How to trick your bartender into pouring a taller drink
There is nothing, in this economy, like a tall, stiff drink at the end of a work day.
There may be one way, however, you can nudge your way to a little free booze at a bar, even if you don’t have the musk of Jon Hamm or the body of Betty White.
All it takes is a little behavioural economics.
If you’re not the kind to flirt with a bartender, getting respect when you’re belly-up can be tough. But try this little ruse:
According to the book Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink, the author explains how the shape of a glass greatly affects how much liquid we pour into it.
By a study cited in the tome, Wansink notes that you or I or bartenders tend to skimp on the amount we pour into tall, long glasses, while it may well be Niagara Falls when stouter glasses are used.
How much more gets put in shorter, fatter glasses? As much as 20 to 30 per cent more, according to the study.
So cover up that tramp stamp and take the motorcycle helmet off the bar. In order to con your way into some free alcohol at a bar, try asking for your booze to be poured into a short, fat glass and see if the con pays off.
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money