Clopidogrel and other P2Y12 inhibitors have become the standard of care among patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes. A substantial proportion of these patients require surgical revascularization during index hospitalization. Guidelines recommend a 5-day waiting period off clopidogrel before coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) to reduce hemorrhagic complications. These recommendations are not routinely followed in clinical practice, while recent studies also propose shorter waiting periods off clopidogrel for patients awaiting in-hospital CABG. A preliminary PubMed search was conducted using the following MeSH terms under the publication type "Hemorrhage:" "Clopidogrel," AND "Coronary Artery Bypass." Relevant studies and guidelines were then reviewed and selected based on a predetermined criteria. Studies that formulated the current recommendations for stopping clopidogrel preoperative to CABG are discussed in detail this review. A comprehensive review of recent evidence illustrates mixed bleeding and transfusion outcomes among CABG patients with preoperative exposure to clopidogrel in less than 5 days. The optimal discontinuation time of clopidogrel before CABG is still poorly defined. The recommendation of a 5-day washout period for clopidogrel should be reconsidered to be on par with current clinical practice. © 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.