We are having a hosted bar. I do not want the guests to pay for anything. I told the venue that I did not want to see a tip jar on the bar. The planner told me that this is how bartenders make their money. We are already paying a 20% service charge for everything. I asked if the bartender got a cut of that. She replied yes, but that the money is pooled and distributed among all the servers.
So I guess bartenders expect the full 20% of bar sales, and not some slice of the pie, which they'd get if they had to rely solely on their cut of the pooled money.
What do other people do in this situation? Do we tip the bartender after we get the final bill? If so, how much? I don't think it's right to pay a 40% tip, which is what would happen if we were to pay the required 20% of the bill, plus the bartender's expected, additional 20%.