cash for tipsIRELAND has changed a lot in the last fifteen years. Recently, while traveling in Ireland, I decided to take an informal survey on tipping/gratuity customs in the 21st century. My research is based on interviews with restaurant and pub patrons as well as the wait staff, bartenders, and pub owners.  To get a perspective on the entire Republic/Country, I surveyed folks in Dublin, Dingle, Doolin, and Galway. The results were quite a surprise and have prompted me to modify the information I give to my tour members. Here is how it all stacks up:

The “old Irish people” never tip.  They count their pennies to the tee.

Modern and younger Irish people (under 35 years), usually tip when ordering food.  Seldom when they just have “the drink.”

City Pubs – If you are simply served a drink by the guy/gal behind the bar – no tip is expected.

Country Pubs – If it is not busy and the bartender “chats you up” (strikes up a conversation), then leave a 15% tip with each drink or at the end of your drinking session. If the bartender is the proprietor, then no gratuity is expected, however it does not hurt to offer to buy him/her a drink.

Restaurants and Pubs that serve food – A 15% tip is standard for good service. Up to 20% if exceptional service and extra “chatting up.”

To wrap it all up, restaurant and pub staff are more and more giving good service and hoping for the tip. My advice is do the right thing and chip in to help the sluggish Irish economy.

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David McGuffin established David McGuffin's Exploring Europe, Inc. in 2001 to formally offer European tours. Since then, he has taken several thousand satisfied customers on memorable and educational tours to Europe.
  1. Beth Ford Reply

    Thanks for the helpful hints. I’m going to be a dorky tourist already, I’m sure, by taking pictures at every turn. This will help keep me from being the “cheap” dorky tourist!

    Good to know,

  2. Hotels Donegal Tips Reply

    well yes, everything changes with time but yes Ireland hotels were famous, are famous and will always be famous for providing best hotel services. hotels of Ireland are world famous for their luxurious services and beautiful 5 star rooms facility.This tipping details will help a person while he is enjoying the stay in Ireland.

  3. S.Rowan Reply

    Actually it is 10%, not 15% if you tip for food. No tip is required for a drink, whether you chat anyone up or not. I live in Ireland and know this.

  4. David McGuffin Reply

    ok, for 2013 I will defer to S. Rowan’s comment above. 10% in restaurants and nothing ever in the pubs for a drink. So, S. Rowan, where ever you live, help me confirm your perception on tipping.

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