5/21/2013 09:00:00 AM

2013 Mixology Survey: Bourbon Is King, How Much Do You Tip?

Bottoms up - our second annual mixology survey results are now live! Our surveyors chronicled their cocktail drinking habits, and once again the brown stuff is tops - 33% voted whiskey their favorite spirit, followed by 25% of tipplers who said that they prefer vodka. It seems that the Mad Men effect has had some staying power since we last inquired.

Most folks seem to be getting their drink on fairly regularly, with people having a tipple or two an average of 3.1 times each week. As for number of drinks per outing: 49% responded that two drinks was their usual amount; 24% said three drinks was the charm; and 15% claimed they stay low-key at just one drink. Check out the rest of the sloshy stats in the slide show, and check out the most annoying bar-service pet peeves here.

8 comments :

  1. As a bartender, I can tell you from first-hand experience that most patrons tipped a percentage of the bill at the hotel bar where I worked, but guests in the airline club where I also worked (where the drinks were free) rarely tipped at all. Really? I mean, come ON, people. The drinks are free; throw a buck or two the bartender's way.

    Conversely, if you're attending a hosted reception, you don't NEED to tip at all, as the host is already charged a percentage of alcohol sales that will go to the bartenders. However, putting down a dollar or two will definitely get you noticed in a good way, which can't hurt when it comes time to refresh that drink.

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  2. 'Only' 20% angling for the BT? Considering how many customers pass through a busy bar on a typical night, that's a lot of choice for the barkeep. Bet (s)he never has to go home alone!

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  3. Jack and coke all the way :-)

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  4. Who drinks Bourbon, no one I know. Sales have dropped like a rock over the last 20 years, no one drinks Bourbon anymore!!! Jeez where did you T Rexes come from?

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    1. Maker's Mark just made national news for watering it down. Why? They can't keep up with the demand.
      See recent news stories.

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    2. Keep reading the news because they stepped back from their choice to water down their whiskey because of the public outcry.

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    3. Where do you live? Bourbon is king right now!

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  5. "a mere 3% are willing to cross the $20-a-drink mark, up slightly from last years 2%" If my math serves me well, and it does, percentage-wise this is the largest increase of the group!

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