A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 05, 2016
“Vodka pays the bills”

"Vodka pays the bills” is a popular industry adage that has been printed on T-shirts. If one wants to have a successful bar, then a good supply of vodka is essential.

“I enjoy higher end wines and spirits but at the end of the day cheap vodka pays the bills” was posted on Twitter on February 22, 2011. “Vodka pays the bills for most companies, but bourbon is a heritage!” was posted on Twitter on October 19, 2013.

The expression became popular in 2014, along with the T-shirt from Cocktail Kingdom. “Just saw a t-shirt, ‘Vodka pays the bills.’ Hilarious” was posted on Twitter on July 16, 2014. Several vodka cocktails were given the name “Vodka Pays the Bills.”


Twitter
Nick Mottillo
‏@nickmottillo
@MissLindanBass I sell alcohol. I enjoy higher end wines and spirits but at the end of the day cheap vodka pays the bills.
10:16 AM - 22 Feb 2011

Twitter
FredMinnick
‏@FredMinnick
@whiskyguyrob Vodka pays the bills for most companies, but bourbon is a heritage!
10:09 AM - 19 Oct 2013

Twitter
Maverick Drinks
‏@MaverickDrinks
Just saw a t-shirt, “Vodka pays the bills.” Hilarious. (and then something like @vestal_vodka comes along that also tastes delicious) #TOTC
11:30 AM - 16 Jul 2014

Twitter
Jacob Briars
‏@vodkaprofessor
Just passed a guy in elevator @totc wearing a ‘Vodka Bores Me’ shirt while I’m in my #Vodka Pays the Bills Tshirt. Who’s on trend? #totc
5:24 PM - 17 Jul 2014
New Orleans, LA

The Alcohol Professor
HELLO, BARTENDERS. IT’S ME, VODKA.
Brian Petro | August 7, 2014
(...)
I am the people’s spirit! One third of all liquor sales in the United States are of Vodka. Like a good friend of mine said at Tales of the Cocktail, “Vodka pays the bills.” People stick with the things they know, and people have known me for decades.

Twitter
Scott Stanfield
‏@seesharp
“vodka pays the bills”, says every craft cocktail barkeep.
12:07 PM - 16 Sep 2014

Cask Strength
Happy Vodka Day
Posted on 10/03/2014
(...)
If you have chosen a career in the branch of the hospitality business that deals in drinks, you should know that vodka is 32% of American spirit sales. If you don’t enjoy reading stats-packed trade journals, I would point you to Don Lee and the creation of the very true T-shirt “vodka pays the bills.”

Twitter
Mooneclipser#TeamAsh
‏@JaneGrafham
@BruceBurnNotice cheese & bacon bison burger with ‘vodka pays the bills’ (passion fruit & pineapple) lovely but restaurant was too hot!
7:39 PM - 28 Mar 2015

SF Weekly (San Francisco, CA)
Monday Five: Hog & Rocks’ New Brunch, WaPo Calls S.F. No. 2 Food City
Posted By Peter Lawrence Kane @WannaCyber on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 12:15 PM
(...)
There are new cocktails, too, including the spectacularly named Vodka Pays the Bills (vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, pomegranate, and lemon).
Hog & Rocks, 3431 19th St., 415-550-8627 or hogandrocks.com

Twitter
PiDGiN Restaurant
‏@pidginvancouver
feature drink - Vodka Pays the Bills / vodka, almond milk, chartreuse, orange flower water, cherries / #pidgindrinks
7:20 PM - 16 Jul 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, August 05, 2016 • Permalink