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DBTH Poll Results: How to Tip?

DBTH asked, and you answered! Our recent poll on How to Properly Tip a Bartender drew over 400 votes (at last count) and a lot of attention from our friends at the Times (Hi Frank!), Grub Street and Eater. After 2 days of voting, almost 69% of you said that $1 a drink is the proper amount, while a tip based off the quality of service received 19% of the votes. It seems that bartenders should not get their hopes up about bringing in more dough for slinging ordinary drinks and cracking open bottles, while mixologists should be raking in some additional cash for those delicious and more expensive concoctions. Thanks everyone for participating, even you miserly 1% who don't know what a tip is!

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Reader Comments (2)

so what happens, when you get your drink lets say vodka soda... and drop a generous 2 dollars (its early and plan to stay for a bit) only to taste flat soda water and hardly any liquor, head back to to bar where one explains the soda water is flat, bartender tries said soda water in new glass and says will change it come back in a few minutes (uhm why not sorry and change it NOW)..., come back and it tastes like the same flat soda with even less booze poured into the drink in front of my face with more attitude.... sigh lesson learned, from now on vodka on the rocks!

March 31, 2009 at 10:01PM | Unregistered CommenterNXT

As a bartender, $1 a drink doesn't bug me. It's when your part of six has me running for five minutes, sampling and tasting, getting you free munchies, and then watching you walk away leaving $1 on a $27 tab. Likewise if I end up serving you food at the bar, understand that this is full service!

April 2, 2009 at 02:15PM | Unregistered CommenterKeith

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