We used to work an oddly lucrative, cash-in-hand manual labor job out in the middle of nowhere. Every two weeks we’d travel three hours to the nearest city to hang out with our assorted unemployed friends and various hangers on. We’d start the night getting a round of drinks, and as we got drunker and drunker, we’d pull huge clutches of bills out of our pockets, like leaves from a gutter, and throw them down on the table, demanding those without a drink to order up a fresh one. Didn’t save a lot of money that year.
Where she presides: Bar XII, Kips Bay Favorite drink: Red wine
I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you for customers. I guess I couldn’t even tell you for myself. It depends where I’m going.
Where he presides: Spitzer’s Corner, LES Favorite drink: Young’s Double Chocolate
Ha — I’m probably not the person to ask — I’ve only been here for two shifts. So, about $20 so far. Actually, it’ll probably be those guys down there [points to three men in green shirts — for St. Patrick’s Day, no doubt — sitting at the end of the bar]. When I worked as a bartender in Wyoming, it was around $400. It was just three people drinking beer and wine. $400 is a lot of beer and wine for three people.
Where she presides: Jack O’Neill’s, Greenpoint Favorite drink: Absolut Ruby Red Seabreeze
I used to work at a bar in the Meatpacking District, where everything is massively overpriced — people ordering bottles and that sort of thing. I had someone there order two bottles of Cristal — which is like $550 a bottle. It was funny. When I first went over to their table I thought they were sort of white trash. Then they ordered the two bottles. But I feel like Cristal isn’t even really that good, it just has a big reputation as a “thing” to order. That was probably the biggest bar tab I’ve had — just three people with two bottles of Cristal doing it up.
Where he presides: Schiller’s Liquor Bar, LES Favorite drink: Hot chocolate
I’m trying to remember my days working back at Balthazar and Pastis. There you’d get tabs of like $3,000 or $4,000. Of course, things are so expensive over there that it’s not really the same thing. A lot of it was people with nice wine — you order a couple of bottles of Krug and you’re halfway there.
Where she presides: Johnny Utah’s, Midtown Favorite drink: Doesn’t have one
It was something like $1,200. It was for a customer, not me. [Laughs.] I wish I had that kind of money.