Around here the standard payment seems to be $xxx and free drinks (usually bottled beer only) for the band. Here's where the problem lies... our lead singer and keyboardist are both recovering alcoholics who don't drink. I limit myself a great deal on drinking - 1 beer between sets, maybe 1 after the gig. Drummer same thing. Guitarist drinks a bit more after than I do, but still I bet we end up consuming 10 free beers maximum all night. Other bands are big party animals and will easily drink $150-$200 worth of beer. I think we should start negotiating for higher pay and 1/2 price drinks or even better higher pay yet and we buy our own drinks. What do the rest of you think about this policy?