When ordering from a bar and sitting elsewhere, do so from out of arms-reach from others who are sitting at the bar. This reduces the opportunity for others to reach out and grab your tip.
This is not necessary if you never leave cash attended, which is the preferred practice.
― calstars, Sunday, 13 January 2019 19:15 (two years ago) link
Yeah I think in that situation I would either be running a tab (in which case I will tip upon settling up), handing over a card (in which case I will tip on the receipt) or handing over something like the right amount of cash (and suggesting that the change should be kept).
Not sure what barfly mechanics would entail my leaving cash within the reach of other patrons.
Further, if I'm ordering from the bar but not sitting at it, it's likely that the bar is so crowded that there IS no place out of arm's reach.
― Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 13 January 2019 20:16 (two years ago) link
Sometimes you can’t help but be served by two bartenders. Sometimes there’s just no other option. In these cases you just have to roll with the punches and forgive however many lost buybacks you will miss.
― calstars, Friday, 26 April 2019 21:51 (two years ago) link
if they care they close your tab when they're going off shift surely
― findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 26 April 2019 21:53 (two years ago) link
Stupid Mexican beer in a pint glass with a lime slice on the lip drinking tip: rotate the lime a half turn every few draughts and sip from there
― calstars, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 19:35 (two years ago) link
Or you could just squeeze the lime into the beer and leave it there
― mitt the hoopla (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 19:37 (two years ago) link
I had to completely refactor my mental calculus when drinking (or eating dinner) in Manhattan because the idea of separate checks or the wait staff splitting the check just does not compute. I mean, fair enough, I'm a traveler in a strange land, I must learn the ways. But it also explains why Venmo took off like crazy in NYC more than other places -- you're constantly having to send your friends cash because they got the tab!
― mh, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 19:50 (two years ago) link
so I guess I'd recommend paying per drink when sitting at the bar with a chum to make it easier, or carrying enough cash to just divvy up the bill. Or just buy the drinks and give the person you'll never see again a "you can get it next time!" wink
― mh, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 19:51 (two years ago) link
Keep in mind: mixed drinks don’t have a set alcohol content
― calstars, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:16 (one year ago) link
When paying in small denominations, lay the cash out in separate piles for the drink and the tip
― calstars, Sunday, 22 September 2019 16:43 (one year ago) link
When finished with a can, crush it slightly to let the bartender know what’s up
― calstars, Sunday, 22 September 2019 18:00 (one year ago) link
If there are multiple bartenders and there is one you favorite, don’t be afraid to tell the others if you’re approached that you’re “good” with a wave of the hand. Then just be patient til you can order with your preferred.
― calstars, Sunday, 20 October 2019 02:33 (one year ago) link
One way to hit on a bartender is to say, “buy you a drink?”
― calstars, Saturday, 26 October 2019 01:21 (one year ago) link
An experienced server (one that’s probably worth your time) will tip cash face down. When you collect your change, leave the bills for the tip face up.
― June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:35 (one year ago) link
what is this nonsense
― -_- (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:45 (one year ago) link
servers must fucking hate you
barfly best practice: run a tab, pay once, when you leave, tip 20-25%. fin.
― -_- (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:46 (one year ago) link
does the alcohol go in the mouth or can it be drank another way
― Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Saturday, 23 November 2019 01:09 (one year ago) link
― brownie, Saturday, 23 November 2019 02:43 (one year ago) link
I don't get this leaving cash out on the bar.
Yeah, if it's a tip, but keep it in your pocket otherwise.
― pplains, Saturday, 23 November 2019 03:11 (one year ago) link
Keep in mind — from a bartender’s perspective, there’s nothing more useless than a patron commenting on the music.
― calstars, Friday, 3 January 2020 22:04 (one year ago) link
ugh, nice newer bar and this group came in and they all are sitting, not waiting in a line. and two are doing the “holding cash up to get service” move. ok, it’s a small space and they are servicing _your group_ from left to right. you are the only people this guy is serving. and the guy near me has money in hand and singles on the bar in front of him, in some passive aggressive “this is the tip” move. and when he is about to be served, he puts those singles back in his walletdiiiiiiieeee
― babu frik fan account (mh), Saturday, 4 January 2020 06:35 (one year ago) link
If the tables are wobbly, place your drink in the middle
― calstars, Saturday, 11 January 2020 01:50 (one year ago) link
If the drinks are wobbly, place your
― papa stank (Neanderthal), Saturday, 11 January 2020 02:01 (one year ago) link
came here to post the same video as brownie upthread
― doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 10 February 2020 10:56 (one year ago) link
When paying with a card at a new place, provide the most exclusive plastic (or metal) that you can. This may lead to better service and customer prioritization in anticipation of a large tip.
― calstars, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 23:12 (ten months ago) link
rich people are bad tippers so this probably won't work
― Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 23:14 (ten months ago) link
my wife got a 10% tip from one of the countries wealthiest real estate developers/art patrons
― Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 23:15 (ten months ago) link
― solo scampito (mh), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 23:47 (ten months ago) link
this thread makes going to the bar seem like going to the soup nazi
― brimstead, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 23:51 (ten months ago) link
“When in groups of 5 or multiples of 7, make sure to all sit on the same side on the booth and throw 8 five dollars bills folded into airplanes towards the bartender every 24 1/2 minutes”
― brimstead, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 23:53 (ten months ago) link
also know the code name for your drink. calling it by its real name is an insult
― muntjac wagner (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 23:54 (ten months ago) link
― Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 23:56 (ten months ago) link
Assuming the bartender is busy, lower your cost per hour at the bar by bringing a thermos or flask from home
― calstars, Monday, 24 August 2020 21:56 (ten months ago) link
PROTIP: Don't go to a bar during COVID
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 24 August 2020 22:43 (ten months ago) link
Sometimes a big tip is necessary to alert a new or unfamiliar bartender that you’re “worthy” of buybacks. So if there’s someone new behind the bar, be generous and look forward to the next time for reciprocation.
― calstars, Sunday, 27 September 2020 22:00 (eight months ago) link
Just stand in one place and drink until you fall over
― calstars, Sunday, 1 November 2020 23:42 (seven months ago) link
If it’s busy, and you score a good spot or table: to deter squatters, order doubles, and have a spare drink on the table at all times
― calstars, Sunday, 14 February 2021 18:35 (four months ago) link
how is that not a dick move
― brimstead, Sunday, 14 February 2021 19:58 (four months ago) link
If it’s crowded, place your half empty drink in clear view of the bartender so that it’s clearly visible when they make their rounds. This allows them to quickly assess, together with a nod on your part, that you’re in need of another round.
― calstars, Saturday, 27 February 2021 01:49 (three months ago) link
half empty? we only drink half?
― brimstead, Saturday, 27 February 2021 02:40 (three months ago) link
Drinking half is a dick move
― calstars, Saturday, 27 February 2021 02:42 (three months ago) link
Tip directly into the recipients hand / vision
You all stealin what’s not yours can gfy
― calstars, Monday, 1 March 2021 00:28 (three months ago) link
When arriving at the bar and verbally greeting the bouncer or bartender, volume is more important than content
― calstars, Saturday, 1 May 2021 21:44 (one month ago) link
strolls into doorway, screams "FUCK UP CUNT!!!" across the room, returns to outdoor seating and waits for preferred beverages to be fetched.
― bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Saturday, 1 May 2021 21:51 (one month ago) link
When paying cash and breaking a large bill, if you have enough for a tip in small bills, give that to the bartender when he gives you your change. This precludes the never-graceful “let me give you a tip from the change” interaction
― calstars, Sunday, 2 May 2021 17:56 (one month ago) link
Don’t creep or hit on the staff
― calstars, Saturday, 5 June 2021 20:25 (two weeks ago) link