No one should buy their own drinks on their birthday. And besides getting freebies from your obliging friends, plenty of bars will give you a free birthday drink or two if you sign up to their newsletter. If you plan ahead, you can turn that free drink into a free bar crawl.
It's Evil Week at Lifehacker, which means we're looking into less-than-seemly methods for getting shit done. We like to think we're shedding light on these tactics as a way to help you do the opposite, but if you are, in fact, evil, you might find this week unironically helpful. That's up to you.
To get started on your birthnday pub crawl list, search Yelp for "free birthday drinks" (here are the Sydney NSW results) or google "birthday drink" and your city to find a list from your local blog or newspaper.
and now my technique of signing up to the mailing list of every pub i go into starts to pay off pic.twitter.com/lgKiuZH3Cw
— skelethom (@thwphipps) August 29, 2017
Of course, now you're signed up to a truckload of newsletters. Just assign them all to a folder and when the time comes, search that folder for "birthday" — or create a filter to delete all the newsletters that don't contain "birthday."
The same works for free birthday food, of course, though most of us can only manage two or three free meals in a day. Beyond food, there's a wide range of complimentary or discounted exercises classes, massages, beauty and grooming treatments, etc. that will come your way on your birthday if you sign up to the right newsletters.
You could give half the newsletters a fake date so you can do this twice a year. But once you start faking birthdays, it's a slippery slope to being that arsehole who bought 365 Starbucks cards for a free daily "birthday drink." Plus you could get caught if you get carded.
Birthdays are great. Sure, you have to deal with the feeling that you’re another year older but it’s not all bad! There are a huge amount of places that will give you FREE STUFF on your birthday, which really helps stave off that crushing feeling of aging for a little longer. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals you can find to celebrate your birthday!