This is one of those "trick" questions, isn't it?
a buck for the beer, and a buck for the waitress, or bartender. 2 bucks total for a beer... all in... is still a great deal.
I would never tip less than a dollar except at a fast food place.
I give hot stock tips instead. If they would just use my proven method to get rich quick, they won't be serving drinks much longer. They will thank me in 6 months, guaranteed, when they're living the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
I always tip a buck per drink no matter what the drinks cost, except at an open bar. At an open bar, I tip $5 right away so they remember me when there's a crowd & pay attention to me.
I was only tipping 50 cents for a beer, and Low's CBCO whacked me up the side of the head for being cheap....so now I also do a buck.
A buck, but I usually tip 5 on the first drink, particularly if playing slots or vp. That 5 will ensure I see her every 15 minutes as long as I am there.
If you happen to be talking about the Casino Royale.....
One of the only joints left which advertises $1 margs and brews; there is typically a line (of varying degrees of civility) fronting the bar. In which case Sheila's advice is spot on. You want to tip enough to be remembered by the barkeep and so get better and quicker treatment in following rounds.
Flip him $10 or so for your first order of two to four drinks (who has just one when they are that cheap), and you will never have to wait in line again at that bar.
Whle $1 per drink remains the standard, and considering how many stiffs there are most waitresses and bartenders are happy for it, doesn't everybody think it is time for a "raise" of the standard drink tip?
I mean they push the tip for dinner waiters up constantly so now 18% to 20% is "suggested", and the amount compounds because the price of the meal moves upward every year. Just because the drink remains comped the waitress should never get more ?
People have been tipping the same buck a drink in Vegas since the mid-70s....that's worth like $0.27 cents today.
There is also the market perspective. If people want to continue getting the hottest waitresses in the country to come to Vegas, they are going to have to get better tips than in their home burgs.
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