Paying at the Bar and tipping 10% is costumary, Brugge
In a country where service is included in most bills, tipping is not a problem. Most people will not expect a tip. Possible exceptions are public toilets, where the attendant may expect a tip of 25 cents or so, and porter and maid service in the more expensive hotels.
The citizens of Bruges and Ghent are open, friendly and patient. Most will say that they speak only a little English, then go on to speak it fluently. However do not assume that everyone will speak English.
As Brugge is going to be the Cultural City of Europe in 2002, then I guess these tips are needed,, Tips at restaurants, generally 10% of the total cost, do try to speak Flemish or French as the poeple in Brugge are just so much more helpful if you at least try. most of the people speak English, French, German, and Flemish.