Bartenders are not obligated to give you free drinks. That said, if you order enough rounds, you will likely get one on the house. But if you want to improve your odds of getting a good drink for free that isn’t watered down, the best thing to do is be friendly.
“Talk to your bartenders. Joke around, get to know them and if you are ordering all night, you will get a free round,” Johnston said.
And one way to be friendly and start a conversation is to recognize that bartending isn’t just a job, it’s craft. Chances are, the bartender has some interesting thoughts about it.
As Reader’s Digest
notes, many bartenders prefer to be labeled mixologists and enjoy discussing drinks they’ve invented and things they’ve learned while working.
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