Wine is a common drink with meals in Bulgaria and it does
tend to be a bottomless glass so if you don't want your glass refilled, be sure
to leave it at least half full or it will be topped off.
At most restaurants in Bulgaria a tip of about 10% is expected,
however poor service does not demand a tip and at nice restaurants catered to foreigners,
generally a tip of up to 15% is expected, however the service is also generally
Bulgaria offers soft drinks, juices, milk, and any other
non-alcoholic drink one desires, but none that are especially local or unique. Coffee
is perhaps the most common pleasure of the people in the morning or with desserts.
The country's pride comes in the form of wine and they produce a shockingly
large amount or wine each year, generally helping supply the Russian
and Eastern European markets. Some of the more local varietals include "red
plonk," "dimyat," and "misket," although more well-known
varietals like merlot and riesling are also common. Despite the wine industry, the
national drink is still considered rakia, which is a distilled liquor similar
to brandy, which is generally distilled from plums or grapes, but can be produced
from just about any fruit. A couple other local specialties are rosaliika
(a rose-colored liquor) and mastika (anise seed liquor similar to ouzo).
Local breweries are also growing in popularity and all popular international drinks
are also available, including beers, wines, and hard liquors.
Generally speaking, the tap water is safe to drink in Bulgaria,
but check with locals for any particular regional differences. Also, many people
may have troubles adjusting to the local tap water, as it will most certainly be
different from what your system is used to.