While for many restaurants—and countries—we live in a post-tipping era, bartenders often rely on tips to make a livable wage. As the standards of tipping etiquette have become somewhat less clear, we asked bartenders what they wish customers knew about tipping for their alcoholic beverages…aside from “please do it,” of course.
1. Tipping big early on won’t necessarily get you better service.
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“I’ve heard a lot of bartenders say you can’t buy their attention or affection with a big tip,” one New York server told me. “Sometimes people drop a major tip at the beginning of the night to get an ‘in,’ but a busy bar is a busy bar.”