What To Tip Your Server

In a previous post we asked, “What kind of tipper are you?” Today we are going to provide you with some information on how much to actually tip your server.

If you already fall into the Big Tipper category, good news, you get to leave class early. Everyone else, please pay close attention, because there will be a pop-quiz after the lesson.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Many places may already include the 10% gratuity on the bill, but if you are levelling up to Big Tipper throw in that extra 10% anyway.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Australian servers are usually paid a higher than North American wage to begin with, so tips are not usually required. The unfortunate part is this sometimes shows in the level of service you will receive, but if you get an exceptional server show them you appreciate it by adding the standard 10-15%

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Bolivia is another country that automatically includes the gratuity in your bill. The benefit being the server always gets a tip, even if they don’t deserve it. So if you get great service feel free to add a little extra. Again, we suggest the standard 10-15%.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Brazil will have a standard 10% service fee already included in your bill, so there is no need to tip any extra, but of course, by all means do so if the service was excellent.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Generally, the standard 10% is reserved for ‘nicer’ establishments. For those hole in the wall type of places, leaving your change will usually suffice.

Minimum tip: 15-20%
Caveat: Some establishments will automatically bill in a gratuity of 17-20% for parties over a certain number, so make sure to check your bill for a service fee before you calculate your tip.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Unless of course the gratuity is already added to the bill. But as mentioned above, even if it is, feel free to leave a little extra.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Not only is tipping not required in most areas of China, but at one time it was actually against the law!

Minimum tip: 7-10%
Caveat: Many establishments will add a service charge of 8-10%, but it is still recommended to leave an additional tip so the total equals 15-18%.

Costa Rica
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most places in Costa Rica already include a 10% service fee on the bill, so a tip is usually not required. Just check to make sure, or leave an additional 10% if the service was good.

Minimum tip: 10-15%.
Caveat: The minimum tip of 10-15% is usually reserved for nicer restaurants. Anywhere else you would usually just leave your change.

Czech Republic
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There will typically be a service charge included in the bill, but it is always nice to round up the tip to 15% if you receive great service.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Denmark does not have typically have a tipping culture, but like many other countries, leaving a little something for the server is always appreciated.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: A 10% service fee will already be tacked onto your bill, so although a tip is generally not required, adding an additional 5-10% is customary.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most of Egyptian bars and restaurants already include a 10% on the bill, but if you are feeling like a Big Tipper feel free to add an additional 5-10%.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There is not really a tipping culture in Estonia, but it is considered usual practice to leave a 5-10% tip a nicer restaurants when going out for dinner.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There is no tipping culture in Finland, but you can try to leave the standard 10% for excellent service.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most bars, restaurants and cafes will automatically include a 15% gratuity on your bill, so additional tipping is not required, but definitely appreciated.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Germany has a similar tipping policy as France, so if the service fee is not listed on your bill consider leaving a 10-15% tip.

Minimum tip: 10-20%
Caveat: Your bill may include a service fee but it is customary to add an additional tip up to 20%, including the fee.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Most places will not add a service fee, so it is customary to leave the 10% in cash for your server.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There is not a big tipping culture in Iceland. That being said, there is already a 15% service included in your bill, so if the service was great think about adding an additional 5%.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Some of the nicer restaurants will already include a 10% service fee, but it is still customary to leave 5-10% for your server.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: A 10% gratuity will automatically be added to your bill, regardless of the service you receive. So if you get great service add 5% for your server.

Minimum tip: 12%
Caveat: In Israel some establishments will charge the standard 12% service fee, so it is customary to tip your server 12% if the gratuity is not built in.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Service fees are usually not charged on the bill but double check to make sure before leaving a tip.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There is no tipping culture in Japan, but it’s not a bad idea to leave something for really good service.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: The majority of restauarnats and bars already include a 10% tip in the bill, but it is customary to round up or leave your change for your server.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Service fees are automatically included in the bill, so no additional tip is required. However, it is customary to leave your server a tip if you are happy with the service.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: A service fee will be included with your check and it is not common practice to leave an additional tip for your server in Paraguay.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most palces will include a 10% tip on your bill, if they don’t leave your server 10-15% depending on the level of service they provided.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Even though some restaurants may add a service charge of 10% it is still customary to tip your server an additional 10% on top of your bill.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Tipping is customary in Romanian, everywhere from a restaurant or bar to taxis and even the hospital. Since tipping is expected the level of service you receive may be low. So for great serive add an additional 5-10% of the minimum.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Although the bill may not include a service or gratuity charge, it is advisable to provide your server with a 10% tip in cash.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There is already a 10% service fee included in yoru bill, so although tipping is not required it appreciated if you round up your bill and leave the change.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: There isn’t a big tipping culture in Slovenia, however in tourist areas it is customary to leave a 10% tip.

South Korea
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: South Korea does not have a big tipping culture, so even though no tip iss required it is always nice to leave a little something for your server.

Minimum tip: 5-10%
Caveat: It is customary to leave your change or round up your bill in Spain. For nicer places a 5-10% tip is customary.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Sweden, like many other European countries, does not have a big tipping culture. Since there is no service fee included in the bill it is always nice to leave the server a little something if you are so inclined.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: The majority of places will already include a 15% service fee, so unless your server provides you with top of the notch service, no additional tip is required.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: It is customary to leave your server 10% in cash, even if a service fee is charged on the bill, although this rarely happens.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most places in Taiwan already includde the service fee of 10%, if not leave 10-15% depending on the level of service.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Many nicer establishments may include the 10% service charge, but if not leave the standard 10% for your server.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Leave up to 15% for good service and try to tip your server in cash.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: For really good service you may consider leaving an additional 3-5%

United Arab Emirates
Minimum tip: 15-20%
Caveat: In reality, 20% is really the minimum, and if you want to get extra special service make sure you tip the maitre d before you are seated.

United Kingdom
Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most places already have a service fee built in, so leaving a tip is not always required, but will likely not be turned away if you are feeling generous.

Minimum tip: 15-20%
Caveat: Much like Canada, some establishments in the US will add a gratuity to your bill for larger parties.

Minimum tip: not required
Caveat: Most restaurants and bars will already add a 10% service fee to your bill, so essentially a tip is not required. However, if you receive excellent service a 5-10% additional tip is always appreciated by the server.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: Some establishments may include the 10% gratuity, so for those places a tip is not required, but it never hurts to leave a little extra.

Minimum tip: 10%
Caveat: For nice restaurants you may consider leaving a little extra than the standard 10%

What are some of the destinations, and their tipping policies, that we have left off the list? Leave your answers below in our comment section.

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Things That Drive Your Bartender Stark Raving Mad

Angry Barmaid at Jamian's Bar, Red Bank, New Jersey

Whether you are a bashful drunk, a dopey drunk, a grumpy drunk, a happy drunk, a sleepy drunk, or even a slutty drunk, let’s face it; alcohol usually brings out the worst in people.

The tiresome heroes behind the wood who, day in and day out, happily sling our drinks have seen it all, and unknowingly many of our drunken personality traits can drive them stark raving mad. Here are just a few of them:

Lousy Tippers

Nothing infuriates your bartender more than a stingy tipper, or god forbid, someone who doesn’t tip at all. Those in the service industry rely on tips to make a decent living, that’s why they are paid well below minimum wage. If you don’t tip well don’t be surprised if the service you receive reflects your stinginess. So, what kind of tipper are you?

Attention Grabbers
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The second most annoying trait that will quickly turn your bartender stark raving mad is by trying to get their attention. Waving, snapping your fingers, screaming out or even banging your glass is a surefire way to not only get on your bartender’s bad side, but will also likely get you swiftly ignored for the remainder of the night as well.

Indecisive Drinkers

Likely you’ve been in a bar before. Even more likely you’ve had a drink once or twice in your life. You know what you like, so order it already. The indecisive drinker tops one of the traits that drive bartenders bananas. As the infographic says, if you have trouble deciding what to drink, always go with beer.

Know It Alls

To reiterate: Oh, you’re a bartender too? Fascinating. Seriously, making drinks is what bartenders do for a living, so do not, and I mean never tell a bartender how to make a drink, at least that is if you don’t want to drive them stark raving mad.

Type A Personalities

It’s amazing how messy people become once someone else is serving them. Sure it’s time to relax and let someone else take care of the details, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a slob. The most annoying messy trait that bartenders have to deal with is from the Type A personalities. You know the ones; they tear up their coasters into little bits and leave them on the bar for the bartender to clean up.


Speaking of disgusting habits, the fruit pickers take the cake. Well in reality they steal the fruit, but you know what I mean. This drunken personality trait is one of the worst things bartenders have to deal with on a daily basis. You’ve seen these people, they ask for extra olives, cherries and even lemon slices, gulp them down like they are at an all you can eat buffet and then have the audacity to try to reach across the bar and help themselves to some more.

Bar Fighters

When you get a couple of grumpy drunks in the same room it usually ends in fisticuffs. And if you have been following the theme this far, this drives your bartender nuts. Not only does it upset the rhythm and flow of severing well-behaved patrons, but the bartender is usually the guy that has to break up the fight. If you want to get in you bartender’s good graces, be a man and step in to break up the fight yourself. Just make sure you read our guide to surviving a bar brawl first.

Spillers, Pukers and Passer-Outers

By far the worst thing a bartender has to deal with is when the seven drunks (bashful, dopey, grumpy, happy, sleepy, slutty, and uh… doc) have partied a little too hard. Whether they become spilly drinkers, pukers or passer-outers, no one wants to have to see or deal with that kind of drunk. So if you don’t want to enrage your bartender, and possibly get yourself banned for life, be a responsible drinker and know when it is time to call it quits.

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Most Popular Drinks Every Bartender Should Know

Hey, Bartender

Tip from BarWhiz: Also check out our Periodic Table of Alcohol which gives great information about popular drinks

Besides being able to pour a proper pint, every bartender should have a solid backing knowledge of the most popular drinks. Not every patron knows what they want to order and those that do know want it made the way it is supposed to be. Of course there are hundreds of drinks a bartender SHOULD know, but we’ve decided to go with the classics. Here’s a quick rundown of the most popular drinks every bartender should know.

#1 Cosmopolitan (aka – Cosmo)


Thanks to the ladies in Sex and the City, every middle-aged woman out on the town thinks it is not a complete night until they have consumed a multitude of Cosmos.

1oz vodka
½ oz triple sec
½ oz lime juice
½ oz cranberry juice

Chill a martini glass. (add ice, water) Shake the vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice in a shaker with ice. Empty the chilled glass, strain the contents from the shaker into the martini glass and garnish with a wedge of lime.

#2 Classic Martini

Classic Martini - Project Flickr: Drink

The martini can keep it dry or wet, clean or dirty, infused with apples or bacon. There are literally hundreds of variations of the martini these days with the production of flavoured vodkas and creative bartenders. Anyone who has ever seen a James Bond movie knows that he prefers his martini made with vodka not gin, and shaken not stirred. Keep it simple. There is a reason it is a classic after all.

2 ½ oz gin
¼ oz dry vermouth

If someone really knows their martini, they will certainly be the first to tell you how they prefer it prepared. If not, follow these and you will be safe. Toss a handful of ice cubes into a mixing glass adding the gin and vermouth. Stir or shaken (as denoted). Strain into a martini glass and finish with a skewer of olives or a twist of lemon peel.

#3 Bloody Caesar

Bloody Caesar

There is a Bloody Mary and there is a Bloody Caesar. If you are a bartender you know the difference. If you don’t know, then you are not a good bartender. I prefer to build mine from the ground up, and why not be a little dirty about it too (extra Worcestershire).

Here is my personal recipe:

1 oz vodka
7 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
pinch of salt & pepper
4 oz Clamato juice

Rim a tall rocks glass with celery salt. Squeeze a wedge of lime and drop into the glass. Fill with ice. Add vodka, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce, and fill with Clamato juice. Bang salt & pepper shakers over the top two times. Garnish with a wedge of lemon & lime, a dash of horseradish and two skewered olives.

#4 Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple cocktail

Unfortunately the world is populated with people who do not imbibe alcohol but still like to pretend they enjoy a cocktail from time to time. It is also a standard for children at restaurants who want to feel like adults. Every bartender should know how to whip up a Shirley Temple.

2/3 cup lemon-lime soda or ginger-ale
2 tbsp grenadine
1/3 cup orange juice

Fill a tall rocks glass with ice. Add the soda, grenadine and juice; still until combined. Classic garnish is an orange skewered with a maraschino cherry.

#5 Screwdriver

Screwdriver Cocktail at Hostaria del Piccolo

Every woman loves them and men cannot get enough of them at Sunday brunch with the family.

1 oz vodka
½ cup orange juice

Fill a small rocks glass with ice. Add vodka and juice.

#6 Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

If you had trouble with the Screwdriver, then this is probably going to throw you for a spin. Seriously. If you did not know what this is, if you even have to read what a Cuba Libre is, then please quit your job as a bartender.

1 oz white rum
½ cup coca-cola

Fill a small rocks glass with ice. Add rum and coke. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

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Movember Party Drink Ideas


Movember is that happy time of year where men around the world sport their best moustaches to raise awareness for prostate cancer. The rules are quite simple, you simply need to start with a clean-shaven face on November 1st, and grow your best moustache by the end of the month.

Not only are Mo Bros raising awareness for prostate cancer, but they are also raising funds for research. For instance, in Canada alone, nearly $22.3 million was raised in 2010. Every step of the way the Movember Campaign is there to support the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, and at the end of the campaign a big Gala Party is thrown to celebrate their month long efforts.

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In support of Movember, and all the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, BarWhiz has put together this handy list of both, Movember Party Drink Ideas, and locations of the Movember Galas around the world.

Movember Party Drink Ideas:

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#1) Burt Reynolds

Shot Glass

1/2 oz Spiced Rum
1/2 oz Butter Ripple Schnapps

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into a shot glass, and serve.

#2) Don’t Touch My Moustache


1 1/2 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Grenadine
4 oz Pineapple Juice

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into a highball glass, and serve.

#3) Moustache Ride

Cuba Libre

1 oz Gin
Diet Coke

Pour gin and diet coke over ice cubes in a highball glass, stir and serve.

#4) Flaming Moustache

3 oz Vodka
3 oz Passoa Liqueur
1 oz Orange Juice

Pour vodka, passoa and orange juice over crushed ice in a highball glass, garnish with pepper and serve.

#5) The Mo-Bro-jito


1 1/2 oz White Rum
6 Mint Leaves
1 tbsp Sugar
1/2 oz Lime Juice
2 oz Soda

Place mint leaves in bottom of highball glass, add crushed ice, rum, sugar, and lime juice, and muddle. Top off with soda water and garnish with mint leaves.

Official Movember Gala Parties:



November 25th, 2011
Apple Bar
5-9 Synagogue Place
Adelaide, SA


November 29th, 2011
Cloud Land
641 Ann St
Fortitude Valley, QLD


November 30th, 2011
King O’Malley’s
131 City Walk
Canberra City, ACT


November 27th, 2011
The Metz
217 Sandy Bay Road
Sandy Bay, TAS


November 26th, 2011
Festival Hall
300 Dudley St
West Melbourne, VIC


November 27th, 2011
The Bakery
Artrage Complex
233 James St
Northbridge, WA


November 30th, 2011
Luna Park
1 Olympic Drive
Milson’s Point , NSW



November 30th, 2011
Flames Central
219 8 Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB


November 25th, 2011
Cook County Saloon
8010 Gateway Boulevard
Edmonton, AB


November 25th, 2011
Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia


November 25th, 2011
Théâtre Corona
2490 Notre-Dame West
Montreal, QC


December 2nd, 2011
Kool Haus
132 Queens Quay East
Toronto, ON


December 1st, 2011
Commodore Ballroom
868 Granville St
Vancouver, BC

United States


December 3rd, 2011
The Variety Playhouse
1099 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia


December 1st, 2011
1142 S. Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas


December 1st, 2011
279 Tremont St
Boston, Massachusetts


December 1st, 2011
Hard Rock
63 West Ontario St
Chicago, Illinois


December 3rd, 2011
1109 Lincoln Street
Denver, Colorado


December 1st, 2011
1735 Vine St
Los Angeles, California


December 3rd, 2011
Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota


December 2nd, 2011
Roseland Ballroom
239 W 52nd St
New York, New York


December 1st, 2011
Double Deuce
528 F St
San Diego, California


December 1st, 2011
Ruby Skye
420 Mason St
San Francisco, California


December 1st, 2011
The Ballroom
456 N 36th St
Seattle, Washington


December 2nd, 2011
Rock & Roll Hotel
1352 H Street NE
Washington, DC

United Kingdom:


November 29th, 2011
Electric Circus
36 Market St
Edinburgh, EH1 1DF


November 25th, 2011
Battersea Evolution
Chelsea Bridge Entrance
Battersea Park
London, SW11 4NJ


November 27th, 2011
Mr Lynch
Archbold Terrace
Newcastle, NE21DB



December 1st, 2011
Old Harcourt Station
Harcourt St

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What Kind Of Tipper Are You?

The moment you belly up to the bar, the bartender is wondering what kind of tipper you’ll be. Are you a Big Tipper, a Stingy Tipper, or are you like Mr. Pink, from Reservoir Dogs, the dreaded No Tipper?

The following are the most common types of tippers:

The Big Tipper

This is every server and bartender’s favourite customer. They consistently leave a tip that is larger than the industry standard, which is typically whatever the sales tax is or 15%. The Big Tipper will leave a minimum of 20% without even blinking an eye.

The Stingy Tipper

The stingy tipper consults his calculator and tips the sales tax to the penny, that is of course, if you are lucky enough to get that much. Some stingy tippers will even go further and leave 10% or lower. Stingy tippers usually fall into the category of the Octogenarian Tipper as well, but patrons from every age demographic can also be stingy tippers.

The No Tipper

Probably the second worst tipper of them all, the No Tipper doesn’t even bother to tip you. Typically these are ultra-stingy tippers or European patrons, where the custom of tipping doesn’t exist. And I thought the Dark Ages ended in the 15th Century.

The Flirty Tipper

See: The Big Tipper.

Addendum: The Flirty Tipper has a motive for his lavish tipping, namely to impress the wait staff and get their phone number.

The Octogenarian Tipper

See: The Stingy Tipper.

Addendum: It’s hard to feel any ill will towards a cute little 85-year-old man only leaving you a shiny new nickel for his pint of beer. They were born in different time, where money was tight and perhaps tipping the barkeep wasn’t common practice.

The Take-Back Tipper

See: The Stingy Tipper & The No Tipper

Addendum: The Take-Back Tipper is the patron that leaves the change on the bar, or the table, giving the server a false sense of hope that they are actually dealing with a Big Tipper. The moment the server turns their back, the Take-Back Tipper returns the change to their pocket and moves on.

The Round-Up Tipper

The Round-Up Tipper can go either way, as their primary concern is making the overall bill an even number. Either they will end up as a Big Tipper, or a Stingy Tipper. It’s the luck of the draw here.

The Industry Tipper

See: The Big Tipper

Addendum: This is someone who works in the industry, and unlike Mr. Pink from the video above, understands the importance of tips.

The Crook Tipper

This is by far the worst tipper of them all. They have the same technique as the Take-Back Tipper, the moment the bartender as turned their back the Crook Tipper is scooping tips off of the bar. Unlike the Take-Back Tipper, the tips they are ‘taking back’ are not theirs to begin with. The Crook Tipper is typically falls in the younger age demographic, and they are most likely inebriated to the point where stealing becomes justifiable.

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