You know how animals converge at waterholes during the dry season? If you think about it, bars are kind of like that. They're where social animals go to quench their literal and figurative “thirst.” If you are the type that doens't really get out much, but are game enough for a night out, then maybe a bar where you can meet some folks is for you. Talk about neutral territory when you're given the opportunity to chat up the ladies. Let’s get you started.
Dude, just walk up to her
That’s one small step for you, one giant leap for mankind. You can try “Hi,” or if you’re braver, go for the two-syllable winner “Hello.” It’s really that easy. What can make or break you is your supporting statement.
Do take no for an answer
A no is a no. It’s not “try again later when I’m drunk.” It’s okay. You’re not going to die from "no." Don’t look desperate. According to science and statistics, women outnumber men. A single no only means another yes is still out there for you.
Don't say “You’re beautiful” or “You’re hot”
No matter how enamoured you are at the sight of this majestic creature, don’t outright say it—that's a bit creepy, bro! Of course, lay on the compliments, but don't go for the haymaker straight away. Think thrice before saying anything that might potentially freak her out.
It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it
You can talk about a plethora of things, but it’s more important that you hold the conversation the right way. Make eye contact, crack jokes occasionally, don’t talk negatively about yourself or other people, and really pay attention. A few tips: Sit up straight, look relaxed, and don't let your eyes wander (if you know what we mean).
Avoid sensitive topics
Her sense of humor might not be the same as yours, keep your radar on. Human rights, politics, religion, sexuality—save these topics for when you're really close already. But at the onset, don’t expect she’s into the same things as you. Before you jump to the next topic, watch for body language. One-word answers, side glances to her friends that translate to SOS, crossed arms, or if she looks like she’s preparing to run away—it's time to choose another topic.
Don’t buy a drink and approach her with it
Don’t offer to buy a drink off the bat, too. If you dare before even talking, you know the saying “Pag may alak, may balak,” right? The goal is to feel good, look good, and meet more people. Don’t scare her away.
Assuming you got her interested, now’s the opportune time to get her a drink. The safest, non-awkward offer she’ll probably take up is if you buy her an ice cold bottle of San Mig Light. With its light feel and low calorie count, you’re sure to have a mahaba-habang inuman with her.