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How to get free water from Vancouver clubs and bars

DH Vancouver Staff Oct 24, 2008 7:30 pm

Clubgoers have noticed that in the past few years bartenders have increasingly been avoiding serving free water. I mean, why would they, when they can charge $3 per bottle to the drunk? Some bartenders even outright refuse to serve free water making excuses like “we don’t have any.. do you want to buy a bottle?” Well, Money J Skeets is here to help with a tried, true and tested idea on how to beat the system.

The key is to have a good relationship with the bartender. It’s important to establish this early on in the night. When ordering your first free water or purchasing your first drink, be sure to tip the bartender generously. You will notice that when you go back to the same bartender you will be greeted in priority and offered better service. Even when being served free water, take out a bunch of coins from your pocket and throw them in the tip jar. My favourite tactic is to explicitly hold coins in my hand while leaning over asking for water. Sometimes, you may even tip before asking, forcing a free-water contract. Obviously, be sure not to tip more than what a bottle of water is worth otherwise there’s no point in this… Also, always explicitly ask for a “glass” of water and not just “water,” otherwise you’ll have a bottle sitting in front of you.

Tipping has other perks as well. It can lead to free drinks, thicker shots or even the bartender’s number!

Try it next time. Tip your bartender… and get free water.

DH Vancouver Staff
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