Tipping. You tightwads aren’t going to like this. Tip well, very well. Most bartenders get about a dollar a drink in tips. Even if the drink is $13, they still get a dollar. Tip at least twenty percent for the price of each drink. She’ll remember you for that.
Wash, rinse, and repeat. Make sure you show up for the next couple of weeks during her shifts. Make sure you don’t hit on her, but try to get to know her better. Continue to tip well. Then, disappear for a week. Give her a chance to miss her cash cow. Oh, and she will miss you.
The payoff. After you’ve developed a decent relationship with her, you’ll be viewed more as a friend than a client, so to speak. She’ll be giving you free shots here and there. She’ll be leaving those extra beers off of your tab. In no time, you would have received enough free drinks to make up for the money and time you invested in your bartender friend earlier on. As a matter of fact, you’ll probably be able to get into the bar for free, if there’s cover. She’ll look out for you, because she knows you’ll look out for her. Keeping you around will be good for her personal business. And hanging out with her will give you a much needed break in your money spent on alcohol.