Here in the UK and London in particular there’s an animosity towards tipping for services rendered in restaurants, bars and clubs across town. It’s an old school mentality here and we Brits regularly scoff at the ingrained tipping culture across the Atlantic in the grand ol’ USA. The Bromigos though go against this trend, we tip everywhere we go, we tip waitresses, bartenders, bouncers, barbers, bellboys et al.
There’s the saying that the richest are those that are tightest with their money, so this seems to enable the majority of the population to seem eager to deride or engage in the action of the tip. These people don’t realise that the rich are also those who recognise the benefits in tipping. By tipping they get ahead in places, they don’t wait often, they get treated better and on occasion get services for no cost at all.
A few years ago I’d always take dates I had organised on Thursdays to 2 bars that I frequented. I had tipping the bartenders at each bar with £10 each, and when I arrived with my dates, they treated me like royalty, pouring me fine vodka for the cost of a beer and increasing my social value exponentially in the eyes of my dates without a word uttered from my tongue. Now I could have continued frequenting these bars on a weekly basis and have gone without tipping, but I worked out over a 4 week period, that dropping £30 in each bar to the bartenders actually saved me £20 over that month. Never mind the extra perks from always getting the best leather couch, getting table service when it did not exist in those places and my dates pussy tingles from seeing the status afforded to me by the staff.
Some places have started adding a ‘service charge’ to their bills now across the city. This negates tipping to the staff and it actually goes to the proprietors of the joint. We Bromigos always ask for this to be removed and tell the staff we’ll be tipping in cash, straight away you can see how happy this makes them. They know that you realise that they won’t get any of the service charge and they’ll also remember you for that as no-one does it. The next time we go to that restaurant/bar we normally end up getting a couple rounds of free shots of our choice of drink. The staff also feel that you appreciated their service last time and will be motivated to give you an even better service this time knowing that you are tipping. For Bromigo Matt, tipping gets him fucking laid.
So guys, going out? Get tipping, if they’ve got a service charge included, get it removed and say you will be tipping in cash. 10% is a good amount to start with in restaurants. Tipping £10 to a bartender will get you fast service for a few weeks and even a few drinks. Don’t be tight, in the long run the value you gain from tipping will be worth more than any expense occurred.