If you’re accessing an American Admirals Club based on your status or fare paid (as opposed to accessing it with an Admirals Club membership or the American Express Platinum card), you’re supposed to get two drink coupons at the reception desk.
While American offers complimentary soft drinks, house wine, and beer, the coupons are for “premium” drinks. It’s also worth noting they’re only technically valid for the date and airport in which you’re given them.
If you’re like me and don’t drink (much), they’re not especially valuable on the surface. That being said, I recently found a use that almost always has me leaving the Admirals Club with a couple of drinks “to go.”
Specifically, the coupons are also valid for bottled water, bottled soda, Red Bull, and Naked Juice.
If I’m visiting an Admirals Club in the morning I’ll usually grab a bottle of water and Naked Juice. If I’m there in the afternoon I’ll usually grab a bottle of water and Diet Coke. And otherwise I’ll almost always just grab a couple of bottles of water. And while I don’t drink Red Bull the stuff isn’t cheap, so if you fly enough and drink a lot of Red Bull, you could probably satisfy your addiction solely by stocking up at Admirals Clubs.
Water is always useful for traveling, especially when you arrive at your hotel at midnight only to find the only water in the room is $6 per bottle.