When it comes to ordering, what you choose will make a small difference to your taste buds and a big difference to your wallet. For beer, Meadows says to order what's on draft, not in bottles. “You can get more than 200 beers out of a keg,” he says, so bars offer better deals on draft.
For mixed drinks, “always tell the bartender you want well,” Meadows says. When it comes to bar hierarchy, there's top shelf, middle range, and well. And while it falls in last place, it won’t taste different in a mixed drink – and it could “save you $5 to $12, depending on what you order.”
For wine, “always order the whole bottle,” Meadows says. While it may seem counterintuitive at first, “you can usually get five glasses out of a bottle, and bottles are typically priced at four glasses.” If you can split the bottle with someone else, you’ll get an even better deal.