Admirals Club Drink Cut-Off

Old Feb 24, 22, 2:23 pm
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
it's self service in the crappier lounges. I've certainly never gotten my own drink at at a good first class lounge.
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A shame-- I personally poured myself some very nice Champagnes (and Scotch, and Sake/Shochu, etc.) at Flagship Lounges, Galleries First in LHR and Sakura First in NRT/HND. Highly recommended if you ever get the chance...
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Old Feb 24, 22, 2:27 pm
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Originally Posted by worldwidedreamer View Post
For what it is worth, Alaska Lounges have a three drink limit often enforced. But at least they tend to have nice drinks!
No problem there. 3 Alaska Amber Ales = 6 coors lights I would sucking down at an AC.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 2:34 pm
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Originally Posted by MasterPlanner View Post
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A shame-- I personally poured myself some very nice Champagnes (and Scotch, and Sake/Shochu, etc.) at Flagship Lounges, Galleries First in LHR and Sakura First in NRT/HND. Highly recommended if you ever get the chance...
And come to think of it same here... the Swiss F lounge in ZRH... wonderful Perrier Jouet Rosť... the LH F lounges in MUC and FRA... Galleries F in LHR (thought they do have a bar in the restaurant section)
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Old Feb 24, 22, 2:39 pm
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
it's self service in the crappier lounges. I've certainly never gotten my own drink at at a good first class lounge.
What good "first class" lounge have you been to lately?
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Old Feb 24, 22, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
it's self service in the crappier lounges. I've certainly never gotten my own drink at at a good first class lounge.
I've put away some seriously good self-pour champagne and spirits in various business class and first class lounges, including JW Blue in an LH FC Lounge in either JFK or EWR. While somewhat overrated, I definitely wouldn't call it low-end.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Catbert10 View Post
I've put away some seriously good self-pour champagne and spirits in various business class and first class lounges, including JW Blue in an LH FC Lounge in either JFK or EWR. While somewhat overrated, I definitely wouldn't call it low-end.
Well, to each their own. JW Blue is not my favorite but I understand that people like it. When that's the scotch they have in F I usually ask them to bring me something from the back (I much prefer black or double black to blue if I'm drinking blends). I've actually rarely (never?) had really good scotch on a plane, even in F. Most airlines seem to think that JW Blue is it. Given the quality and priciness of the wine and champagne they serve (which I don't drink) it would be nice to see a Macallan 25 or a Balvenie 30 or something of that quality. I do recall having some better scotch in lounges but my memory is fuzzy and I'm not sure where it what it was. I vaguely recall that one of the CX F lounges in HKG (I can never remember which is which, and I've only been to one of them) had something quite good but they did not have it on board. But then again my memory might be off on this one.

But what F lounge makes you pour your own? That should be strictly business class and credit card entry type lounges. Yes, I've also done some generous self-pouring at those lounges, but that's not the point. In a "real" F lounge I expect service (and it's always been the norm wherever I've been). I'm surprised that the F LH lounge in JFK does that. I've never been there so I can't comment.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
But what F lounge makes you pour your own? That should be strictly business class and credit card entry type lounges. Yes, I've also done some generous self-pouring at those lounges, but that's not the point. In a "real" F lounge I expect service (and it's always been the norm wherever I've been). I'm surprised that the F LH lounge in JFK does that. I've never been there so I can't comment.
Off the top of my head, Galleries First and Concorde lounges have self-pour champagne. IIRC, the CX First lounges in HKG had self-pour champagne. Qantas F at LAX had some self-pour wines. It's been a while but I believe Qantas F in SYD did too. I think the CX F lounge in LHR had self-pour. As I mentioned above, the LH F Lounge in JFK had self-pour. I think you're picturing an either/or when in fact self-pour and bar service are both offered in a lot of F lounges.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 4:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Catbert10 View Post
Off the top of my head, Galleries First and Concorde lounges have self-pour champagne. IIRC, the CX First lounges in HKG had self-pour champagne. Qantas F at LAX had some self-pour wines. It's been a while but I believe Qantas F in SYD did too. I think the CX F lounge in LHR had self-pour. As I mentioned above, the LH F Lounge in JFK had self-pour. I think you're picturing an either/or when in fact self-pour and bar service are both offered in a lot of F lounges.
Qantas F at LAX had the self-pour Champagne on ice at the Lounge check-in desk.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 5:17 pm
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I had quite forgotten this - I have been spoilt in the Flagship First where you serve yourself. Not the Champagne which was offered on entry in MIA - but certainly elsewhere. I was so pleased not to have some sourpuss barman look disdainfully at the vouchers that we had as part of OneWorld knowing that they would not be tipped. Probably you were cut off as you didn't either? (I am being somewhat sarcastic at what I regard as ridiculous in an airline lounge - but maybe Americans prefer to be served rather than serve themselves?
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Old Feb 24, 22, 5:23 pm
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Reminds me of the very drunk person I saw at a lounge complaining that he wasnít drunk he only had two drinks in the club in the last hour. maybe thatís true but he obviously been pre-drinking and Iím sorry the bartenders are within their rights


Complain if you want but itís not good my to do any good the bartenders have the right to cut you off if they believe you had too many and for some people one drink an hour is not a problem- for others it put some over the top. And some of you who claim your not affected- trust me you are.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 5:29 pm
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Not that it makes it right, but I wonder if OP wasn't tipping for the drinks and the staff there was having a bad day.
I really hope this wasn't the reason. Restaurant/Hospitality workers in CA make $15/hr + tips. Even on a slow day I'm sure this bartender averages $20+/hr. Just a few years ago after I graduated college I worked in upscale restaurants around Boston where we made $2.63/hr + tips. This bartender should be sacked immediately if they're cutting people off for not tipping. Tipping is a gesture *not* a requirement. A bartender is out of line cutting someone off for not tipping. I hope the OP reports this bartender.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 5:51 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyFreakquently View Post
Has anyone been cut off at the Admirals Club before? Had 3 drinks over 2 and a half hours and was told I was being cut off and that they "monitor alcohol consumption."

Seemed very strange. Lax T4.
at this point in this thread I suggest a slight shortening of the thread title to;

Admirals Club Drink Off
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Old Feb 24, 22, 7:20 pm
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
I had quite forgotten this - I have been spoilt in the Flagship First where you serve yourself. Not the Champagne which was offered on entry in MIA - but certainly elsewhere. I was so pleased not to have some sourpuss barman look disdainfully at the vouchers that we had as part of OneWorld knowing that they would not be tipped. Probably you were cut off as you didn't either? (I am being somewhat sarcastic at what I regard as ridiculous in an airline lounge - but maybe Americans prefer to be served rather than serve themselves?
Flagship F the sourpuss still serves you.

It's Flagship (J) you're after!
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Old Feb 24, 22, 9:15 pm
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Off the top of my head, Galleries First and Concorde lounges have self-pour champagne. IIRC, the CX First lounges in HKG had self-pour champagne. Qantas F at LAX had some self-pour wines. It's been a while but I believe Qantas F in SYD did too. I think the CX F lounge in LHR had self-pour. As I mentioned above, the LH F Lounge in JFK had self-pour. I think you're picturing an either/or when in fact self-pour and bar service are both offered in a lot of F lounges.
I've been to 2 of the lounges that you mention (Galleries F and one of the CX F in HKG) and I never remember seeing that. Maybe I missed it (I don't drink champagne anyway so it's not like I would give it a 2nd glance). I was certainly served my scotch though. You might be right about the false dichotomy.
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Old Feb 24, 22, 9:40 pm
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I watched the entire super bowl at the CLT lounge sitting around the bar. I had many more and in less time than you had. But, I tend to keep quiet while I drink. The folks sitting around me were much louder, and the bartender was more concerned with them.
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