Today, however, one Korean friend tells me, “Korean guys just suck at talking to girls and don’t want to waste any time, so they just pay for the process.”But if you ask me, booking is just about trying to find out how fast you can make out with a girl as soon as she lands at your table.That was my impression, at least, of this when I went to a booking club in LA’s Koreatown last Friday night.Imagine a nightclub where it is never a sausage fest—where there are at least seven beautiful women to every dude, and where those lovely ladies magically sit right next to you at your table, eager to mingle without you even having to get out of your seat.
It’s a courtship ritual fueled by bottle service, plates of carved fruit, and colossal tips that are passed off to your server.
’s practice of using a matchmaker to find you a partner that was at your exact same social status.
Our party went even further by tipping an extra $40 on top of that, because we found out that the more you tip, the more women your server will bring—or that is the understanding between you and your server, at least.
We were seated in a corner booth in the colosseum-style space, and then things immediately started getting weird.
If your party is over five people, there is a two-bottle-minimum.
I like, I found myself at the most mainstream booking nightclub, located in the heart of the three-mile-long neighborhood. I showed up to the club and got in because one friend had made a reservation via Yelp.The ambiance inside the spacious nightclub was one that I’d come to expect at a place that offers bottle service.There were about 50 white booths but only a handful of them were filled at 11 PM.There were laser lights, a fog machine, a dance floor, and a DJ playing nothing but Drake and top-20 dance hits from the last two decades.The going rate for those two bottles—one Johnnie Walker Black and one Grey Goose—is 0.On top of this, you are obligated to tip at least 30 percent.