Tipping in bars has always been wildly confusing, and there's no real hard and fast rule for it. A dollar for every drink? Two dollars for two? A 20% tip on a card? Basically no one has any idea how you're supposed to tip in a bar, and soon, you may not have to worry about it at all.
About two weeks ago, Lois, the all-tap wine bar in the East Village, decided to ban tipping. Lois is NYC’s first bar to implement this. (Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group said that its bars and restaurants will eliminate tipping over the course of 2016, so Lois is the first bar to actually put it into practice) A number of major restaurants have joined the no-tipping movement this year, including Craft, Eleven Madison Park, and most visibly, Meyer's USHG, as well as many others in and outside of New York City.
But there’s a difference between Lois and the larger establishments taking on the trend: Lois has only about 10 employees, and while it does serve food, it is still primarily a bar. As such, it’s got a pretty tiny kitchen, so there isn’t really a “back of the house,” like there is in a restaurant. But co-owner Nora O’Malley sees this as one of the greatest parts of the no-tipping movement, that everyone can adapt the model to their specific business.