(Closed) Tipping bartenders

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think your guests should tip the bartender the way they would any other bar.  But you shouldn’t give them a separate tip.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I would definitely think it’s the guest’s job to tip the bartender if they so desire. I personally wouldn’t see any sense in giving them another tip as the bride.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If the guests want to tip, no worries, let them! I ALWAYS tip. Gets me better drinkies!

By The Way, that 20%–have you determined what that is per person? I always take that into  consideration. Granted, they probably make more than the $2.13/hour bartenders in a restaurant do here in Missouri.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I posted about this a couple weeks ago (here).  We are also paying for the tips of everyone involved up front and I don’t want them to have a tip jar out at our open bar because I don’t want the guests to feel obligated.  If they want to give a tip, that’s fine, but I don’t want it being advertised in the form of a jar.

So while the tip is included, I still need to find out how many people it is going to be split between, etc and then we will determine if the bartenders need an extra tip.

I would check out the post, there was some helpful advice and comments there.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@ejs: $2.13/hr? That’s criminal! holy hell… I couldn’t imagine solely relying on tips for income.

Our bartender gets a seperate 15% gratuity added to our bill based on the cost of our drinks during a 4 hour period. I’m surprised your venue doesn’t have something like this in place…

Maybe talk to your venue and see what their policy is regarding tipping the bartender?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I used to work in banquet/catering events for a hotel, and the staff all received a percentage of the gratuity and the amount received was calculated out by how many hours the staff worked.  Therefore, if your bartenders are there working for 5 hours, but a server is only working for two or three, the bartenders would receive more of the pot.  I think that’s a pretty standard practice.  If you really feel they deserve a little something extra, then I would slip something to your venue coordinator at the end to distribute to the bartenders separately. 

 

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