For international travelers, familiarizing oneself with the norms and expectations of a country’s culture is key. But some culturally-specific courtesies can seem unintuitive—especially when it comes to money.
This can be particularly true at bars. Don’t tip enough and, at best, the bartender gets salty—at worst, you’re making a serious financial impact on someone’s night. Tipping too much can be equally disrespectful and, in some cases, put restaurant workers in an uncomfortable position.
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So what’s a tippling traveler to do? We consulted the new bar-Bible Where Bartenders Drink by Adrienne Stillman (Phaidon 2017) and talked to the author about tipping trends around the world.