Now I dont know if you are aware of it, but Los Angeles in the 1960s and the 1970s was famous for being an epicenter of the rock and roll music industry as well as having a reputation for having lots of sex and drugs. I know this may be a surprise to you given how chaste Los Angeles is today but its true, that was its reputation back then.
I am personally a big fan of infrastructure and procedure. How did people get from place to place, how did they get those drugs we famously hear about? Further, how did they get their companies to pay for them and still be able to write them off on their taxes. So this little story is intended to explain some of that. The story comes from a friend who was in the music business at the time and everyone will remain nameless in order to protect the guilty. This all comes second hand to me, I was no where near what is described here.
It was part of his job to entertain people in the music business. These people could be other executives, producers, managers, and of course the bands themselves. As part of his job as host he also provided cocaine for the bands in the normal course of business. Apparently back in the 1970s when you were a known person in the industry this was not so hard to do. He would just go to lunch with the band or whomever at the Palm and order several bottles of $600.00 champagne and of course when the bill came he would pick it up and expense it to the company as he was expected to. Except some of those bottles of champagne would not be bottles of champagne at all but 1/4 ounces of coke, or whatever $600 would buy back then, as provided by the bar. It was not clear to me whether this was an independent service of the bartender or whether it was actually a service the restaurant sponsored in an unofficial manner, but it doesn't really matter as long as he could get the proper receipts so that deductions could be made and properly accounted for. Supposedly he had an (unofficial) $20,000 / month budget from the record company for entertainment purposes.