Subtle ways bartenders get customers to tip more, according to an actual bartender
- Bartenders rely on customers' tips for most of their income.
- I'm a bartender, and I've learned several subtle tricks bartenders use to get bigger tips out of customers.
- I'll try to get customers to open a tab instead of closing out, and some bartenders will even "invent" a cocktail for a guest to make them feel special.
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Of course, we don't just cross our fingers that everyone will leave 20% on the check - we do whatever we can to make sure you leave happy.
Here are some of techniques bartenders use to increase the cash we take home.
Bartenders constantly use the power of suggestion to get you to start a tab instead of closing out
Writing 'Thank you!' on your check is another psychological maneuver.Advertisement
We'll 'invent' special cocktails for you that we've already invented
Believe it or not, teasing sometimes works as a strategy to get a better tip.Advertisement
Whether I genuinely dislike or like a guest, I don't really show it. And research says that's OK when it comes to my tip.
And bartenders sometimes delegate customers based on who they predict will tip which bartender the most.Advertisement
We also use our collective power to stop serving those who aren't tipping.
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