I realize I’m pushing my luck here putting this in the “travel” category, though I’d be curious to hear if this normal. I stayed at the Andaz West Hollywood this past weekend and met a couple of friends for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the area (which shall remain nameless till my trip report), not just for the great food, but even more so for the ambiance.
We only decided to eat here day of, which happened to be the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. We could only get a reservation for 11PM. Yeah, we’re total wankers for having dinner at 11PM, but I was so jetlagged that I could’ve had breakfast, lunch, or dinner at any hour of the day and not known the difference.
Anyway, the food was excellent as always, though the service was a bit off. As the waiter brought out drinks he admitted he was a little drunk (at first I thought he was kidding, though obviously not).
Seated immediately next to us was a couple, and after about 15 minutes a guy sat down literally right next to one of my dining companion on the booth (as it was a long booth with separate tables), visibly drunk with another drink in hand. He was seated maybe six inches from him with his back turned to my friend, talking obnoxiously loudly to the couple.
After sitting there talking for about 30 minutes he left with the couple and apparently took quite a bit off the bill based on his communication with the waiter. I was surprised to hear he worked there, though we couldn’t help but ask our waiter who he was. As it turns out he was the general manager.
So there ya have it, a drunk GM and a drunk waiter. Then again, at 11PM in West Hollywood, I guess that’s kind of to be expected… maybe?