At some clubs in Washington, Miami and New York, the only way to get a seat anywhere is to get bottle service.
Side note: It's alternately called table service, too. I think they're the same thing.
Bottle service is where you pay a huge chunk of change -- sometimes as much as $200 or $300 -- for a bottle of liquor, mixers and, in some places, your own bartender. It also guarantees that you have a reserved table, as long as you keep spending money.
For obvious reasons, bottle service hasn't gripped Baltimore clubs like it has other cities ...
First off, we don't have that many high-end clubs to begin with. Baltimore doesn't have much of a high-end lounge mentality. The only places I know of that have bottle service are Angels Rock Bar, Lux and Mosaic. Those are the only ones that come to mind right away, at least. If you know of any more, feel free to post them.
I think a lot of Baltimoreans are loathe to shell out a couple hundred bucks for a bottle of liquor just to get a table at a club. In Miami and New York, it's accepted practice at this point. Not so here -- at least not yet.
There are some benefits to bottle service: You get your own table, and if you're with friends and split the bill, it doesn't end up costing you an arm and a leg. Plus, you get to drink top shelf liquor and don't have to wait in line at the bar.
But there are downsides, too: In order to get a table at a club/lounge, you have to spend a bunch of money.
As a club owner/patron, where do you stand? Are you for or against bottle service? And do you wish Baltimore had more/less of it?
(Baltimore Sun photo by Doug Kapustin)