10 Tips for Effectively Hitting on a Bartender

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Expert advice you'll want to brush up on before Friday night
10 Tips for Effectively Hitting on a Bartender
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10 Tips for Effectively Hitting on a Bartender

6) Remember to Tip!
It may seem weird to give money to someone you're trying to hook up with, but bartenders can tell a lot about a person by how well they tip. A good tipper (which usually constitutes at least $2 per drink) is obviously used to going out and is respectful of a bartender's job. "It shows that you are able to pay for your own, go to bars on your own, and can take care of yourself," Maier says.

7) Show That You're Having a Good Time
Smiling makes you more attractive to everybody, but especially bartenders. The whole point of their job is to create a fun and positive experience in their bar, and they appreciate knowing it's working. "Just shoot a cute smile my way while you say, 'This tastes great,' or if you are sneaky, try to smile at me as I glance back at you to see if you need another drink," Maier suggests.

8) Don't Take Up a Barstool If You Aren't Drinking
You've been flirting and talking for a while, but the bar is still as busy as ever and it's time for you to switch to water. The best thing you can do at this point is to give up your bar seat to someone who will continue to buy drinks (and therefore make your bartender money). Quit while you're ahead!

9) Leave Your Number
"Leave your number on the credit card slip. And your name. Maybe write something cute like, 'Thanks for getting me drunk.' Maybe even a smiley face if you are feeling up to it."

But, if you leave your number, be cool about it. "Do not say, 'YOU BETTER CALL ME hahahahaha!'. It is embarrassing. For me and you. Just leave your number and that's that."

10) The Bonus Move That Bartenders Love
Maier swears by one trick that's bound to make any bartender remember you. "If you really want me to remember you, when you come by again on a busy night, bring me a Red Bull. I will swoon hard over this. You see I need energy for extended hours and you want to help. Boom. True love."

— Chiara Atik, How About We

 

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