Being the designated driver is a pretty thankless job - unless you consider your pals managing to puke in a bag as opposed to on your leather interior thanks enough. And if you've been DD, you've probably figured out that you don't get charged for your Diet Coke. But now select bars in California are offering something more; sign up for DDVIP (free!), flash your credentials, and you'll get an upgraded drink of choice like a ginger beer or one of those fancy, liquor-free mixed drinks that still manages to cost seven bucks on the menu. It's not available everywhere yet, but we can toast to the idea of this catching on.
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