How Much Should You Tip Your Bartender in Montreal?

Tipping culture is similar in Montreal to elsewhere in Canada and the United States.  While not required, it is generally expected, and failure to tip is often considered rude and/or poor treatment of hospitality staff.  While actual rates/amounts vary depending on specifics – quality of service, type of environment, etc – a good baseline is 15-20% of your total bill.

Is tipping required/compulsory?

No, but it’s generally expected and pretty customary throughout Montreal, as is the same across most of North America.  Many to most bartenders and in general hospitality staff rely on tips as a part of their salary, so it directly impacts what they take home each night.

Tipping per drink

A good rule of thumb is to tip $1-2 per drink if you will only have a few drinks – for example, you order a Mai-Tai from a bar and the price is $8.00.  You hand the barkeep a $10.  That’s the end of the transaction – everyone is happy, everyone wins.  Note, the barkeep should offer you your change (in fact, it’s illegal if they do not), but it’s usually easier just to assume that is the tip from the word go.  This saves you and he or she time, and lets everyone get back to what they are doing that much quicker.

Quicker service = everyone wins.

When service is exemplary

Don’t be shy about tipping a little extra if your bartender or server goes above and beyond to give you a great experience, or in particular if you were part of a notably rowdy crowd.  Likewise, if you’ve been given the 5 star treatment – especially if something went wrong and the server or bartender went out of his or her way to fix it – recognize that with a little extra.  You’ll make their night, doubly so if yours wasn’t the only mistake they had to fix.

Master’s Guide Cocktails and Shooters – Mai-Tai


  • 1 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • Ice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat or almond syrup
  • 1/2 oz DeKuyper Triple Sec
  • 1 oz Cruzan Light Rum
  • 1 oz Cruzan Dark Rum

Add ingredients together in a traditional/old-fashioned glass and shake. Add a cherry pick and lime wheel for garnish.

Mai-Tai on the Beach

Mai-Tai’s are a retreat to Tahiti in a tumbler, good for any season but best for the beach in the summer.

Why We Enjoy A Mai-Tai?

A Mai-Tai from the moment it’s name is heard evokes images of the tropics, with a taste to match. It is meant to capture the flavor of the Tahitian islands.

Excellence Is The Name of Mai-Tai

The modern Mai-Tai is based on the recipe of Victor J. Bergeron from his California restaurant Trader Vic’s, though as with most recipes, there is dispute as to who actually created it. Mai-Tai is actually taken from the Tahitian word maita’i, meaning good or excellent.

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Master’s Guide Cocktails and Shooters – Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned:

  • 1 Slice of lemon
  • 1 Slice of orange
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 drops bitters
  • 1 1/4 oz Canadian Club Blended Canadian Whiskey
  • Club soda

Place the slices in the bottom of an old fashioned glass. Crush the ingredients with a wooden muddler. Pour in the whiskey, then fill with club soda.

An Old Fashioned For Every Season

The Old Fashioned is a timeless classic, perfect for a beach party but just as at home at the opening gala. Lend an air of sophistication to any event with an Old Fashioned.

Why We Enjoy An Old Fashioned?

The casual whiskey drinker and the citrus lover can both find a common drink with an Old Fashioned. One of the easiest ways to enjoy a sweet and sour treat, and a way for a whiskey lover to get a bit of flavor with their whiskey.

The Old Fashioned Gave The Name To Cocktails

As far back as 1806, the first published use of the word “cocktail” was used to describe the Old Fashioned in The Balance and Columbian Repository. It was officially mentioned as an Old Fashioned in 1880, and brought back to the Old World. A popular variant there includes substituting in absinthe in place of the whiskey.

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Master’s Guide Cocktails and Shooters – Margarita


  • 1 1/4 oz Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz DeKuyper TripleSec
  • 1 1/4 oz Sauza tequila
  • ice

Stir ingredients, and frost the glass with salt!

Margaritaville Is Open Year Round!

It is never the wrong time of year for a margarita! Served chilled, a margarita is great for warm spring or summer days and nights, but with Sauza tequila, is just as refreshing in the dead of winter.

Why We Enjoy A Margarita?

Between the semisweet flavor and the warmth of the tequila, there really isn’t a wrong reason or way to enjoy a margarita. It is equally the drink of the cocktail party, the beach bash, and the night relaxing at the bar.

Margaritas Owe Their Name to Daisies and Prohibition

The margarita has been known to exist south of the border in Mexico and the southern US as a remix of the Daisy (which used brandy in place of tequila).  Margarita actually means “daisy” in Spanish.  While many people have attempted to claim inventing the drink, it was known to exist as early as 1935, and was first published in 1953 by Esquire magazine.

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Job Opportunities

A 30-hour bartending course opens the door to many job opportunities. The methods used in class mimic that of the professional hospitality industry and taking the course is equivalent to do a six-month internship at Club Med. Over a hundred of cocktail recipes are taught during the course. Not only will you learn how to mix basic cocktails as martinis and cosmopolitans but also everything from cafés flambés, exotics cocktails and shooters.

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a diploma and a certification card that are accredited by the Ministry of Employment and Solidarité Emploi Québec. These will allow you to apply in diverse establishments that serve alcohol as bars, clubs, lounges, restaurants, hotels, etc.

Still haven’t found something by yourself? A job referral might be the solution. All of our students have access to a personalized placement service for just a few more dollars. This might be your chance to work in places you never even dream of, on a cruise to an exotic island for example, or in the trendiest new hot spots that are looking for staff.


What Is Necessary To Take The Course

The wonderful thing about taking a bartending course is that anyone can join. There is no pre-requisite, you just need to be 18 or older since real alcohol is used and can be tasted. 18 is also (l’âge légal) to work in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Montreal.

The course is not only for passionate people that just want to extend their knowledge but also for beginners that really want to pursue a professional bartender career. The “international aspect” of the course allows graduates to work overseas, for Club Med, on cruises, etc. It appeals people from all over the world as it is becoming more and more common to see students from France, United Kingdom and even Japan taking the course.

With just a pen in hand, you are now ready to take the course. A booklet will be handed to you on the first day of class and shaker kits are available throughout the practical part of the course for you to mix cocktails yourself. Varieties of bar equipment, glassware and The Master’s Guide can be bought on site at our boutique and online on

Bartending Tips/Income

Being a bartender can be a very good job with a great income. You can earn an average of $49,000 per year. A bartender may be promoted or take other jobs in a restaurant with higher salaries. A Sommelier is someone who helps pair wine with food; and can make anywhere from $29,000 to $80,000.

Typically a bartender earns an average of $5.00 to $8.00 per hour. Tips are where a bartender earns the majority of his/her income. It is a general rule of thumb that a bartender should earn 2-4 times their hourly salary. Therefore, if your base salary is $6.00 per hour you should earn in tips about $12.00 to $1800 per hour in tips. A bartender in an average bar can earn $15.00 to $30.00 per hour with both wages and tips.

I’m sure many of you have sat in a bar, ordered a couple of drinks and left a $3.00 to $5.00 tip. That is just what happens in a matter of minutes. While your bartender is waiting on you he also serves a few more people and makes a few more dollars. All in a matter of 5 minutes or so, he may have earned $10 – $15.00.  I know you think that’s only a couple of bucks. You’re right but this goes on for most of the night and the bartender waits on hundreds of people which add up to hundreds of dollars in just a few hours.

The trick to making good money is to work in a busy bar that has good clientele and serve as many drinks as you can while still providing great customer service. Try to get the best shifts and be professional, responsible and honest.

Its also a good idea to be friendly with the customers, getting to know them and their drink habits. Add a smile or a joke with a well made drink. Get chummy, ask questions, talk up popular subjects such as sports with the men; compliment the women on their attire. Make their visit to your bar station a fun and entertaining experience.

Why Go To A Bartending School?

It is not required for a bartender to be licensed, but many restaurants require completion of classes to avoid liabilities. It is important for the bartender to have knowledge of alcohol and its effects. Bartenders need to know how to serve alcohol responsibly. In addition, going to bartending school makes an applicant competitive. You should learn the legal responsibilities, health and safety concerns in the workplace. Some schools offer an additional certification for this study as well.

Generally, when you attend classes at an established bartending school you are not only learning from experienced bartenders, you are learning form owners and school teachers. These instructors have worked in the field as bartenders and know what to teach their students and what to prepare them for.

Bartending schools offer hands on training. Since a great bartender learns from experience hands on really helps. Bartend.CA is a school that also teaches Theory involving the alcoholic beverage. Some customers want to know where a drink originated and the history behind its creation.  Sharing this knowledge with the client is a good way to get to know the client and make regular customers who increase your tip potential.

At Bartend.CA all of the Masters School of bartending instructors are professional, experienced and very supportive. They provide our graduates with the up to date bartending training and the speed skills needed to work in any establishment. In addition theyll teach you all the tricks that will help you advance quickly in this career.

Bartend.CA also offers a Speed course in which the student learns to make many drinks very fast. This is a valuable skill especially in service type  bars where a waiter or waitress has many drink orders and you must be able to keep up with the continuous demand for high quality, quickly made drinks. You will be taught to prepare, serve and taste the drinks in a real bar setting simulating the real work experience.

Many employers will be more likely to hire a person with the certification then hiring someone off the street who has only worked as a bar back or no experience at all .Some of the schools offer job placement  programs to assist the graduate in finding lucrative bartending positions.

Bartending schools usually have requests from local bars for last minute hiring. Many times a busy bar will have one or two bartenders call in sick on a busy Saturday night and they urgently need a trained bartender. You stand a greater chance of snagging up a lucrative gig when you are listed as a graduate with a bartending school.

When you receive your certification from a bartending school you will walk out with the confidence in yourself and you will be able to apply the skills learned in the classrooms to the real life and your true earning potential.

Why Go To An Older More Established Bartending School?

The more established bartending schools have the highest degree of teaching methods, more experienced instructors and the graduates are more recognized in the industry. They offer the most top quality and comprehensive training courses.

An older, more established bartending school is more likely going to provide the best training in all the latest bar techniques and mixology. The students will learn in a real bar atmosphere with professional bar tools and glasses, mixing equipment and  real lfe atmosphere.

An Established School Has A Broader Curriculum

The older, more established schools, like Bartenders.CA offers a variety of different classes including table service, shots and shooters, bartending, flair bartending, wine tasting, and etiquette.

The more established schools, like Bartenders.Ca have the best instructors.  Such as our featured instructor Ronnie Laliberte who has over 30 years experience as a professional in the hospitality industry. Ronnie has worked as a Maître D, bar manager and bartender in prestigious restaurants in Canada.

Experience Matters: An Older Bartending School Can Show You The Way

Older bartending schools have the experience to guide you through a range of issues such as professional etiquette, product knowledge and alcohol awareness. These ideals provide the graduate with the skills necessary to effectively and responsibly meet the demands of this thriving industry.

Bar Chef Thomas

Thomas Dupuy

Trained in France and bartender since 10 years in many differents places

(Hotels, pubs, discotheque and well-know craft-cocktails bars),

I want to share my knowledge and exepriences with future bartenders.

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