In the city, time is precious, which is why any event that hopes to be attended will try to lure you there with free booze. We've had free booze at charity events, the theatre, trade shows, office parties, and library fundraisers. When you fall on hard times, keep your ear to the ground. Of course, you don't want to go to your friend's work event only to hear vendors drone on using jargon you don't know, but if you have the opportunity to get drunk on some top shelf gin and tonic, and the only alternative you can afford is Mad Dog 20/20, it might be time to put on your best blazer and mingle. Remember: In the city it is not a question of if there is free booze, but a question of where there is free booze.