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Tipping @ Drink?

erinire Mar 27, 2009 02:18 PM

So I went to Drink for the first time last weekend, and I had a great time! The bartender was a little... intense... but she made some seriously phenomenal cocktails. When our bill came, though, I was faced with a dilemma! The standard "dollar-a-drink" tip hardly seems appropriate, given the elbow grease that goes into each one, but tipping 20% on the bill (as I would at a restaurant) seemed a touch overblown. What do you guys think? How much do you tip, at Drink?

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  1. StriperGuy RE: erinire Mar 27, 2009 02:20 PM

    I usually tip bar tenders 20%.

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      barleywino RE: StriperGuy Mar 27, 2009 03:50 PM

      especially when the bartender is like your own personal chef

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      iloveporkbelly RE: erinire Mar 27, 2009 02:22 PM

      I'm guessing Misty was your bartender. She rocks. I always go with at least 20% wherever I go unless I am just grabbing beers at a busy bar. If you are sitting at the bar and receiving great service, 20% is justified. Just my 2 cents. Plus good tipping never hurts you if you plan to be a regular.

      1. ScubaSteve RE: erinire Mar 27, 2009 02:32 PM

        i agree, 20%.

        1. jgg13 RE: erinire Mar 27, 2009 02:50 PM

          As much as I loathe "tip inflation", at places like this I almost alwyas leave at least 20 and usually in the 25-35 range.

          Note that by "place like this" I don't just mean a place that serves liquor drinks, but a place where the bartenders are knowledgeable, crafting the drink with care, etc. Just because some dufus can put some booze into a shaker and pour it doesn't earn them anything beyond the "dollar a drink" mantra - but folks like the ones at Drink, ESK, Green Street etc etc definitely deserve it.

          1. yarm RE: erinire Mar 27, 2009 03:09 PM

            Not sure a dollar a drink is standard save for when the drinks are $5-6 or less, especially when the work involved is popping a bottle cap or pouring a pint.

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            1. re: yarm
              hotoynoodle RE: yarm Mar 29, 2009 12:56 PM

              maybe my math is fuzzy, but $1 on $5 is 20%. now, where in boston are drinks $5?

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              9lives RE: erinire Mar 28, 2009 04:03 PM

              According to Ms 9, who's usually up on these things and often comped, standard is a $1 for a draft beer at a downscale/midrange place, $1.50 for a wine pour, $2 for a mixed drink. These are not hard rules but general minimums...to not appear to be a cheap crud.

              20% seems appropriate for a place like Drink.

              If you frequent a place, 20% + might work to your benefit. The men and women who work behind the bar tend to remember their more generous patrons (and less generous) and a few extra $ thrown their way can have it's benefits to you as the customer.

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                ScubaSteve RE: 9lives Mar 28, 2009 05:06 PM


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                  kate used to be 50 RE: ScubaSteve Mar 29, 2009 01:10 PM

                  and another vote for 20%

              2. MC Slim JB RE: erinire Mar 29, 2009 11:46 AM

                I tip bartenders like servers: 20% for good service, more for extraordinary effort.


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