Is it only me, or does anyone else get ripped off late at night in bars? I pulled in with a friend of mine last night to the bar at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills after a fabulous dinner at Il Grano in West Los Angeles for a late-night glass of Champagne, and we got totally fleeced.
Every time I have gone to a bar in Los Angeles and drunk Champagne I have been ripped off, not only overpaying for the drink, but having the waiters put on more than I wrote as the tip. Apparently this is very common in La-La, my friends tell me.
Of course, I am not expecting to have a glass of Champagne for a bargain in a place like the Peninsula. But $76 for two glasses of Laurent-Perrier Rosé seems sort of steep! It ended up at $98, according to my bank account online today. I swear I wrote $12 tip on the bill.
I called the Peninsula and tried to make a complaint but there was some lame message with the account department about sending a fax with your complaint. I am not going to spend the rest of the day screwing around with this for 10 bucks. But it still is not cool getting taken!
It was bad enough that I had to ask the waitress to take back our first two flutes. They were as flat as apple juice! Yes. She made a joke and came back with the new glasses. And then the rosé fizz was excellent. I am a big fan of Laurent-Perrier Rosé.
But in the end maybe it was all worth it? The upside is that my friend had a nice conversation with the titleholder of Belly Dancer Miss Universe. I am not joking either. She was totally legit. She gave him her card. I thought she would be a nice addition to his 430 spider!
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