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Double tipping on a bar bill?


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Double tipping on a bar bill?

manku | Nov 13, 2008 10:15 AM

Recently, I ran up a few drinks at a restaurant bar before being seated. The tab was transferred to my dinner/table bill.

My companion said I needed to tip the bartender. I disagreed, as I said I would tip on the final bill.

If I tip the bartender, and then tip on the final bill, I'm tipping twice on the drinks - which on over $80 worth of drinks amounts to $16.

If I don't tip the bartender, is he shorted (table tips not shared?)

If I reduce my tip on the dining bill, the waiter will feel slighted and shorted.

Aside from the obvious choice of settling at the bar, what do people do here?


PS. I ended up tipping both, but it didn't seem right.

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