Do we tip bartenders here?

Posted on September 30, 2012 by yankeebean

SO!  My brother (Leonard) and his wife (Ella) flew into London from Chicago (they get in to Bristol this afternoon!) and this means one thing.  Seeing the UK a-fresh through Yankee eyes!

I can already tell that hanging out with them in England is going to:

a)  Be amazing

b)  Give me major flashbacks about what life was like when I first moved to the UK

For example, I got a text from Len last night – all is said was:

Do we tip bartenders here?

I texted back a quick ‘Nope!’.  But that one text opened the flood gates and I remembered my days of uk-mystery-tipping.  I had no idea who to tip, so I tipped everyone – an extra quid every time I bought a drink, 2 or 3 quid for taxi drivers, a tenner for my hair dresser (TEN QUID!  I can’t believe I did that – no wonder she cried when I moved away!).  Oh, the memories!

Does this happen to you guys?  Someone comes to visit and every time they marvel at a Zebra Crossing, you’re hurtled though a quantum wormhole back to your early days in the UK?

Makes me smile. :)

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  1. Jo October 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I recall the days when I was a little more generous with my tipping, especially the haridresser! I never do it any more but that could be a personal thing…I think the tightened pursestrings will be affecting everyones tipping habits

    • yankeebean October 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      You’re absolutely right – my tip-control definitely coincided with when the recession kicked in and money wasn’t so easy to come by!

      I still feel guilty when I don’t tip my hairdresser, though.

  2. Taylor October 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Even though I know by now that you don’t have to tip in the UK, I still get inner turmoil about whether or not to leave something! Silly Americanized mentality…

    • yankeebean October 2, 2012 at 8:49 am

      I used to get so so so confused about when to tip and when to not – that started to fade between the 3 and 4 year mark of living in the UK. Now I’ve almost gone the other way and forget to tip which is TERRIBLE. Mr. Nice Guy is always having to remind me or leave a few quid…

  3. Jocelyn Nelson September 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Tipping the hairdresser still baffles me. A haircut costs around £30 so I usually leave £5. I know this is too much but I can’t just leave a £2 or £3 in coins, can I? It just screams ‘cheap’ to me. Or nothing at all? Ten years living here and I can’t work this one thing out. I find it so uncomfortable that I dread getting my hair cut. And you can’t leave the tip on credit card like in the US so it is extra awkward standing there digging through you purse for money while they watch you. Argh!!!

    • yankeebean October 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

      I stopped tipping hairdressers ages ago – should I still be tipping them?? We need some Brits to step in a tell us the true way…

  4. Christina September 30, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I still haven’t figured out tipping! Do englighten!

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