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.
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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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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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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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.
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 www.barproducts.com
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.
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.
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.
Bartending is a wide spread field with many job options available. If you are interested in becoming a professional bartender but where not sure of your income possibilities or what type of bartending jobs are out there; read on….
I have many friends in the industry and they all have different stories to tell. Some bartenders would prefer to work in a Country Club type atmosphere where they would dispense drinks all night or day to the waiting cocktail waitress or waiter. Fast paced drink making, fairly robotic and not too much interaction with customers. This type of bartender will earn the majority of his income from the establishment who employs him as an hourly wage and probably splits the tips with all the drink servers.
Neighborhood Bars & Restaurants
Another bartender might work at the neighborhood bar or pub and serve to a regular local crowd, yeah, like in the sitcom, Cheers. This bartender is very social and makes his money by being the popular or funny and an entertaining guy/girl to a fun and oft times a rowdy crowd. Good tip money in this type of venue. He/she works somewhat hard but has lots of fun.
Night Clubs & Tourist Destinations
In the busy tourist or night club scene bartenders handle large amounts of volume and pour, pour, pour, all night long. These types of bartending jobs require you to move at a very fast pace for hours. There is potential to make great tip money but you must have the energy to keep up with the fast pace.
A bartending career at a high end hotel, like The Omni Hotel,Ritz Carlton, Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile here in Montreal, etc. These bartenders are top of the line professionals. A clean crisp uniform, neat bar area, and excellent drink making skills are required. The rewards of these types of bartending jobs can be incredible. You can meet interesting high profile people who tip well and who generally have nice manners. These establishments usually have a nice employment package with insurance benefits and regular shifts. They usually pay on the higher end of the scale of hourly wages for hotel and restaurant venues and good tips that are usually shared and included in your paycheck. It is not unheard of to make $50,000+ per year in this career choice.
One of my best friends works on a cruise ship as a bartender. He usually works the same station and has the waiters, servers, and cocktail people constantly visiting his bar area. He is a flexible type of bartender who can converse with new people who are on the ship for the first time and have questions about drinks and the different ports of call. He makes his money from the cruise line but also receives lots of cash in tips, plus he gets to travel to all the various ports. Cruise line also often offer good benefits as well. The downside is he is somewhat captive on the ship most of the time and usually gets burned out after 6 months and must go home for a monthly visit or get “cabin fever”.
Private party bartenders have a great time and a lot of opportunity for making cash on a part time basis. You can usually work for yourself and name your own jobs. Most parties are at night allowing you to work a day job if you choose. Some private party bartenders get invited to what is called “guest parties” where the main person at the party is a famous actress or actor and you meet many important people. The connections can be invaluable. You can get paid a flat rate from the host of the party and also get lots of cash tips. If you are lucky they might even offer you a drink!
Resorts & Beach Clubs
Resorts are interesting venues for your career as a bartender. At a resort you could live in a beautiful place with local color and become wildly popular with the locals which can lead to good regular tips. You may offer advice for vacationers, newlyweds, party animals and so forth. Since you live close by you know all the best spots for having a good time; popularity always pays well in tips. You also meet all types of lonely people looking for romance. In this venue it wouldn’t matter much how much the hourly wage is. You can always count on your charming personality and good advice to keep the tip jar overflowing.
The possibilities are endless as there are bars in all types of settings all over the world. Getting trained as a certified bartender opens up this world as you can apply for the bartending jobs of your choice in the location of your dreams.
In as little as 30 hours you can become fully trained to work in any of these bartending jobs. The sooner you get the experience you need the sooner you can get to work!