Post # 1
Ugh, this is my second tipping question this week. I hate dealing with this stuff.
But anyway, our venue adds a 20 percent “service charge” to our final bill. I asked what that goes toward, and our venue coordinator said that it was distributed among the staff working the reception.
Now, because of that, we were not planning on providing additional tips for the staff, however, should we tip the bartenders? We’re having a five hour open bar. We didn’t even think about this until my mom asked if the geusts were in charge of tipping, or if we were.
What is appropriate in this situation? I’m tempted to say that tipping is not required because it’s included in the 20 percent service charge. However, my mom seems to think that bartenders deserve more. What does everyone else think?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
@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
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.