How to ask for something in a café or bar

In the early days of your soon to be mastery of Spanish keep it simple. Learn “I want”, Quiero, and “Do you have”, Tienes, and you are on your way to being able to pass as a local or at least not a typical Guiri. (a slang term for a foreigner and can be used insultingly. )
If you are in a café bar o restaurante (that missing “r” isn’t a typo, o is en Español) it is normal to have a tab running and pay at the end. How do the Camareros remember who has had what? I’m sure if I had to do Camarero‘s job I would end up with a  pile of papers and never work out which table had had what.
What is not normal is to stand at the bar, order a drink and then pay before sitting down. The camarero will think you are trying not to tip him and you will get strange looks. Imagine the looks if you were in a Michelin star restaurant and you walk up to the kitchen and order the food there.
Que es normal es to sit down and drinks in a bar is done exactly like you would in a resaurante and at the end you would ask for “La cuenta por favor
When you pay it is normal to leave a tip (unless you have had very bad service and will not return) 10% is common. Tips to a Camarero es muy importante (muy : very, importante : important) as a lot of their jobs are seasonal and during winter a lot are laid off.

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