How to Make Friends with a Bartender
Turn your favorite bar into a home away from home.
You will need
- Neighborhood watering hole
- Good attitude
- Good joke or bit of trivia (optional)
Step 1 Smile & wait patiently Approach the bar, smile, and—most importantly—wait patiently for the bartender to approach.
Step 2 Be polite Be polite. The bartender is a server, not a servant.
Step 3 Make conversation If he isn’t busy, make some conversation. Avoid lengthy philosophical treatises in favor of a funny story from your workday or a recap of a great book you just read.
Share a fun bit of trivia or a good joke. Bartenders love to pass them on and will appreciate a customer who provides new material.
Step 4 Be upbeat Be upbeat. Contrary to popular belief, pouring out your troubles to the person pouring your pint is not always appropriate.
Step 5 Don't be a pest If the bartender is busy, don’t be a pest or chatter incessantly while he or she is trying to turn out drinks. Keep in mind that the server is at work.
Step 6 Tip generously The quickest way into a bartender’s good graces is a generous tip!
Don’t ask for free drinks. A bartender can’t always provide them and won’t look kindly on someone who always has his hand out.
Step 7 Invite him out To seal the deal, ask him or her to join you and your friends for a nightcap…at another bar, of course.
The term ‘happy hour’ originated on U.S. Navy vessels as slang for the time set aside for evening entertainment.