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Las Vegas venues charging service, venue fees on drinks

October 25, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Multiple dayclubs and nightclubs on the Strip have said they enforce service fees on drink orders.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the fee is placed on table or bar service and is used to cover additional costs including maintenance.

American Nightlife Association chairman Juan Carlos Diaz says it is unclear if cities other than Las Vegas have the fee.

Founder of tourism website Access Vegas Ted Newkirk says, “It’s like a sales tax, but doesn’t go to the state, doesn’t go to server.”

Newkirk says the fees have been around for years but are beginning to gain the attention of residents and visitors.

Newkirk says the fee doesn’t appear to be a property-mandated charge, and instead falls under third-party operators at certain venues.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com