how not to be an asshole | vegas etiquette lessons from a local

Hey folks, hope all is well. Today, let’s discuss some general Vegas etiquette guidelines that always get on my nerves when I’m out and about.

This isn’t about me being a judge-y bitch as much as it is about remembering our manners when we’re, hmm, not at our finest level of sobriety. Or maybe you’re one of the individuals that thinks courtesies don’t exist in Vegas. Well, guess what, I’m here to tell you that THEY. DO.

So let’s begin…If you have any points that I missed or you find me to just be a self-indulgent, judge-y bitch, let me know! : D

1) HOW WE TREAT OUR SERVERS/BARTENDERS/RESORT & CASINO WORKERS

welcome to vegas…don’t be an asshole

This is listed first because I believe it to be thee most important. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve witnessed customers being entitled assholes (drunk AND sober). Every single time it does not get them anywhere quickly. Plus, it’s a bad look. It’s so necessary to be patient – it’s usually not front of house staff’s fault. Your server has multiple, demanding tables and your bartender usually has a packed bar. And come ON…this is a TWENTY-FOUR HOUR town. You will get your vodka and your steak, BE PATIENT. These people aren’t here to wait on you hand and foot. Like I always say, if you’re waiting in a line – you are not special. 

I will continue to call people out for being assholes to the people who are only trying to help them have a good time and move on with their day. Yes it’s probably dangerous for me to be mouthing off to random people. No I won’t stop because I feel strongly about this.

When dealing with any of the people who are helping to facilitate your night remember to smile, be nice and have patience because their job is actually really difficult and they don’t need another drunk asshole yelling at them. It doesn’t hurt you to help them out.

And let’s touch on the people working at the hotels. They also have a stressful job and the least we can do is smile and be courteous. Also don’t trash your hotel room. That’s a real bad look. At least clean up after yourself and don’t cause a mess that’s beyond repair. Come on you’re an adult (you have to be to rent a room here) and I know y’all can treat semi-public property with some respect.

2) HOW WE TREAT WOMEN IN A BAR/CLUB

ain’t no crying (or harassing) in the club, hey hey

I know there will be some men out there that complain that this is a biased topic. Yes, random men, you are correct but guess what – I don’t care. Mine and my friends’ personal experiences are enough to warrant this call out. And if you get upset about this one, maybe you’re feeling guilty. IDK ANYWAY…

There is a right way to approach us in a club and there is a very, VERY wrong way. A friendly hello is great and while you’re at it, strike up a conversation. But nothing too in depth we are in a loud night club. IMPORTANT: TOUCHING IS NOT INVOLVED IN THIS STEP. AT ALL. 

You SHOULD NOT be grabbing the ass or any other body part as you walk by.

We do NOT have to come sit at your table or go back to your hotel room.

If I say I do not want you to buy me a drink, then I DO NOT want you to buy me a drink. Let it go, bro.

I was actually SHOCKED when I had a conversation with a guy in a bar recently and he did NOT try to touch me or make a move. Repeat, I only talked to a guy and it was surprising and refreshing. (Yes I’m calling out all the men that think three minutes of chit-chat should equal a hook up. Ain’t gonna happen buddy. Move on.)

Trust me, I understand how difficult it is for men in general lately. Lotsss of walking on egg shells when dealing with the opposite sex. Every lady is different in terms of what she finds “too aggressive” and I’m just trying to provide a general guideline of how to behave. Which is exactly why this one is short.

3) HOW WE TREAT OUR FRIENDS

friends!

Look, I’m not here to tell you how to live your life, but I witnessed something last summer that has stuck with me even still today. The day before EDC Day 1, we went to Encore Beach Club at Night to see Diplo. It was a ton of fun and near 2:30am, we decided it was time for post drinking tacos #questionable. As we left the club and walked back into the hotel, we saw one girl passed out on the floor all by herself. In the middle of the casino. Immediately, I went into “mom mode” and knew we had to help her.

She was trashed. We’re talking vomit all over herself trashed. And she also happened to be a tourist.  After unlocking her phone with her help, we were glad to see her friends were texting her. We called one of them right away and after she picked up the phone we told her where her friend was, what kind of shape she was in and that if they didn’t come get her now, the staff was going to take her into custody. Yes, like hotel police custody.

Her friend’s response….”Oh, well, I don’t know where that is. What am I supposed to do about it.” in thee most apathetic tone. I WAS LIVID. THIS IS NOT A FRIEND.

I’m not sure how long we sat with her until one of her crew finally came to get her. I could not believe how terrible it all was.

So this is my soapbox to say, be a friend. Take care of your friends when they need it because if they are real friends they will do the same for you. Especially, ESPECIALLY if y’all are in a strange town partying. There are a lot of people that come through here that don’t want good things for you and they prey on people who look like they are less than sober. Human trafficking is a very real thing. Imagine if someone else had found her?

Be aware, stick together. Like COME ON. Please?

4) HOW WE TIP

dinner views come with a price

Money is obviously a sensitive subject, so let’s make this brief. For me, this goes back to how you treat your servers, bartenders and housekeepers. Tipping is a huge thing here and it’s how many people pay the bills. I always say “if you can afford to go out, you can afford to tip well.”

Now obviously, if you have shitty service you probably don’t need to go above and beyond with your tipping. But I think we can sum this up with “Don’t be an asshole.”

5) HOW WE SHOW UP 

Believe it or not this is a classy establishment and there can be a dress code in many places on The Strip, Downtown and around town. I’ll be going depth on the dress code in a later post, but it’s important to mention now. Places you will find a dress code include night clubs, day clubs, some restaurants and some cocktail lounges. Most websites will mention if there is one and what is in compliance. So if you have questions, do some quick Googling beforehand. As a general rule of thumb, looking put together never hurts. Something to keep in mind.

6) HOW WE TREAT LAS VEGAS ITSELF

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This is our city and, if you’re open to it, it’s a fucking magical place. We’ve been through a lot in the last few months and we don’t want that to prevent anyone from coming to enjoy all the great things we have to offer. Remember, this is a functioning city that takes actual people to keep it running. It’s the place we love and call home. As long as our visitors respect that, we are more than ready to welcome you.

Viva Las Fucking Vegas ❤

Author: Jess

Las Vegas local / writer, creator, festival goer, explorer, marketer, promoter, special event & experience curator

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