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The World's First Guide to Vegas
from a Real Vegas Cocktail Waitress








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I've gotten a lot of e-mails from other cocktail waitresses, bartenders, etc., so I thought I'd make a separate page for their e-mails.  Send me your rants!

Hi Dollie!!

I just came across your website accidentally. It is so funny and sooo true! I love when you break it down with what types of people drink what beverages.  You really touched on some very important things that no one every writes in a public forum such as this. I am a true Vegan and have cocktailed for ten years. I have worked on the strip and downtown too. I have been at my current job 4ever!! But I am number one in seniority and a shop steward. So you know that I am always in the shit so to speak.  This is  really a love/hate kind of job, as you know, working with the public. People think that are jobs are so glamorous. Wrong! This is a laborous job but it can be worth it. This job isn't for everyone, trust me I have trained so many girls over the years. I have a degree and people always ask me why I don't use it and get a "real" job. Well my answer is always the same , this is as real as you want it to be and I don't have to take my job home with me every night! You have done a good job marketing yourself, so props girl! I had a website about five years ago but I didn't want to put the work into it  and I got married and wanted to spend time with my hubby!  Keep doing what your doing!

P.S. everybody knows me as hello kitty and Winnie the Pooh girl too!

P.P.S. I saw the places that you eat at, do you ever go to sushi fever? Thats my fav!!

You must be my soulmate.  I'll be calling you for a sushi date!

Hello Dollie,

You have a wonderfully insightful website. I just moved up here from Phoenix. I am attending college majoring in hotel/gaming hospitality. I was wondering perhaps if getting a recommendation from one of the Professors that are in the casino industry would give me a leg up on the competition applying for these hotel/gaming positions?  This semester I will be taking a bartending class to possibly get a job while going to school. Any ideas as to if I should start in a local casino for experience. As for you, you are very gorgeous and very intelligent, and totally hilarious. Cute baby also.

Thanks Aaron

A local bar is a great way to get experience, but keep in mind that most local bars like to hire female bartenders.  And it always helps to be juiced in.  Good luck!

Hi!  My name is Theresa, and I live in Washington State. I have an interview this coming monday for a cocktail waitressing job at a casino in WA.  I was originally going to be a dishwasher ( of all things) but I was told from a higher head that I would be a great cocktail waitress instead.  So I guess you can say that I got juiced in(now that I know that, I'm gonna keep it to my self..hehe). I have no experience at all in this profession and it will be totally new to me,  and so I'm glad I surfed into your site and now I have and idea of what to expect.  Thankyou!

Good for you.  Some days you'll wish you took the dishwashing job.

Hi Dollie,

I got online today to study Video Poker before our upcoming stay at NY NY, and i've spent the last 2 hours here hanging on your every word. Informative and funny at the same time.

My wife has been a waitress for about 18 years, and i totally understand about how it is working with the public. Back in the early 90s i was a pizza deliverer, that's another job that could use a site like yours. I have alot of experiences good and bad with that job.

Anyway, you remind me so much of my wife, it's funny. The same type of job, same tv music interests ect. Same kind of humorous, friendly, yet doesnt take any bs kind of attitude.

I showed her this site and she thought it was a great idea that you did this.

An example of her similar humor:

She was at work one day and had a tray in both hands full of dishes, plates ect, and a younger guy who had been a little arrogant to her earlier, stuck his glass out in front of her as she was walking by his table, he shook it, rattling the ice, (kinda like the snapping the fingers thing), and he said he needed a refill.

My wife sort've leaned forward and said "Sure, just set it on my head". lol

Thanks, great site you have, great idea.

Larry and Celia

Food waitresses work the hardest.  People who have never been a waiter or waitress don't know how much skill it takes to time the delivery of drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts.  And everyone wants their food done a different way with special requests, and they all want their food NOW.  Delivery guys have it hard too.  People complain about the jacked up price for delivery.  Well, duh!  That's why you can sit on your ass at home and have it delivered.  And I can just imagine how many times people say to them, "It took you long enough!"  My boyfriend also used to deliver pizza, and because of the things he told me, I make sure I'm always nice when I order and I always tip them 20% of the bill.  It's called "smart insurance."  I always get my pizza hot and on time, and there are never any extra toppings.


I saw ur website and read it, u seem to know exactly what ur doing and that u have a good head on ur shoulder...I wanted to ask you though, I got the TAM and health card but I need the sheriff's card. But I am not an american citizen and I don't have immigration documentation that would give it to me. I have my driver's licence and ss card. Do u think that if I put that I was born in the US on my referal slip, they'll find out?

It's so ridiculous to get a job here without it!! Or not knowing anyone!!!

Yhanks a lot!!! xoxo


You don't need a Sheriff's card to be a cocktail waitress.  If you're looking to be a bartender, you can't get a Sheriff's card until a casino hires you, then they give you a referral to take with you to the Sheriff's office.  And as far as I know, you don't need to be a citizen to work here, you just need proof that you are here legally.  I wouldn't recommend lying.  I don't know if they check, but I'm sure nothing good would happen if they found out.

Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed/appreciated my visit to your website. My mother was a cocktail waitress for many years and I was a bartender down in Daytona Beach (I could tell YOU some tales about Race & Bike Weeks, & Spring Breaks and Black Reunion Week!)
back when I was youngER. :)

You clearly know what YOU are about & know what you are TALKING about which is soooo bloody refreshing, kiddo. You baby is absolutely sweet & beautiful (and I am NOT one to say such things) - must get it from mom!

Thanks so much for all your efforts; I hope many, many peoples will read & heed all the info. I am off to LV (from Oregon) in November and will keep my eye out for you (yeah, I know it's a BIG town) - just to say HOWDY.

Do take good care and be well.

Newport, Oregon (if you all ever decide to come up and check out the Pacific Northwest, do contact me & I'll be happy to help out in any way I can).

Thanks Tim, I hope I get a chance to meet you!

Hey girl. I just wanted to email you and say what everyone else says about your site...It's freakin hilarious! I am a vegas cocktail waitress too and it's just funny how everything you say to the TEEEEEE is so true and i can relate totally!! of course i call my boyfriend over and he thinks i'm a total idiot because he doesn't understand but whatever!! Anyhow congrats on your baby!! i left the wynn and i'm living in missouri until my baby is born in January but i'm thinking about moving back to vegas soon as i can. living the life we have in vegas and making our money is really missed out here in farmland missouri. i really miss it!!'re on my favorites!! by the way what nationality are you? you say howlie? so you're white/hawaiian? i dunno....just wondering. you look asian and could be my sister!! okie..take care and thanks!  Yara

So you're Mormon/Jewish too?  Wow, what a coincidence!  Bet there aren't too many of us in Missour-a.  Congratulations with the baby, maybe I'll see you back in Vegas soon!

Can a person become a cocktail waitress if they have a Felony and to they run a National Criminal Backround Check or just a Basic Criminal Backround Check!  ALso do they finger print you?


I don't know what kind of background check they do, but they no longer fingerprint you because you don't need a Sheriff's card.

hey whats up? my name is Daniela and im  24 from Brooklyn NY,, i was just thinking that i want to become a cocktail waitress and all,,, is there aNY  suggestions that you can give me to go about it,, and all,,,and what do you do? and id they train you before hand or what not,, thanxs

Hi Daniela,

I pretty much give all the advice that I have on my "Want My Job?" page.  Once you are hired, some casinos do train you the first week by having you follow another cocktail waitress around while she takes orders and shows you the policies and procedures.  Good luck!


I am also a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas and I think your site is a riot!!  I cannot believe how many times I busted out laughing reading things that happen to me every day.  I think the information in your site should be a mandatory read for anyone coming to Vegas.  Congrats on such an entertaining site!



Anytime you want to submit your own stories, let me know!


My name is Stacy and I just wanted to thank you for putting together such an informative website. Your website answered just about all of my questions, regarding cocktail waitressing in Vegas. I currently live in Orlando, FL, I am 27, and my current profession is a school teacher. I have no bartending or cocktail waitressing experience, however, I have been entertaining the thought of relocating to Vegas, and making a career change as a cocktail waitress hopeful out in Sin City. I know I 've got some stakes against me considering I have no prior experience in the field, however, I'm confident and a fast learner. Enough about my story, thanks again for creating your informative website. If you have any further advice for me it would be much appreciated. Take Care!


You can probably check online for any casinos that are hiring cocktail waitresses.  Good luck in your search.  By the way, Vegas is in need of good schoolteachers!

Hi Cocktaildoll,
I just read your entire site, and found it to be as informative as it is entertaining...thanks!
I have a situation at hand that maybe you can be of some help, possibly. I am a nurse by profession, however, I am in the first stage process of writing a book...the location for the book is Downtown Las Vegas, which is what the book is all about in the mid 1970's...will be light entertainment, funny!
Anyways, I wish to give up Nursing indefinitely (at least for duration of book to be finished 4/5 years) and pursue this project. Here is my problem...I need to live the life of one of the book's main characters, and that is a Cocktail Waitress, which I think I can do....except I'm 49 years old, it's not enuff anymore to be told I look like Priscilla Presley, because fact remains, I'm pushing 50...(tips will be flowing, yeah, right!) and most of girls from what I can see are 30's/40's top...You might say that Downtown is best suited for me anyways, doesn't really matter, as "the strip" does absoloutely nothing for my book, or the reason I'm doing this in the first place...the book is the reason for everything...I'm not going to Las Vegas to work in Nursing...I can do that here! But...I need to eat and pay bills while I'm there...My question to you, Sweet Cocktaildoll, Do I stand a chance of making it in that town for however long it takes to write book (4 or 5 years)?...Any advice would be greatly appreciated...Thanks in advance, Dollie!

Best Regards,

I live in Arizona, and have for past 30 years...So, I go to Las Vegas about 3 times a year...I am married, and my husband is going along with what I want to do, and, of course, he can help at times, but it's really all about me and wanting to do it on my own, and not wanting/having to rely on him for anything during this's enuff that he's not telling me I'm crazy!
It's my choice and he's just going along with's the most I can/want to ask from him....gosh, this is like a "Dear Abbey" thing, sorry!!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately, nurses, like teachers, don't make the income that they deserve.  Once you get a job as a cocktail waitress you may find that you never want to go back.  You'll have the same crazy stories to tell without the stress and long hours.  Good luck with your book!

when i was a bartender in discos, black guys would order courvoisier & coke alot. one black guy came up & ordered a pink squirrel, adding "and put some proof in it."

great website,

I would have put out my tip jar and said, "You first."

I just want to say that I love your site! I'm a cocktail waitress in Tunica, MS, and everything you write is oh so true! Keep up the good work!


Thanks J.C.!

Dollie, I love your website! It was very clever and dead-on about the industry... I am a cocktail waitress and I think your commentary and assessments are hilarious, and so frighteningly true. Kudos to you and your work!

Your sister in this fabulous/horrible arena,


We sisters have to stick together, thanks for the support!

This may seem like a truly silly questions, but I am beginning work cocktailing at the Spearmint Rhino next month. I was hoping you could suggest some comfortable, yet sex shoes for work. Thanks!! I live in Reno right now and all the girls shoes I see are absolutley hideous...Man, am I glad I found your site. I live In Vegas and I've been trying to get into cocktails for way too long now (I went to bartending school in 2003).

Comfortable sex shoes?  I've been looking for those myself.  Anyway, I have a feeling you won't want to be cocktailing there too's too tempting to get up on that stage.

Hi Dollie enjoy your website. I'm currently looking for a cocktail job. I've been studying a book called "Professional Guide to Bartending and Cocktailing". I wanted to ask you,what is the calling order of drinks to bartenders  in casinos? I worked in a gentlemen's club for a year and we entered our orders on micros which automatically came up in order to the bartender we didn't have to verbally call the drinks to the bartender. The book says 1. Frozen 2 Bottles, cans 3. Drafts, wine 4. Soft/well 5. call, brand 6. Prem. multi. I'm a little rusty when it comes to garnishes and certain drinks.

I have had two interviews with no success. I have two more this week. I really want to be a good cocktail waitress and ace my interviews I didn't enjoy the gentlemen's club.Working in a casino would give me an opportunity to learn more and have benefits.Any advice or tips you can give I would really appreciate it.......Thank you...Jennifer

The calling order in a casino is 1. well 2. call 3. premium 4. plain 5. frozen 6. draft 7. wine 8. bottle (water/beer).  When a bartender is at the well, the first thing he does is pick up the well gun and soda gun.  You want to call your drinks so that the bartender doesn't have to change guns back and forth, and once he sets down the guns, he doesn't have to pick them up again.  Nobody is perfect, and most bartenders don't really care if you screw up, but when it's busy, it sure makes things go a lot smoother.  You book's calling order could be used too.  Some bartenders like the frozen drinks first so they can get those going.  Also, if you have martinis that need to be chilled, you can call those first.  All bartenders prefer that you call all your bottles together, either first or last.  Garnishes are a bit confusing at first, but it's easy to catch on.  Don't go crazy with them.  Limes go in all soda drinks with a clear alcohol, like vodka and soda, all gimlets and "Mexican" drinks, like tequila, Margaritas, and Coronas, and in Caesars, Bloody Caesars, and Bloody Marys (I put an olive in my Bloody Marys, but that is technically incorrect).  They do not go in vodka and seven, or vodka on the rocks, gin on the rocks, etc.  Limes also do not automatically go in Cape Cods or rum and Cokes even though some waitresses do it.  Cherries go in sour drinks like amaretto sours or vodka sours.  They also go in drinks like Pina Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiris.  Also in drinks like Manhattans, Old Fashioned, and apple martinis.  Cherries do not go in plains.  A lime and cherry go in Tom Collins and Mai Tais.  A lemon goes in any iced teas or lemonades, like Long Islands and those infamous vodka lemonades.  Olives go in martinis.  Whipped cream goes on sweet frozen drinks like daiquiris and Pina Coladas, and hot drinks like Baileys and coffees and hot chocolates.  And if your casino has them, beans go in Sambuca, and onions go in gibsons.  Most casinos do not have the fancy stuff like celery or pineapples, at least not for the casino area.  It sounds like you're really making the effort to know your stuff, so you'll be fine.  Good luck!

I loved your "So you want my job?" section. From now on when people ask me why I am still looking for a cocktail server position, I will be sending them to your site.  People don't seem to understand how hard it is to get a cocktail server job. They think it's a piece of cake trying to get the most sought after position in Vegas!

I knew it was going to be hard though, but not this hard. It's especially tough when you don't know anybody who can get you juiced in, you know? Well, I figure since I have to work my ass off trying to get this job, I'll appreciate it that much more.

Anyway, take care and have an excellent day!


Well, I don't know about it being the most sought-after position...Celine Dion's got a pretty good gig.  But damn, she's annoying, and I'm not the only one who thinks so.


So, my roommate just emailed me the link to your site and I absolutlely adored it!!! We are both ex-cocktail waitresses @ indian casinos in the San Diego area (I am now a bartender/ she's now a dealer). My favorite sections were the Ordering Tips and Tipping Tips; I've always said that casino guests should have to complete a common-sense crash course @ valet before they are allowed in the building! Reading your Ordering Tips would probably do the trick! Anyway, I'm sure you get similar emails eneryday, but thanks for such a great addition to my "favorites" list, it is refreshing (as it is frightening) that not only "guests" of my casino are freaks, it's a world-wide epidemic, apparently!  Have a great day


If I could just save one stiff, then I will know I've made a difference.

Hi Dollie!

Up until VERY recently I have been a cocktail waitress at a large casino in CA. (I am now a dealer at the same casino). I absolutely LOVE your site!!!
Everything that you said is SOOO true it is so amazing!!! I just thought that it was our idiot customers that were like that! I absolutely CANNOT stand it when people whistle, or better yet from across the pit, or slot section, snap there fingers and hold up their beer with their eyebrows raised like if they didn't make a big scene I would forget that they had been drinking Coors Light every single round for the past three hours!!! ha ha ha.

The other things that I agree with you on wholeheartedly are:
#1 "I haven't seen a waitress in ____ hours." (Usually at my casino the magic number is 3 hours... which I absolutely love to hear, because, really?
. even if I am having a 'lazy' day.. there is absolutely NO WAY that I am going to be able to sit on my ass for 3 hours without getting in a shit load of trouble my my managers!!!) Or, I am walking my slots to get orders, and a guy orders, I walk around to the other side of the slot machine take orders over there, then have to walk by the guy that ordered again to get to my service station, and he says "where is my drink?" I always have to wonder do these people really think that I am Samantha from Bewitched, and I can just wiggle my nose and have their drink magically appear on my tray while I am standing there?!?!?! I mean, I am fast, but I am not lightening!

#2 When I walk by yelling (and yes, I yell) "Cocktails, Beverages" don't ask me, "Are you taking drink orders?" ?!?!?!?! No... I am just yelling for the hell of it, cause I like the way it sounds!!!

#3 I yell "Cocktails, Beverages", and the customer says, "Do you serve cocktails?" again... ?!?!?!?! Then... "OK... I'll have a cocktail" And again... ?!?!?!?! WHAT KIND?!?!?!?! Why is this so hard for customers to do? Or even, "I'll have a coffee". Again... What is soooo hard about saying, "I'll have a coffee, black... or I'll have a coffee, Cream and sugar ? And, while I am on that subject... do you ever get the... "I'll have a black coffee, with cream and sugar." What is that about?!?!?!?! How can it be a black coffee if it has cream?!?!

As for the "what do people drink" section... I had to lol on that one.
Soooo true. But, I gotta help add to your list: in our casino... Orange Juice No Ice... is always said "Orn U - No I". (Try figuring out what that one is the first time that you hear it!!!) Also, from the Asians: hot milk with Honey. Hot Chocolate, (no whip cream), and Tomato - No I" And if they drink, which is rare... Henekein.

Anyway girl -- GREAT SITE! I can't wait to email the link to all my cocktail girls!! They are going to LOVE it too!!! I am glad to see that one of us is out there educating the world on tipping and ordering ettiquette!!! It needs to be done!

And if I ever see you at your casino... I will be sure to ask for your autograph! (So... on the DL... which casino is it?) ;o)

Steph - Temecula, CA

Damn, I hope you don't start your own web site because you're stealing my thunder!  As for your add-ons to my "Who Orders What" page, you're absolutely right.  The "Orn U - no I" is actually the corrupted Americanized version of the Asian accent, as opposed to those who are fresh off the boat.  I'll make the appropriate amendments.  Thanks!

I just came across your site. Interesting read. I can relate to many of the scenes you described!

Being a bartender, sometimes I wonder if people really know what a tip is. I always seem to hear the same arguments for, and against, tipping (no thanks to the movie Reservoir Dogs for the anti-tipping rant.) but no one seems to mention the "you get to decide my salary" aspect of it.

Here's my take on it:
It's really an opportunity for the customer. Let me put it this way, if tipping didn't exist, you'd be paying an extra buck or two with the price you pay for a drink, to pay my salary, except that you wouldn't get a choice how much I get paid. Make no mistake, the tips are my salary. The paycheck basically covers tax (if your server even gets
one) The way it is now is *better* for the customer, as you get to pay depending on what my service was worth. You decide my salary. This is a good thing! If only you got to decide what the service was worth in more industries. If you hire a carpenter, you will pay him the same regardless of what kind of job he does. The same with your doctor. Some jobs are even the reverse, like car salesmen. The more they screw you, the better they get paid!

So tipping, the ability to decide a salary, is a rare benefit that you usually don't get when paying for a product.

Anyway, I'll part by sharing a story:

Female Redneck Customer: I'll get an Old Style.
Me: Sorry, we don't carry Old Style.
FRC: Oh, well I'll take it in a bottle then.
Me: I don't have it in a bottle either.
FRC: Well a can then!
Me: No, we don't have Old Style at all.
FRC: Ya ain't got Old Style!??
(at this point she looked like she was about ready to leap over the bar and beat me)

That was at least more creative than:
Customer: Gimmie a beer!
Me: What kind?
Customer: Beer!!!!
Me: No, what kind of beer?
Customer: BEER!!!!
Me: ... bottle or draft?


Hey, I think I had the same customers today...and the day before...and the day before that.  I wonder how these people make it cross country safely.

I have been at a casino since we legalized gambling in Indiana in 96. I find your site fascinating. People do the same stupid stunts everywhere. Although on the surface our basic jobs are the same, it's so strict here. EVERYONE (high rollers, employees, 21st birthday partiers) must pay for every drink no matter what. State law. We could lose our liquor license over it. So we get the stories like "I just lost $3000 to you (though somehow I personally never find it) and I can't get a draft beer? I only lost fifty bucks in Vegas and I drank free all weekend." We also have last call at 2:15 but we cannot leave. We stay and serve coffee and cokes until day shift comes in at 8 and resumes alcohol service. Unfortunately, we only have 2 shifts (a remnant from when state law mandated only 18 hours of operation per 24 hour day) so no matter when you work, you get that no drink shift part of the time so we clean and bitch and make our 4 dollars an hour. We also have alot of problems with girls raping other girls stations, especially since most of our business is regulars. We all know who tips. Not a big tourist population here in Indiana. And the "FAIR" rotation seems to be quite the conundrum for our scheduling supervisor. How do you figure your station assignments? Anyway, congrats on the baby. I truly enjoy your site.  Best wishes, Angela

We've never had anything as exciting as girls sexually assaulting each other's stations, but there are girls who will try to serve another girl's big tipper.  That's a very bad thing, and a reputation that can not easily be repaired.  All the hotels I've worked at have set stations and shifts, and there are overlapping hours with each shift so you don't have everyone coming and going at the same time.  When people give me the "drinks are cheaper at such-and-such a place," my response is always, "I know...this place is such a rip-off.  You should go back to such-and-such a place."  Usually people aren't sure if I'm on their side or slamming them.

Hey Dollie,
Just wanted to thank you for your informative site.
I'm a Las Vegas local whos trying to break the food server barrier and start serving cocktails instead. I recently had an interview but was told to call back after i learned how to call orders, garnishes, ect. I couldn't find much information on this, only bartending guides. Your site, however, was a big help.
Thank you for taking the time to make such an informative site, I truly appreciate it.
Take Care,

Good luck Amy!

Thanks for a great website. I've been in Las Vegas for 3 and a half years now, and have lots of friends in the food & bev. industry. After much consideration, and sitting behind a desk with NO interaction for entirely too long, I'm going to give the cocktailing biz a shot.

I have zero experience and I'm having my first child in July, but I think the financial benefits in the long run will be worthwhile. Any recommendations for certain hotels/casinos that are more flexible than others, as far as age (I'm 31), marrital status(Married), having a kid go? I know they can't "technically" discriminate against these things, but let's be realistic... they sometimes do....

And I want to be as prepared as possible, like you said, don't want to be the new kid not knowing a damn thing. So, besides reading up, (I'm definitely picking up the book you mentioned and I'll be checking back to your website as a regular visitor) is there anything else I can do to better my chances at getting in to a good casino and making a "career" of this?

Thanks for your advise! You're experience and knowledge is very beneficial to those of us who want to work our asses off, too!


First, congratulations on your baby!  Second, you should wait at least a few months after you have the baby before applying for a job.  Cocktailing is not easy on the body.  Actually, if you wait until December, your chances of being hired will be better because even though it's a slow month, casinos really need the extra help for Christmas and New Year's Eve.  Your age and having a baby is almost a non-issue, the biggest hurdle will be that you have no experience.  A lot of casinos make you apply online or at an employment center where it's all computerized.  If you have no experience, your application won't even be seen by the beverage manager.  Since you have lots of friends in the industry, see if they can talk to their manager for you.  Good luck!

Hi Dollie, Ben from Coca- Cola gave me your website since I’m a Vegas cocktail waitress also. Have been since ’79. Our rules about a few things aren’t as strict as yours. You info was right on the money! Had a few good laughs! One thing I have to add is guys who chew!! They ask for a cup and then leave it on the table. Like I want to pick up that disgusting thing. Or they won’t let you take their empty beer bottle or empty glass. I know their chewers so I always say, “Are you chewing because if you are KEEP IT OFF THE TABLE AND TAKE IT WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO!!” It’s a health law! Don’t know if it is or not but it’s my rule! Of course I don’t say the last part. And I don’t care how much money they are betting. A chewer is a chewer! I once had this famous baseball player ask for a cup so I told him what the rules were. Well he left the table and went over to the next one and left his “chew cup” on the table. I made the floor man throw it away. So when I went up to him and asked him if he thought I was kidding about taking it with him. He says does this mean I can’t get another drink? I told him he could get another drink but he dam sure wasn’t getting another cup!

I had some guy the other night chewing and I told him to take it off the table. After I left he asked the dealer if I could tell him that! The dealer was smart enough to say yes!

My other favorite saying is when guys ask you if that’s enough money when the tip you. I look them straight in the eye and say,  I know you’re old enough to know better than  to ask a woman if that is enough money! Works every time, they always give me more!

I still call my Bourbon and coke,  etc the old timers way. Just like left right means soda then water. Most bartenders don’t have a clue what the hell I’m talking about. I don’t say out because when I first started in the business I had an older bartender that said when you are ordering your last drink lower your voice. Still works fine for me after all these years. I really liked when you talked about when people ordered coffee and say coffee sugar NO cream. I always tell them don’t tell me what you don’t want because women don’t hear NO’S!!! Or when they order coffee light. So when I ask them do you mean a lot of cream or a little they get frustrated and just say just make it normal then! They get mad!! Or when someone orders hot tea and I say to them “black” and they say HOT TEA like I didn’t hear them so I always say back “do you want anything in it???” When they answer no, I have to say “then black! They get the message the next time.

You didn’t include the stupidest question that people ask us. Do you live here?? No I commute from California everyday! Of course I live here!!

Of course I love the man that is a regular and comes to town one week with the wife then the next time comes with the girlfriend then the next picks up a hooker. And wonders why you won’t go out with him!!

I agree with you about how a girl ordering for herself. One thing I have to add is I think it says a lot about a man when you come up to the table and ask if anybody wants a drink and he his sitting there w/ a woman and he doesn’t even ask her if she wants something because he is so busy ordering for himself. I find that rude! I just want to tell girls, that’s a red flag!! Haha

Thanks for letting me add to your list of things! Have a good day…..KK

I love your line, "I know you're old enough to know better than to ask a woman if that is enough money."  I will definitely have to use that one.  We just had a memo at our casino about chew, that if we find a cup we are not to touch it, that we have to call housekeeping and they will throw it away.  Too many diseases going around.  That is just beyond disgusting.  And "Do you live here?"  That's the first question I have on my FAQ page.  I still get that question at least once a week.  Yep, people are, indeed, stupid.

I just wanted to say that I happened upon your website while LOOKING for serving jobs and I found it to be both amusing and extremely informative!!!  I just landed a job today in a casino in Rancho Mirage CA working the graveyard and if I decide to take it, I am going to use your advice and experience as lessons for myself.  I have never cocktailed in this sort of environment before, so your site really helped me contemplate doing it and taught me a lot...Thanks a ton, and here's wishing you TREMENDOUS tips!!!!


Thanks Cindy...good luck to you!

I just found your website and I have a few questions if you don't mind me asking, my husband and I are thinking moving to Vegas.

I would like to get a cocktail waitress job, what is your average take home daily and if you don't mind where do you work.  If you don't want to tell me where you work can you tell me the location as in other hotels it's by, is it a high class, middle, downtown, thanks this will help lots.

Do you know anyone that works at like the spearmint rhino as a cocktail waitress, I was wondering how much they make there.

Thanks Kori

I don't know anyone who works at the Spearmint Rhino, but I'm sure they make tons of money.  Oh, you meant as a cocktail waitress!  I don't know any cocktail waitresses there either.  If you read through my web site you won't find out where I work or how much I make, but you'll find all the information you need to become a cocktail waitress.  Good luck!

Hi Dollie,

    First of all I want to thank you for taking the time to create such a interestine and very useful website!!

    My name is Grace and currently I live in California but plan to move out to Las Vegas to continue my education at UNLV for nursing.  My goal is to work part time as a cocktail waitress while attending full-time at UNLV.  I do have a couple years experience as a cocktail waitress so I am hoping that it wont be any different up there.

  If you dont mind, I would like to know what an average cocktail waitress makes. I know that it varies depending on where you work and how good one is. But what is the avaerage a cocktail waitress makes working at a well known casino?

If you have any more information on cocktail waitresses working at a casino such as what their shift if one works evenings and any other tips, please let me know.

Thank you so much for taking the time. ; )  And congratulations on your new  baby!


You'll find all the information on my "So You Want My Job?" page.  If you're looking for a part-time job that will accommodate your schooling, a local bar will be better.  Casinos require new girls to be available whenever they need them.  But you may get lucky and find a casino that will try to work around your schedule.  Good luck!

Cocktail Doll-

I just came across your website and I found it very humourous! (Especially because I've encountered many of these situations serving drinks to the moronic drunks in Wisconsin)  I recently moved here from Wisconsin and I am persuing a cocktailing position.  I did waitress for the past five years in WI at a very lucrative bar next to Lambeau Field. (Where the Green Bay Packers play, in case you hate football but I was brainwashed to love it in WI because that is all there is.)   I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions on how to get started since I have no formal training in casino service.  I applied at about twelve different casinos from downtown to the new strip and really have no preference, I just need a job and somehow truley like waitressing.  Thank you for your time and just a few suggestions would really be helpful.



Well, I think you are really making the effort to find a job, and your persistence will pay off.  Just be sure you have your cards and know your drinks.  In general, I would say it's better to work at a bigger, newer casino, or a "locals" place, like a Station casino, or a "hip" place, like the Hard Rock or The Palms.  Avoid, like the plague, any place that sells dollar shrimp cocktails and hands out coupons.

Hi. Love the site.

I am 25 attractive no children with waitressing and bartending experience from 3 years ago when I lived in NY. My only problem is that I have a criminal record. It is not extensive, but right before I left NY, I was charged and convicted of criminal mischief. It the lowest level felony. I did $750 in damage to someone's property.

Also, for the last 3 years off and on, I have been an exotic dancer. I know there is no way for the casino not to find that out because we have sherrif's cards, and the clubs report it to the sherrif's department when they hire a girl. So that would also be on my aplication.

So, if you could let me know, to the best of your knowledge, would I be wasting my time? Is it like no casino will even think of hiring me, or do I have a chance? Are there any other sites you might recommend that I browse?

Dangerous Dee

Wow.  Maybe you should be a bouncer.  But seriously, I have no idea what they are looking for in the background check.  They never tell anyone, and if you don't pass it, they just tell you "thanks but no thanks" without an explanation.    Unless you are trying to get out of the business, why don't you be a dancer here?  I'm sure the girls here make tons of money.  Otherwise, I would try a local bar instead of a casino.  They seem a little easier to get into.


My name is Shannon and I just got offered a job at a casino as one of their extra board coctail servers. I've got no experience in coctailing and applied for the job back in January. I'm 36, recently a divorced stay at home mom of 2 boys so this job opportunity is beyond my wildest dreams. I NEVER thought that I could get a job at that type of establishment without experience. Since I am such an over-achiever with any job I take, I immediately came home and surfed the net looking for information on how to be the best coctail server. I recently took a part time job at a Starbucks for something fun to do while my kids are at school and absolutely love serving people even if it is overpriced coffee. I'm constantly amazed at the people who come in and spend $5.00 on a cup of coffee and tip me $10.00 which I have to share with the others. I'm very excited about becoming a coctail server and while surfing for help, I stumbled onto your website. IT IS AWESOME!!! Your personality through your writing, is along the same lines as me. I am writing hoping for some guidance if at all possible. As informative as your website has been, what else can I do to prepare for this job? I'm becoming very very nervous because people are warning me about the girls and how "diva-like" they are and will really try to intimidate me and I'm just trying to do this job and make the most money to create a life for my little boys and myself. Again, I'm not sure if you are even able or would be willing to help me however, I would be most appreciative of any advice you can pass my way.

Have a great weekend and thanks in advance if you're able to respond to me.



Don't worry about the other girls.  I've been the new girl a lot, and I find it's best to keep my mouth shut for a couple of weeks and be cautiously friendly.  If one girl seems especially helpful, take advantage of that and ask her things like where exactly your station begins and ends (you do not want to accidentally serve in another girl's station as a new girl), rules about salt at the tables, when your break is, sidework, etc.  Find a friendly bartender, tip him well, and ask him what the beers and wines are, ask him what alcohols are on which gun so that you can call your drinks without him having to switch guns, and write it all down on the back of your pad so you don't have to keep asking.  Since you have no experience cocktailing, you'll probably be nervous when you get your first order and you're in front of the bartender with girls lining up behind you, waiting impatiently for you to get your drinks.  Just relax, get yourself together before you go up there, and do the best you can.  Save some of the pages with your orders, and when you have time, ask the bartender how you should call the drinks most efficiently.  When you take your break, sit with the girls and bartenders so they can get to know you and not think you're snubbing them if you sit by yourself, but don't give out too much personal information.  It's a lot of work to fit in and to work well with others, but after a few weeks you'll be a pro.  Good luck!

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