Get a Busy Bartender’s Attention. The bartender does not hate you. He just wants patience. And a tip.
1. Pick your spot well. The best place to stand is at the bartender’s station, where he’s actually mixing the drinks. The farther you are from the station, the longer you’re likely to wait.
2. Have your money in your hand where the bartender can see it, and avoid gesturing. Keep looking at him; he’ll make eye contact when he can. Did we mention no gesturing? That’s important. You’re not trading pork bellies.
3. Tip well – at least 20 percent – or be prepared to wait (and wait and wait) for your next round.