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When did club table bookings become so pricy?

By: Natasha Archary

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When did club table bookings become so pricy? This was the question one of the listeners posed because she was fed up with establishments requiring a R10 000 minimum spend on a table for a night out.

Thomas and Skhumba couldn’t relate to the big spenders at clubs, who enjoy splurging on slay queens with bottle services that sometimes hits a couple of hundred thousands.

Listeners shared their budgets with the Kaya Drive duo, and were not ashamed of having a cut off on what they spend for a night out.

For Juliet Joseph, a budget of R150 when she goes out with friends covers either a starter or a meal. The rest takes care of itself according to the Kaya 959 traffic presenter.

But, when you’re a gentleman, the expectation is that you have to cover the costs on a night out. Like Thomas attempted to do when he took his lady friend out for drinks at a Pretoria establishment.

Only to find that the minimum cover for the table was R20 K. That’s right, R20 000.

Keep in mind though, that minimum spends don’t include tax and tip.

“We left immediately after I heard R20 000 for the table.”

Thomas shared that his budget on a night out is R5 000 and said he would not ever veer from that.

But why did club table bookings become so pricy?

Clubs and bars that want to have an elite, upmarket vibe will have designated VIP areas or lounges, and these sections are usually roped off and booked in advance.

This offers big spenders a more exclusive experience which comes with bottle service, which means those seated in these lounges or tables don’t have to get up and go to the bar for a drink.

Instead, their drinks orders are brought to their tables by the bottle by sexily dressed ladies, again to elevate the overall experience of the night out.

Because of these sections within clubs and bars, costs for other tables also get marked up to cater to a more sophisticated clientele.

Listen to the conversation on Kaya Drive:

Also read: “I am the only unmarried one amongst my close circle of friends.” : The Blind Spot

Written by: Natasha



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