A cocktail waitress is a female server who brings drinks to patrons of drinking establishments such as bars, cocktail lounges, casinos, comedy clubs, jazz clubs, cabarets, and other live music venues. Casinos traditionally dress their cocktail waitresses in fancy outfits with very short skirts and pantyhose or fishnet stockings, while less flashy establishments may require waitstaff attire. Playboy Bunnies are a famous example of the profession. In the United States, cocktail waitresses are common in casino towns like Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and Reno.
- 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.
- Susan Chandler (2011). Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places. ILR Press. p. 41. ISBN 0801450144.
- 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.