If in a more formal setting, such as at a restaurant for a business dinner, dining
rules are similar to that of Europe, but more relaxed. The
only two necessities are that your hands should be in view at all times so rest
your wrists on the edge of the table, and eat with your knife in your right hand
and your fork in your left.
Tipping isn't common in Georgia, but at higher end restaurants,
it is appreciated. In these locations tip what you feel is appropriate; rounding
up is usually sufficient.
All common drinks can be found in Georgia and their best
known non-alcoholic drink is carbonated mineral water, which is at times slightly
flavored. In addition to this all popular drinks are available in Georgia, including
tea, coffee, soft drinks, juices, and milk.
However, Georgia is more well-known for their alcoholic
drinks and some people believe that wine originated in Georgia. While others dispute
this claim, drinking the wine yourself will help you notice that their wines tend
to fall on the sweet side. For something a bit more unique, try chach,
which is a locally made alcohol similar to vodka. In addition to these beverages,
popular international drinks, including beers, wines, and hard liquors are also
There is no consensus on the cleanliness of the tap water in Georgia.
Near the mountains and in the major cities the water is generally clean, but this
is more of a tendency than a rule. In other areas the water quality is poor, and
perhaps unsafe, so should be avoided. The best course of action is to check with
locals for the cleanliness of the local water or be cautious and avoid the tap water
entirely. If you do decide to drink the tap water, remember that many people may
have troubles adjusting to the local water, as it will most certainly be different
from what your system is used to.