be ordering vodka or champagne. This is an important piece of the science, because you want to know what to offer your customers when you approach them as potential bottle service customers. It is always best to put together a simple and effective bottle service menu to help guide your customers to the right option for their needs, not try to offer them something they don’t want to drink. Vodka mixes well with a variety of items, and champagne stands perfectly all by itself.

Promos Earn Profits

Putting together promotional packages for your high-end spirits will always help you sell more. Consider creating packages that include a full bottle of premium vodka such as Grey Goose or Belvedere coupled with a smaller bottle of liquor such as tequila that is better for taking shots. This type of package allows your guests to mix vodka drinks during their evening and have a few shooters, and you can usually work out combo deals with your liquor distributors. Don’t be afraid to discuss coupling premium vodkas and champagnes with other liquors that your distributor offers in exchange for a volume discount because this is a really great way to earn extra profits without increasing prices.

Make It a Big Deal

When you deliver your bottle service package to a customer, you want to create a massive spectacle so that everyone in the bar or nightclub notices. The science behind this is twofold; to impress the buyer by making them feel important and to sell more bottle service packages. Part of the justification of spending $500 on bottle service is the “VIP status” it indicates to everyone else in the club, and this will have a dramatic impact on the number of packages you sell in an evening.

One of the most classic ways to draw attention to bottle service is to use bottle sparklers to literally direct people’s eyes on the spectacle. Nothing turns more heads than sparks flying everywhere in a dark club, so this is the classic go-to for nearly every hotspot. However, sparklers may not be practical in some bars or nightclubs because of fire codes or local laws prohibiting their use, so another option may be LED wands that create a similar effect. There are several great options out there to draw attention to the bottles as they are being served, so research some options that work for your venue because it is one of the most crucial elements of the science behind bottle service and increasing profits.

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How Bottle Service Changed Everything

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Bottle service at nightclubs didn’t start showing up until the mid-1990’s after clubs started catering to European and Asian clients that saw high end bottles at their table as a status symbol. It was in a bar and nightclub owner’s best interests to push the idea of having a bottle directly on the table because it was a surefire way to sell more drinks with less labor involved. This push lead to a huge surge in bottle service popping up at nightclubs across America and a new trend was born.

Until bottle service became the standard for VIP treatment, clubs needed to rely on bartenders and waitresses serving the drinks directly to the customer. Though this got the job done and brought in revenues for the bar, it was slow and inefficient. Not only was the bar only brining in a fraction of its potential revenue, the customers were unable to enjoy their evening as well because they were standing in line at the bar or waiting for a waitress to refill their drinks. By simply placing a bottle on the table, each guest became their own bartender and a staff of five could now serve a room of two hundred people without even breaking a sweat.

This was, without a doubt, one of the biggest game-changers in the history of the nightclub industry. No longer were clubs simply for dancing and socializing with the occasional drink, they were full-fledged alcohol destinations that were bringing in the masses for an evening of drinking and partying with their friends. Businessmen quickly flooded the market with their limitless credit cards and $5000 suits to take over the VIP areas while the ownership of the clubs shifted from artistic people to business-minded groups. Some see the bottle service as the catalyst for ruining the club scene forever while others see it as the great money-maker that made the club scene more profitable than ever before.

However, it’s not all glitz and glamour with bottle service; there are a few pitfalls to consider as well. By placing bottles on every table, you are opening yourself as a club owner to a new set of potential problems. If there is a fight at your nightclub, the glass bottles are readily available to be used as weapons and the shattering glass can injure the innocent bystanders. This type of scenario is more common than you think, and the ensuing lawsuit can devastate you financially.

For this reason, any club that decides to offer bottle service needs to have ample security. Since you can cut down on the number of waitresses and bartenders you’ll need on staff, you can hire more security guards and turn them into liquor deliverymen as well. They can transport the bottles to the table just as easily as a traditional waitress, but hand-delivery of a bottle from a security guard will allow them to assess the people at the tables and spot potential problems before they get out of control.

All in all, bottle service changed everything about the nightclub industry and the way we treat our VIP clients. Though not everyone is in love with the idea of bottle service, it has made the entire industry more profitable and popular. While there are some who will never fully embrace the concept of bottle service at their establishment, it has become a crucial feature that many customers are looking for and will surely earn you more money if you welcome it with open arms.

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