"At Koi, I informed them when making the reservation that it was my birthday weekend and was seated at a banquette by the window and received a personalized, comp dessert. Went to Krave (hated it BTW) using text messages to get in without paying cover."
"Never did get the free drink(s)/shot(s) I thought would come my way by telling the bartenders it was my birthday, but they probably hear variations of 'can I have a free drink because...' hundreds of times a shift. Although I did meet up with a couple of Chicago friends who were out there at the same time who bought me drinks on Friday night."
Happy belated birthday, Anderguy! If anyone has any tips to share with him about how to score free drinks the next time around, pass 'em along in the comments below!