Cocktail waitress

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A cocktail waitress serving drinks

A cocktail waitress is a female server who brings drinks to patrons of drinking establishments such as bars,[1] cocktail lounges, casinos,[1] comedy clubs, jazz clubs, cabarets, and other live music venues. Casinos traditionally dress their cocktail waitresses in fancy outfits with very short skirts[2] and pantyhose or fishnet stockings, while less flashy establishments may require waitstaff attire. Playboy Bunnies are a famous example of the profession.[3] In the United States, cocktail waitresses are common in casino towns like Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and Reno.


  1. ^ a b James P. Spradley (1975). The Cocktail Waitress: Woman'S Work In A Man's World. McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages. p. 2. ISBN 0075547643.
  2. ^ Susan Chandler (2011). Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places. ILR Press. p. 41. ISBN 0801450144.
  3. ^ Kathryn Leigh Scott (2011). The Bunny Years: The Surprising Inside Story of the Playboy Clubs: The Women Who Worked as Bunnies, and Where They Are Now. Gallery Books. p. 230. ISBN 1451663277.