New Yorker-sponsored professional concert goer and Muxtape enthusiast Sasha Frere-Jones found himself at Bowery a few times over the past few weeks and, so taken by the caliber of bands he was watching, launched an anecdotal investigation of the tipping patterns of various segments of the rock fan population. His source is Ballroom bartender (and, full disclosure, Sasha’s friend) Amy Korb. And if you’ve ever felt paranoid that you were being silently analyzed and judged while ordering drinks early in the night, it’s because you probably were (via Vegan):
“If you can’t afford to tip, don’t buy a drink,” she said to me, and to no one. She elaborated: “In a music venue, like-minded people get together. They like the same music, they like the same liquor. They also seem to have been socialized together, and they usually tip the same.”
And if you’ve ever felt paranoid that you were being silently analyzed and judged while ordering a Long Island Ice Tea at any point during the night, it’s also because you probably were…
Whenever the night starts out with people asking for Long Island Iced Teas, you are in trouble. Vodka, gin, tequila, rum, Triple Sec, sour mix and Coca-Cola blended together in one drink? Fortunately, we don’t serve those at the Bowery. It’s house policy, and it helps weed the population.
…but let’s face if, you deserve it for ordering cocktails like a freshman in college. Next Sasha asks Amy to name names when it comes to the best/worst tippers of them all, and she kindly complies.
First, the worst:
When Chromeo played, their crowd drank house vodka and Budweiser. Didn’t tip. Some of them did what I’ll call the slide-backs. They put a dollar down on the bar, wait until you turn your back, then palm their buck and walk away. Classy. When your night starts out with “What’s your cheapest drink?” that’s also not good.
And now, those who are most likely to tip:
Hard rockers, the bourbon drinkers. Priestess and Bogmen fans are in a league of their own. The Priestess crowd are here to see the show, not to hook up. They go hard on bourbon and Irish whiskey, usually Jameson, Jack, and Maker’s Mark with beer. I won’t get stiffed and will often get two dollars a drink.
There’s nothing like the Bogmen crowd. It’s nearly impossible to keep the Bud Light stocked in the cooler or the Ketel on the shelf. They draw investment bankers, guys who shout and get inappropriate, but, damn, they need that Bud Light, and they are not tight-fisted.
Interesting. It may not be entirely fair for one person’s subjective experience to define an entire group of people, but this is still within the framework of music writing so at least that’s nothing new. However if there are bartenders out there that have found, say Chromeo fans are the best tipping music fans out there, or that just have equally pointed opinions about particular bands’ fans and their gratuity tendencies, the floor’s yours if you want it. And remember: if you like someone’s comment, vote it up a point, you cheap bastards.