Tipping: No, it’s not a city in China. It’s probably the single most important aspect of a bartenders job. Tips make up the majority of a bartenders income — in a lot of cases, up to 90 percent. However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that tipping is also the customers most powerful tool when dealing with a bartender. That being said, let me explain how you, as the customer, can have the power, as opposed to losing it all to the bartender.

First of all, there’s something that most people aren’t aware of that needs to be told. It’s safe to say that we all hate to see that chunk of money that Uncle Sam takes out of that greatly-needed paycheck. Well, bartenders aren’t any different. However, since we don’t hand the IRS a chunk of our nightly take, we are taxed on our sales. For example, in the state of California, bartenders are taxed on 8 percent. So, if you tip less than that eight percent, essentially that bartender is paying to serve you.

As a customer, you need to know that first impressions last with a bartender. If you tip that bartender well off the bat, you can insure not only great service, but a great drink. Hell, maybe the bartender will buy you a drink or two. However, you don’t tip, you lose all the power. When you stiff a bartender, don’t count on speedy service, don’t count on a good drink and don’t count on the bartender EVER buying you one. The fact of the matter is, if there are no other tipping customers to wait on, a bartender will resort to washing glasses, cutting fruit, anything to keep them from attending to your cheap ass!

So, now that I’ve covered “the basics” of tipping, I hope you’ll take this knowledge and have a great time the next time you’re out. Let me leave you with this, the fastest way to a bartenders heart, not to mention a great drink, is your tip.

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