“$1 a drink is usually standard,” says Kate, a bartender in Astoria. “But if you’re paying with credit card, we expect 20% on the total bill.”
Fitzpatrick agrees that $1 for a beer or regular drink is the standard. “But if he or she is making something really special, give $2.”
If you’re at a fancy lounge, versus a regular dive, it’s also expected to tip a little higher, as well. If you’re getting bottle service, 20% of the total is expected.
“If you’re sitting at the bar for hours drinking one drink, give $5, because you’re taking up space,” adds Fitzpatrick.
Bellmen at hotels
If you live here, you’re probably not staying at a hotel. But when your parents visit you, they’ll want this info. A doorman at a New York City hotel expects $1 for hailing a cab. Porters and bellhops expect $1 per bag. Fitzpatrick suggests $2 for the first bag and then $1 for each additional bag.