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How to Get a Free Drink From a Bartender

Watch more Bar Life & the Art of Drinking videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Get a free drink from a bartender by knowing how to work them. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Never ask for a freebie Never ask for a freebie. It doesn’t work, and since most bartenders have good memories, you’ll always be known as the cheapskate. Step 2: Be polite Be polite. Not bothering to say “please” and “thank you” drastically decreases your chances of a free drink. Tip If the bartender is really tied up, don’t bug him. Waiting patiently is another way to get into his good graces. Step 3: Be fun & engaging When ordering, be fun and engaging. If you’re memorable (in a positive way!), chances are your wit will be rewarded. Tip Keep a smile on your face—even when you’re annoyed at being unable to catch the bartender’s attention. Step 4: Compliment your bartender Compliment your bartender. Flattery works! Step 5: Don't expect a freebie Don’t behave like you’re expecting a freebie. Always have your money in hand, ready to pay. Tip Never tip less than a dollar, and round up larger tips to whole-dollar amounts. Bartenders hate dealing with small change. Step 6: Tip generously Tip generously. Bartenders remember the biggest—and the smallest—tips. You take care of him, and he’ll take care of you. Did You Know? The word “tip,” which originated in 17th-century England, is an abbreviation of the phrase, “to insure promptness.”
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