How to Go Out and Have Fun without Going Broke
Going to five bars in one night and buying drinks at each one can create a deficit in your wallet faster than people move from dancing to making out to sex in Berghain. Remember, every act done in order to save money is justifiable by the excuse, “Whatever- I’m a student, or, “Whatever – I have to work for my money,” or, “Whatever- my boyfriend/girlfriend/parents works hard for the money I spend.”
If money grew on trees perhaps humans would be more environmentally cautious and preservational about forests, which are all too rapidly dwindling. As the second contingency is dependent on a faulty first suggestion, it is really not going to help anyone. However, these tips about saving money when you go to party at night just might help you out a little bit.
The best resource for creating inebriation without causing irreparable monetary damage is home purchased alcohol. What better way to prepare for a night out then gathering all of your friends, each equipped with a nice bottle of wine, and playing drinking games for an hour before heading out for the night? This can be continued walking towards your destination or riding the S-Bahn, in fact right up until you reach the point of entry to your destination. Another option is to share a bottle and shots of Jaeger or some other drink of choice beforehand. Not only will you have such a buzz that you will not want to drink much more (hopefully,) but if you try that might just make you sick, which would also probably save some cash. Proceed to buy a drink in whatever place you visit, unless you already pay an entry fee in which case drinks are not necessitated, and you will have done your bank account a favor.
If you are bar or club hopping and need a pick-me-up between locations, stop at a local all-night Imbiss or train station kiosk for a little refreshment. More than you would pay in a grocery store for your drink, but far less than you would at a bar or club. Small enough bottles are sold that you should be able to find the right amount of liquid which you desire to imbibe. If you budget yourself, then you will force yourself into wiser money spending habits.
If this does not pan out, you can always resort to asking your bartender to go heavy on the alcohol. There is also the classic flirt-with-the-bartender-for-free-drinks ploy but that is never a guarantee, and indeed in busy places is scarcely possible, but is a classic nevertheless. This should be saved as a last resort, and can be substituted with flirting with another person in attendance at said soiree in order to lure them into buying you a drink. Your level of shamelessness is commensurate with your chances of receiving free drinks.
One of life’s pleasures is going out, but one of them is not going broke.