As many of you know, I'm working in Northern Virginia. I live in DFW so I spend a whole lot of time in hotels. I've found the secret to getting free drinks. 1. Sit at the bar. You need to be close to the bartender so you can hold a conversation. I'm pretty sure it only works if you are sitting by yourself. 2. Don't be demanding. When the bartender asks you what you want, tell him but say something like "When you get a chance." 3. Keep a running conversation with the bartender. 4. Tip well so they remember you. After all, if you get a free drink, putting 50% of the cost of that drink into the tip still gives you a 50 % discount. That's it. I'm not a prick and I'm nice to the bartender and almost 100% of the time, I get free drinks. Tonight I had four drinks but was only charged for 2. I'm about as introverted as you can get so I wasn't holding a huge phony conversation with the bartender, just making comments. I don't go into a place trying to get a free drink but it happens more often than not.