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How much do you tip at bars?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by funk_engineer, Apr 20, 2004.


  1. I'm a fairly new bar-goer in the USA, and I'm wondering about tipping. How much do you tip on mixed drinks, shots, and beer? Do you tip after every drink, or before you leave, or what?

    I feel weird tipping a bloke for just opening a bottle of beer and handing it to me from behind the bar, but I don't want to stiff the guy.
     
  2. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    ...more than the people around me, depending on service. I like to tip after the first few to set the tone (in other words, I'm not a jerk please don't spit in my tequila), then maybe I'll just hand the bartender a larger one at the end. OTOH, I hardly ever go to bars anymore so what do I know.
     
  3. Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Banned

    Jan 7, 2004
    Detroit, michigan
    Depends on the situation, who i'm with, how drunk i am. I'm not really a big fan of bars (i just turned 21 back in june too) surpisenly. If me and friends are at a table and we run of up a tab then of course we tip. If i go up to the bar and just order 1 beer, there isn't a need for a tip because they really havn't done anything.
     
  4. Nothing, ever. I fail to understand the concept of tipping. I mean its not as if they don't get paid. It's not as if im cheap its just not the done thing here in Australia. Why should a customer reward someone for doing their job? It just doesnt make any sense...
     
  5. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Well, it is different in the US. Most waiter jobs pay next to nothing, 80-90% of their income is from tips.
     
  6. Wow I had no idea it was that low. Here bar tenders have pretty well paying jobs.
     
  7. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    I usually give a dollar per round. If I'm just getting a draught I'll tip every other beer because while I know they live off tips (had a few bartender friends) pulling a beer isn't rocket science.

    A great mixed drink, however, is worth the tip. Usually bartenders will stop short-shotting you if you tip decent (we don't have digital readouts on the liquor like you Euromites do).
     

  8. Same here, but then we're from the same country and city :)

    Beer costs a lot when drinking out (I've found) so I'd rather not spend any more money, plus the fact that it's not heard of in Aus.
     
  9. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Depends on how long I've been there. Apparantly on my 21st birthday I was so far gone that I gave the guy in the bathroom that handed me a towel five bucks. :D
     
  10. At least a buck a round. 2 bucks for a big round.

    When in the USA tip regularly. This is a large part of waiters/bartenders/etc pay.

    I have heard that the work tip came from England and was an acronym for To Insure Promptness. Not sure if this is true, but if service is horrible or too slow I will not tip as well or at all.
     
  11. country_boy

    country_boy

    Apr 13, 2004
    Houghton, MI
     
  12. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    i'm a dirtbag...if it's a cute female, all beer is 5 bucks....they keep the change...if it's a non cute female, or a dude, they get a buck
     
  13. It sure ain't the bartender, unless they own the bar.

    By the way, this is called "rationalization."

    I try to tip well, if I know my bartenders (most of the time- I'm boring, I go to the same bars) a buck a round, whether that's 1-3 drinks.
     
  14. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    As a part time bartender, I can tell you that most of the wage is from tips. I pour a stronger drink if you tip. I will get you a beer faster if you tip. Will make your night in the pub much more fun if you tip.

    The best way to tip is to give a $5 or $10 bill tip on the 1st round so that they remember you, then a buck or two every once in a while.
     
  15. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    i try to to do this for the cool guy bartenders, but the ladies will get that 5 or 10 every time i want a drink...i'm horrible
     
  16. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    The bars I visited in Europe had the bottles upside down and clamped to the wall. The top of the bottle fit into a dispenser with a digital readout. The readout showed how much booze came out of the bottle.
     
  17. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ

    Dayum! That's gotta be an expensive night out! :eek: Unless you only have 2 drinks or something.
     
  18. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    i don't go out to drink very often, but when i do the tenders are going home happy that night ;)
     
  19. The female ones, with you...to the barracks... :meh:
     
  20. Eyescream

    Eyescream

    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    I'll tip a buck a round, generally; even if it's just me getting draughts at a bar. Mostly I just drink Guinness, and I'm really particular about how it's poured. If they do it right, they get tipped, if they don't, they get asked to do it right next time. :D