Americans ages 18-37 also are more in favor of paying more than dropping tips

 

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Millennials are the driving force behind avocado toast and poke bowls. But don’t count on the younger generation to throw in a few extra bucks to the servers delivering those culinary innovations. 

Young adults age 18-37 are much less keen on tipping than their older counterparts. According to a new survey by CreditCards.com, it shows that millennials’ attitudes and behavior on tipping tend to be stingier across the board. 

 

Ten percent of Americans ages 18 to 37 say they routinely leave no tip. Nearly one in three leaves less than a 15 percent tip at restaurants. Older adults tip more. 

Whether it's a food truck, coffee shop or after taking an Uber, about one in six millennials say they regularly choose the lowest option. And nearly one in five gives no tip – the highest figures of any age group. 

Philosophically, young adults are the most likely to say they would prefer to do away with tips and have the service charge included in restaurant food prices. About 27 percent of millennials say they favor that option to the existing system. 

What’s behind the shift in tipping trends seen in millennials? 

“Tipping at sit-down restaurants has always been the standard in the U.S., but that’s not necessarily the case in other countries,” says CreditCards.com senior industry analyst Matt Schulz. “We’re seeing younger adults tipping less, and even showing a greater preference toward eliminating tipping altogether, even if it means paying more on the bill.”

The online survey of 1,000 adults was conducted May 18-20, 2018. See survey methodology.

 

 

‘Older people really prefer tipping’

That data might make it seem as though millennials are just cheap, but a more nuanced explanation is that people with more money tend to tip more. And young adults as a whole have lower incomes than people who are further along in their careers. 

“Income predicts tipping,” says Michael Lynn, a tipping expert at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. “Older people really prefer tipping.” 

Lynn says it is difficult to know if tipping in general is becoming more widespread or less common.

Some industries, such as cruise lines, have largely done away with tipping and include service charges in passengers’ bills. But in other areas, such as order-at-the-counter restaurants and with ride-sharing vehicles, tipping is seemingly becoming more widespread. Those who use rewards credit cards to earn points on dining and travel expenses might not mind adding on the recommended tip to their bill. But not everyone believes the current system is fair to employees.

Tipping, Lynn says, is a way of allowing customers to have more control over the experience and to motivate employees to provide good service. It is not a perfect system, and it has been criticized as discriminatory, since studies have shown that young, attractive waitresses earn more in tips.

 

Would you pay more if there was no tipping?

Tips remain an important component of income in those fields in which it is common. And customers seem to prefer the practice to alternatives such as mandatory charges or higher costs. 

“There are people who want to pay waiters more, but when you say you’re going to pay for it out of higher menu prices, they are not so thrilled,” Lynn says. 

According to the CreditCards.com survey, other demographic groups that are more open to doing away with tipping at restaurants include people with incomes over $75,000 a year (26 percent in favor) and people with college degrees (30 percent in favor).

Overall, just 21 percent favored higher food prices and no tipping. Some restaurants have taken that approach, but others have ended no-tipping experiments after losing customers

The Emily Post Institute, which provides etiquette training, says tipping “is one of the most stressful and confusing aspects of etiquette today.” It recommends tipping 15 to 20 percent on the pre-tax total at sit-down restaurants.

The Emily Post Institute also lists 17 other circumstances when tipping is appropriate, including leaving money for hotel housekeepers and giving a few dollars to valets and restroom attendants. 

“Tipping can be tricky and awkward because there’s really no right or wrong answer,” Schulz says. “However, the truth is that many workers rely on tips to generate a large portion of their income. To them, it’s not just about etiquette. It’s about being able to provide for their families and put food on their own tables.”

 

"WHEN YOU ARE A WAITER, YOU LEARN THAT YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO GET A GOOD TIP OR A BAD TIP."

 

Other survey findings: Women are more generous tippers

Other survey findings suggest older Americans and women are better tippers.

Nearly 55 percent of seniors age 65 and up said they tip 20 percent or more at restaurants, the highest of any age groups. Just 35 percent of people under 30 reported tipping at that level.

The median tip from women is 20 percent, compared with just 16 percent from men. 

Just 13 percent of whites said they typically tip less than 15 percent, compared with 48 percent of blacks and 36 percent of Hispanics. 

Diners in the South and West tend to tip less, and Southern customers are most likely of all (7 percent) to stiff servers and wait staff.

And those with higher incomes and college degrees are bigger tippers.

Those trends are just averages, of course. People who work in restaurants often can’t predict how they will be tipped until the diner pays the bill. 

“When you are a waiter, you learn that you never know when you are going to get a good tip or a bad tip,” says Steve Dublanica, a former waiter and author of “Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper’s Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity.”

Dublanica says you can insult a patron and still receive a nice tip, or you can provide great service and receive nothing. 

Survey methodology

This tipping study was conducted for CreditCards.com by GfK Custom Research North America on its OmniWeb online omnibus. The sample consists of 1,000 completed interviews, weighted to ensure accurate and reliable representation of the total population, 18 years and older and was conducted May 18-20, 2018. The margin of error for total respondents is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Original Article: https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/worst-tippers-survey.php

 

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You go to the bar to connect with others. But have you considered that going to the bar can actually make you feel better about yourself?



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Here are 5 ways going to the bar can help you reconnect with yourself.

 


Take a Break From Your Friends



Sometimes it's nice to take a break from hanging out with your usual crew. Going to the bar alone can allow you to enjoy life without your friends.

Make sure to fully immerse yourself in your bar experience by turning off your phone and actually getting to know a random stranger or two.

At the end of the night, you'll probably have made some new friends. You might even have found a new potential partner.

 

 


Get Over Life’s Problems



Have you been feeling down lately? Are you trying to get over a bad breakup? Going to the bar can be just the trick you need to get out of your funky mood.

Going to the bar will also remind you just how awesome life can be. Instead of having to deal with people who don't appreciate you, a night at the bar will show you that everything is going to be okay.

Nothing is forever. So stop feeling like things will never get better and head to the bar!

 


Indulge Your Taste Buds

 


It’s been ages since you’ve tried some new drinks. Instead of ordering your usually vodka soda, try out some new cocktails for a change.

Switch it up and go to a bar that you don’t usually go to. Then order something from the menu that you never would have considered trying before.

By doing this, you can introduce your taste buds to some new flavors that you didn’t even know that you actually like. The best part is that you might even end up with a new favorite bar to frequent.

 


Ask for Advice From the Bartender



A bar might not be the best place to go for life-altering advice. However, you might have an entirely different perspective after you ask your friendly bartender for advice about something that’s going on in your life.

Most bartenders are surprisingly easy to talk to. So give it a go and share your story.

 

 


Destress From Work

 

You feel like you barely have time to do anything you like to do any more. So don’t put yourself off any longer. Go out to the bar and take a much-needed break from all of the crap that is going on at your job.

Have a drink or two and just put the work week’s problems off for another day. Surely, it can wait!



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Have you ever thought about the fact that it might be a good idea to take a break from social media?


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It seems like it's almost impossible when you feel like you're forced to look at your phone every 5 minutes.

Here are 5 signs that it's time to take a break from social media.

 


1. You Procrastinate Often

 

One of the major reasons why most people take a break from social media is that they realize that they're wasting tons of time. You knew that you needed to get a few things done for work or school before bed, but instead you went on Facebook!

Social media is a huge time sucker. No matter how much you try to limit yourself (I'll start doing something productive in 30 minutes after I watch this video.), you still end up wasting your entire night on social media.

 

 

2. You're Annoyed

 

You're tired of seeing the same people bitch about life. After all, how many times can you read about your friends' breakups or daily workout routines before you just want to rip your hair out?

After awhile you start to realize that a lot of status updates are simply attention seeking, and nothing more. If you don't want to be a part of their audience any more, it's time for you to find something else to do (like go to the bar and meet real people!).

 

3. You're Starting to Feel Bad About Yourself

 

Many studies have proven that social media is actually bad for your self-esteem. Do you find that you are comparing yourself to your friends on social media? It seems like everybody is doing something awesome except for you.

Well it's time for you to start having an awesome life too. The way that you do this is by making memories in real life instead of on social media.

 

4. You're Not Meeting Anyone New

 

Let's be completely honest. When is the last time that you actually made a new friend?

Last year? Ten years ago? While it might sound cool to be like Drake and say "No new friends,” at the end of the day, you're feeling lonely.  You're bored of your social media friends and you know it’s time to get out there.

So what's the remedy? Go to the bar and interact with others. You'll feel a lot better once you have some new opportunities to meet people. When you get off social media and add new folks to your circle, you’ll feel a lot better.

 

 

5. No One Answers Your Messages

 

If you keep getting replies like "I'm busy, bro." or "I'll text you tomorrow." chances are that you're the only one that's constantly sitting home, trying to catch up on social media.

You should take this as a sign that it's not them, it's you. So get off your phone and get back out there. It's the weekend and you deserve a break from social media! Be safe!!



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It usually goes like this: you log into Facebook and start scrolling. You see your friends doing awesome stuff you wish you could be doing with people that you’ve never met.


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So why isn’t that happening for you? Chances are that it's time for you to expand your social circle. If you’re ready to get out there, here are 5 people you’ll meet at the bar that you likely won’t meet on Facebook.

 


Your Future Girlfriend / Boyfriend
 

 

Alcohol plus dim lighting is almost guaranteed to result in a love connection at some point. If you’re single and ready to mingle, going to the bar is the best place to meet people that you might fancy.

The best part is that you won’t have to worry about the catfishing that’s so common with Facebook and online dating sites. Plus, who really wants to deal with chatting with someone online for weeks only to find out that they won’t meet you in-person?

 

 


Your New Boss
 

 

Need a new job? If you’re looking to get into the bartending or nightlife scene, visiting bars is the best place to meet your new boss. Just make sure to dress the part and be ready to make your best pitch.

 


New People to Hang With
 

 

Getting bored of reading updates on Facebook from your current crew? Most people’s lives are pretty boring. If you’ve known someone for years, there’s really not much they can share that you don’t already know about them.

Why not add some new faces to the mix? When you go to the bar, chances are that you’ll meet new people. So if you want some new friends, the best place to meet them is in person, at the bar.

 


A Friend of Someone Important

 

Have you been looking for someone to review the movie script you wrote? Do you want in with the who’s who of your local business community?

If you want to meet prominent people, going to the bar might just be the easiest way to find them. After all, they like to kick back too after a long day. Find out which upscale bars are popular with celebrities in your area and hit the town.

With just a little bit of luck (and the right conversation starters), you could soon find yourself schmoozing with some well-known people.

 

 


Your Favorite New Bartender

 

Why is it so hard to make drinks yourself? It's because you really need to go to the bar, instead. If you're sick of gulping down shitty mixed drinks or cheap wine at home, tonight’s the night to stop the madness.

Instead of staying at home and settling for Netflix and Facebook, you could be out exploring new bars. In the process, you just might find an awesome new bartender who knows how to make the best Old Fashioned you’ve ever had.



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You're posing for a selfie at the bar and you want to make sure you come out looking like a model. So how do you make yourself look great every time?


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Here are some tips to help you capture the best version of yourself.

 

Work Your Angles

 

When you take a selfie, it's all about finding the right angle. Extend your arm all the way out so that your smartphone is as far away from your body as possible. This will make it easier for you to find the right angle for your photo.

 

 

Take Photos Horizontally and Vertically

 

If you're taking an individual selfie, experiment with this. Sometimes people look better in a landscape (horizontal) composition versus a portrait (vertical) composition. Taking photos horizontally also makes it easier to get some of the background into your selfie if you want people to see what's behind you in the photo.

 

Use Sunglasses

 

If the lighting is too bright in the bar or you’re outdoors and it's midday, take your selfie with your sunglasses on. This will keep you from having to squint in your photo, which makes your eyes look tired.

 

Watch Your Posture

 

Elongate your neck to keep from looking like you have a double chin. Make sure that you also aren't slouching in your photos.

 

Just Say ‘No’ to Duck Face

 

This is the ultimate selfie offense. Never make duck face in your selfies. It doesn't make you look hot!

 

Take Selfies Before You Get Wasted

 

If you want great selfies, take them before you have too many drinks. After all, if you're 'doing it for the gram,' you don't want to look sweaty and totally out if it.

If you want perfect selfies later in the night, go to bathroom and check your hair and makeup first so that you don’t end up looking crazy in your photos.

 

Trying to Look Intense or Deep

 

If you're trying way too hard to look sexy, you're probably just going to end up looking constipated, instead. If it's not your normal selfie pose or you've never tested out before, don't do it.

 

Watch the Filters

 

Unless you're a professional image editor, watch the filters. It's always easy to tell when you've tried to edit your selfies yourself to get rid of your flaws. Usually things turn out a lot worse than you expected and you risk turning yourself into a meme once you post your selfie online. 

 

Skip the Selfies in the Bar Bathroom

 

Taking selfies in a graffiti-covered bar bathroom doesn't make you look cool or edgy. You just look like someone who doesn't wash their hands before touching their phone again.

 

 

Practice At Home

 

Although us Millennials love to pretend that awesome selfies are totally spontaneous, practice at home, seriously. Before you go to the bar, take selfies at different angles and in front of different amounts of lighting.

This will help you to uncover the mistakes you make when posing for selfies so that you don't repeat them when it's game time.



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Part of the college experience is going out to the bars with your roomies and classmates. The best college bars offer drinks you can afford to keep the party going!



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Here is a list of 5 drinks every college bar should be carrying for their college students.



Cheap Beer

 

If you’re not a beer drinker, you better have a good drinking budget! This is because beer is cheap and can be found anywhere. A good college bar will offer a variety of beers at cheap prices to meet the needs of college students who are regulars. When in doubt, go for a domestic brew. If you are feeling a little adventurous reach for a malt! Either way you can never go wrong with a bar that offers a variety of inexpensive beer.

 



Rum And Coke

 

Rum and coke is an easy choice for college students. It’s simple to order and the majority of students really like the taste. If you want to get a bit fancy with it, order a rum and root beer or a rum and sprite. Be sure that the bar offers a cheaper choice of rums. Not every student can afford top shelf prices. Most of the time however, if you don’t know what to order, Captain Morgan is a pretty affordable choice.



Vodka And Redbull

 

Vodka and Redbull is the drink of choice for many college ladies and some guys don’t mind it either. Red Bull with just about any alcohol is fabulous in itself, so it’s no wonder this is a great go to for college students. Not to keen on Redbull? Maybe, the bartender can make you a Screwdriver with vodka and orange juice. Red Bull has lots of caffeine and taurine, which is like drinking a cup of coffee. As a college student, this is important to have energy for early morning classes or exams.



Tequila Sunrise

 

Tequila shots are always great when you are wanting to hit the party hard. However, some college students like the drinks that they can just sip on throughout the night. A Tequila Sunrise is all that and more! The recipe includes orange juice, tequila and grenadine. Unlike every other alcohol, tequila is said to be an upper, not a downer, and can lift your mood. That’s why college students love it plus the Tequila Sunrise tastes incredible!

 

Whiskey Lemonade

 

Any whiskey will do for those hardcore college drinkers. However, when you put whiskey and lemonade together, you are in for a night of good old college fun. The sweet and sassiness of this drink will please the frat clubs and college athletes alike!



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These drinks are timeless and any good college bar will have them on hand for their younger customers. Always be sure to ask about alcohol prices to get the better deal. Money is so important when you are in college and on a budget. Also, your college years are about having fun, learning and experiencing life, so drink responsibly. When in doubt, call a Lyft or Uber. Use your best judgement when you plan to go out drinking.

Did we miss any drinks? Anyway, have fun!



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It's Saturday night and yes, you have a hot date! So you want to enjoy a casual meetup at the bar?


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This is actually a great idea because the perfect first date should be short, interesting, and leave you feeling excited to see that person again.

So how do you pull this off? Here's how to take a first date to the bar and increase the odds of an awesome date.

 


Choose the Right Scene

 

For a first date, you want to choose a bar that isn't too fancy. But at the same time, a dive bar just isn't good enough. Choose a place that is a bit nicer than some place you might go to as your regular hang out.

You also want to choose a place that makes it look like you aren't really trying too hard to impress.

Pro tip: Don't go to the bar at a chain restaurant because it’s too loud and you won’t be able to hear each other. Save the $5 margaritas and fried onion blooms at TGIF’s for Tuesday night takeout.

 

 


Don't Take Your Date to Your Usual Hangout Spot

 

It's nice if you go to a bar that you've been to before. However, you shouldn't be high-fiving every person that walks in because you know them.

It's hard enough to have a conversation with someone you don't know. It's even harder for your date if he or she can't even keep your attention because your buddies keep walking in.

Also, it will be a huge turnoff to your date when your crew keeps texting you to ask how things are going.

 


Go to a Bar That Serves Food

 

Choose a bar that serves food to provide a welcome distraction if things get awkward during your date. Plus if you skipped lunch that day, ordering food will keep you from turning into the hangry monster and ruining your date.

Pro tip: Order some munchies, but not dinner, so that you can get out fast if things aren't going well.

 


Don't Get Drunk

 

One or two cocktails should be enough to take the edge off your nervousness. If you go all in and get drunk, there's a 99% chance you're going to ruin things.

Above all, don't try to pre-game before the date. Your date will notice that you’ve been drinking and he or she will not be impressed by your closet alcoholic tendencies.

 

 


Don't Be Flashy or an Extreme Cheapskate

 

There's no need to show off your fat bank account, your new cars or all of hot models you know because you're so well-connected.

On the other hand, letting your date know that you're using a 2-for-1 coupon isn't exactly a turn on.


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When the bill comes, pay the bill or go dutch and just get it over with. There's no need to have a lengthy conversation with the bartender about who ordered what or belittle your date because you can afford to pay all of an expensive bill.

 

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You really want to go out to the bar but you feel weird about going by yourself. So what do you do? Wait a minute before you make the wrong move!

 

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Whether you should go out to the bar alone really depends on the circumstances. Fortunately, in most cases, it's completely fine. Here are the 5 times when it's totally okay to go to the bar alone.

 


1. You're Visiting a New City

 

If you're visiting a new city, by all means, go out and explore! Check out the hot spots and get to know the locals. You'll probably meet some new people and start having fun right away.

 

 


2. It's Just After Work Hours

 

If you're going to the bar after work, you can use the fact that you need to grab dinner as an excuse to be at the bar alone. If you don't want to feel weird about it, sit at the bar instead of a table to order your food.

 


3. You're Meeting Up With Friends

 

If you're meeting up with your buddies, technically you won't be alone for long. After all, someone has to be the first to arrive.

 


4. At Lunchtime

 

Enjoying lunch with a few drinks is absolutely something that you should do alone. It's actually pretty smart because you can drink without feeling guilty about it.

The more people you invite, the odds are that someone who can't hold their liquor back at the office will end up ruining liquid lunches for everybody.

 


5. When You Know the Bartender

 

If you already know the bartenders or even a few regulars, you're not actually alone. Go, order your favorite drink, and have a merry time!

 

Now that you know when it is okay to go to the bar by yourself, here are the times when you shouldn't go to the bar alone.

 

You're already drunk

 

Going to the bar alone when you're already drunk is a sure fire way to end up in the hospital or going home with someone creepy. Just don't do it!

 

Last call

 

Unless you're looking to hookup, going to the bar alone right before it closes is just asking for trouble. It's almost guaranteed that the drunk dude who's been ready to fight all night will have his sights set on you as the lone, almost sober person who just walked into the bar.

 

 

Trying to get work done at a busy bar

 

If you really need to get some work done, you may be tempted to go to the bar and work so that you’ll stop procrastinating. But trying to use your laptop while people are chugging pitchers of beer at the other end of the bar isn’t really conducive to accomplishing anything of worth. 

 

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Students need to unwind and kickback with friends in college just like members of the working class.


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This may be exactly why there are so many phenomenal college bars across the United States! Here are 5 bars that really stand out. If you get a chance to ever visit one of these bars you will understand why!

 

Knight Library

Orlando, Florida

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Photo courtesy of Knight LIbrary

 

Knight Library is popular among so many of students from the University of Central Florida. This Orlando bar throws iconic parties that have students coming back time after time. They offer weekly specials and their Friday ‘Library Night’ has free drinks until 11pm. This bar really understands a college students budget and exceeds their expectations night after night!

 

 

The Tombs

Washington, D.C.

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Photo courtesy of The Tombs

 

The Tombs exists on the outskirts of Georgetown’s Campus in Washington, DC. At night it comes alive as students gather within its walls. Some people call this bar ‘The Greatest College Bar in the U.S.’ The Tombs has been serving Georgetown students since 1962. Their drink specials include Georgetown’s Peach Tea, Jungle Juice and the Seal’s Revenge. This is definitely a happening spot for locals and college students. If you are ever in the Georgetown area, it’s worth a visit to see it for yourself.

 

The Molly Brown

Bozeman, Montana

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Bozeman is widely known as a college town in Montana. This is city is home to Montana State University. The Molly Brown Bar is an incredible dive bar that has 20 different beers on tap, 8 pool tables, darts and trivia nights. It is located in what college students lovingly refer to as the ‘Barmuda Triangle’ because it is situated so close to two other bars: the Haufbrau House and the Scoop Bar. There is nothing better than a packed dive bar that offers beer and trivia to college students.

 

Tavern In The Grove

Miami, Florida

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Photo courtesy of CBS Miami

 

The Tavern in the Grove is a favorite bar among many students at the University of Miami. It has a relaxing atmosphere that many college students really enjoy after a hard day of studying and homework. At the Tavern the drinks are always cold, the dart boards are ready to play and the smiles always come out. The Tavern also truly understands a college students budget and routinely offers students drink specials that are within their budget. It is primarily a beer serving bar, but some wines have recently made its way onto the drink list.

 

 

Scorekeepers

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Photo courtesy of The Michigan Daily

 

Scorekeepers in Ann Arbor, Mi is an amazing mix between a sports bar and a college bar. It is located near the University of Michigan campus. They offer signature sandwiches, salads and appetizers! They also serve 27 different draft beers and 60 imports. Their mixed drinks are always fun and refreshing. Michiganders love their college sports and this bar surely reflects that spirit.

No matter what college bar you go to, you are in for a fun night of drinking, laughter and craziness! Next time you are near one of these 5 college bars, take a few minutes and check them out. You won’t be disappointed!

 

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For those of us suffering in the brutal northeast, spring has finally sprung. But, even if you’re lucky enough to enjoy beautiful weather all year round, we’re sure you can appreciate the arrival of spring and summer beers.

 

spring summer beer trends

 

Gone are the bitter stouts and porters of winter to make way for sessionable ales and refreshing lagers. Read on for some trends you’re sure to see this year and some fine examples of each.

 

New England India Pale Ales

 

spring summer beer trends

Unless you’ve never seen the inside of a bar before, you’ve probably heard of IPAs: the hoppy, bitter brew that’s been dominating the craft beer world for the last 15 plus years. However, there’s a slightly new style entering the field: The New England IPA, the regular ole’ IPA’s unfiltered cousin. These brews are packed with hops and are even hazier and fruitier than their predecessors, while actually being less bitter. A classic New England IPA is the Heady Topper from Alchemist Beer in Stowe, Vermont. Another popular example is the Vicinity Double IPA from Trillium Brewing Co. in Boston, Mass.

 

 

Easy Drinkin’ Lagers and Pilsners

 

spring summer beer trends

Everyone loves a super fruity IPA or aggressively flavored cider now and again. But there’s something to be said for the simple. Lagers and Pilsners tend to fall by the wayside in conversations about craft beer. Yet, they remain staples that seasoned drinkers love. The difference between lagers and ales all has to do with the strain of yeast used. The yeast used in brewing lagers ferments on the bottom of the tank and produces a clean, crisp brew. A pilsner is a type of lager first created in Plzen, Bohemia (what is now the Czech Republic) in the 19th Century when a huge batch of beer went bad. Enter Josef Groll from Bavaria who added hops to the spoiled batch and created the pilsner!

A beautiful example of a clean yet flavorful lager is the Lager of the Lakes from Bell’s Brewing in Kalamazoo, MI. If you’re looking for a craft pilsner, try out the Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Colorado.

 

 

A Renewed Appreciation for Lambics

 

spring summer beer trends

Unlike the specifically chosen yeast strains used to produce most beers, lambics are fermented in the open allowing wild bacteria to get right in there! The end product is pretty sour but is often cut with the natural sweetness from added fruits. A traditional lambic hails from Belgium; like the Lindemans Framboise. In the United States, this style of beer is generally referred to as an American Wild Ale. Try out the Cable Car Ale from Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA or The Broken Truck from de Garde Brewing in Tillamook, Oregon.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what your favorite spring beers are in the comments!

 

 

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Cinco de Mayo is almost here. If you don't speak Spanish, Cinco de Mayo translates to the fifth of May, which is just around the corner. Although Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, the party seems to be even bigger over here in the U.S.


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You know what's better than celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Celebrating it in a packed bar! If you're looking for some great promotions your bar patrons will love, here are 5 ways to get this fiesta started!



  1. Crazy Drink Specials

 

It’s not called Cinco de Drinko for nothing. Instead of going with the usual Strawberry Margaritas and Tequila shots, why not offer your guests a little something different?

Get creative and serve up with some new Mexican-inspired drinks (Tamarind Margaritas or Horchata Cocktails) that your customers will be excited to try. If you can create a signature beverage that only your bar offers, you'll have a winner!

 



  1. Cinco de Mayo Challenge

 

Host a challenge that takes place on the patio or at the bar. Create an awesome prize for the winners, such as a weekend beach getaway to the Bahamas. You can also do small giveaways, such as t-shirts, for everyone who comes to the bar.

A hot sauce contest or trivia contest is a great way to get the crowd going. Everyone will be sure to bring their friends along. You'll also be able to keep people in the bar longer.



  1. Spread the Word and Get a Reward

 

Use BOTY App to hype up your celebration. Offer your fans an exclusive deal for spreading the word. You can give your customers a 10% discount, BOTY Points, offer a free drink for checking-in or entries to win the grand prize for the giveaway that you're hosting.



  1. Celebrate All Weekend Long

 

This year, we're in luck because Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday. That means that you can actually keep the party going all weekend long. To keep people coming back for more, make sure that you offer different promotions for each night.

Start Friday off right by bringing in a local mariachi band to serenade your guests. Then make Saturday night into a crazy dance party.

 



  1. Complimentary Tequila Tasting

 

Every hour on the hour from 7-10 p.m., offer a new brand of tequila for your customers to taste. Have servers bring around trays of shots for people to try so that they don't have to mob the bar area. Some ideas for tequilas that you can serve include Patron, Espolon, and Casamigos.

 

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Regardless of what kind of crowd your bar attracts, remember that the goal is to have fun! So don't be afraid to get creative with your promotions this year so that you’ll give everyone something to look forward to.

 

 

Want to connect with people at your bar in a whole new way? Download the BOTY App on iTunes or Google Play for free!

 

 

 

So, you got hurt at work. That sucks. We know what it’s like for restaurant employees.


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You rely on your physical health to complete your job and most restaurants don’t offer health insurance, putting us bar staff at higher risk than most when it comes to injuries. But don’t lose hope. There are still options available to keep you afloat until you can safely return to work. Read on for some tips for navigating workers’ comp insurance as well as some info on disability benefits and disability insurance.


Workers’ Comp Basics

 

While the laws vary state to state, most require employers with 1-5 employees to have workers’ compensation insurance. This means that if you get hurt on the job you can file a claim to receive lost wages while you’re out of work. The first thing to do when you become injured or ill on the job (after seeking medical attention of course) is to find out if your establishment does indeed have workers’ compensation insurance. Most likely they do.  The second thing to double check is that you are classified as an official employee of the bar. Some employers try to be shady and cut costs by hiring staff as ‘independent contractors’. But, you probably are already aware if you’ve been hired under this category.

 

 

Filing Workers’ Comp

 

If you are hurt at work while performing a work-related task, you must immediately report it to your employer IN WRITING. In New York, you must provide this notice within 30 days of injury. However, we strongly recommend doing it as soon as possible. Your employer should then provide you with the necessary forms to fill out. These may include some for your employer’s insurance carrier, one for the state, and all the relevant info about your rights in the situation and returning to work. Your employer will also need the full medical reports from any treatment you receive related to the injury or illness.

In most situations your boss should file the claim for you. However, it’s best to stay updated and informed throughout the process. If your claim is approved, you may receive a percentage of your lost wages and assistance with medical bills. If you are denied, you have the right to appeal.

 

Disability Benefits

 

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If you become ill or are injured in a NON work related incident, you may qualify for assistance from the state through social security. Again, you will need all of your medical records to receive benefits. When filing for disability through the social security office, you are making the claim that you are physically or mentally unable to work. HERE is some relevant info.

 

 


Disability Insurance

 

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Before an injury occurs, it may be wise to look into disability insurance, especially if you don’t have health insurance. Many financial institutions provide this type of coverage. Basically, you’ll receive a medical exam and be quoted a tier of monthly prices depending on how much you want to receive in the case of injury or illness. The younger and healthier you are, the more affordable this is so it’s best to do it as soon as possible.

Have experience with any of the above? Let us know in the comments and get well soon!

 

 

Want to connect with people at your bar in a whole new way? Download the BOTY App on iTunes or Google Play for free!

 

 

 

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