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proper tipping @ xs?

Discussion in 'Vegas Nightlife' started by random512, Mar 1, 2017.

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  1. random512

    random512 Low-Roller

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    What would you recommend as proper tipping @ XS? For example, what should I tip the bartender when purchasing 1 drink ($17 base price) or 2 drinks ($34 base price)?
     
  2. simundo26

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    i throw 5 for 2 drinks 2 bucks if just 1
     
  3. random512

    random512 Low-Roller

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    Why does the second drink get an extra dollar tip?
     
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    I'm not a club guy, nor a drinker, but I'm just giving the bartender a $20 per drink. That assumes that the total drink cost is 17 with tax, if tax takes it over 18, I'd probably go to $21.
     
  5. Jaygee77

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    If you have to ask that question, why are you buying a $17 drink in the first place? At that point, the extra dollar isn't the deal breaker.

    You strike me as a very analytical guy, which is totally fine. I can be the same way. Sometimes I just have to remind myself that what I'm analyzing is pretty negligible.
     
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    Same as anywhere else, roughly 15-20% of the tab. So, probably $3 for one drink and $6 for two.
     
  7. random512

    random512 Low-Roller

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    I don't think xs charges tax on the drink. I haven't been a serious clubber for about 10 years. 10 years ago, a $2 tip per drink was a solid standard tip for a walk up bar at a club.

    I'm guessing that this is still the case at most clubs in most cities. After all you're paying $2 for < 2 minutes work so >$1/minute which is very fair.

    However, XS drinks are priced at a premium over the typical drink at a walk up bar so I could see how a bartender would expect a premium tip.

    * If a typical drink at a walk up bar is priced at $10 then a $2 tip would represent 20%.
    * A 20% tip on a $14 drink would be $2.80
    * A 20% tip on a $17 drink @ XS would be $3.40

    Therefore I think bartenders @ XS would expect a grownup to tip at least $3 b/c you're at a premium club paying for drinks priced at a premium. A $2 tip would be perceived as lowball.

    Since the total price for 2 drinks @ XS is the cost of a meal I could see how a bartender could expect a tip to be the equivalent of the minimum tip that one would pay for a meal. In this case any tip less than $5 would be perceived as lowball.

    Also, since you're not doubling their work with 2 drinks (only one customer request, only one cash transaction) I could see how a $5 tip for 2 drinks would pass muster. I only ask b/c some bartenders seemed to be off-put by a $2 tip per drink based on their body language. So I think $3 tip for 1 drink, $5 tip for 2 drinks seems to be the sweet spot @ xs.
     
  8. abraxis

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    This makes going to the club sound so much more complicated than it should be lol. Also, it appears that you've come full circle, as it were, and answered your own question to your satisfaction.
     
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    Excellent point. Closing this thread.
     
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  10. random512

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    It occurred to me tonight that the logical way to pay for drinks @ XS is with a $20 bill per drink. There would not be an expectation to pay more than this because a $20 bill meets the minimum tip expectation and is a solid bill.

    This also makes things super easy on the bartenders because they don't need to process a credit card or make change. A proper XS gent shouldn't need to think twice about dropping a couple 20's on drinks for him and his lady interest.

    The drinks are somewhat small so expect a max of 5 drinks pp over the course of the night. So just budget $200 for drinks for a night out @ XS and don't think twice about it.
     
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    Dude...
     
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    Exactly why I don't go to clubs in Las Vegas . . . . . .
     
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  13. random512

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    I started a thread last year about tipping for drinks at xs. my conclusion was that the sweet spot is to pay for drinks with a $20 bill.

    I went to surrender tonight and the bartendress told me my drink was $17 and I gave her a $20 bill. She gave me change and I left her $2. Next time I went up to the bar she walked away from me like "whatever." I ordered a drink from a different bartendress and gave her a $20 bill and told her to keep the change and she was like "thank you so much!"

    So this confirms my theory that @ xs/surrender the sweet spot is to pay with a $20 bill.
     
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    Both should appreciate the tip, but do get how the second girl would appreciate not having to make a return trip with change. Provided they are busy.
     
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    I generally round up on drinks. To me, there's no difference between $17 and $20.
     
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  16. simundo26

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    at ebc i usally tipped 2 dollar on a beer, and when theres a line the bartender just waves me over, as a guy i seem to find that if your server is male and yout tip well they tend to look after you a lot more, the girls just relie on their big titts for tips
     
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  17. Rookies11

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    NEVER bought a drink in Vegas, so I wouldn't know. :beer:
     
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