Each port has a lounge in which you can talk to the patrons. Some patrons have customers that need a ride to a different port and will pay you $3,000 per hop plus a bonus if you are fast. Some patrons have customers that need to reach a port in dangerous territory and will pay you to escort them. Talking to the barkeep (by buying drinks) will result in various tomes of wisdom. The barkeep may tell you the last person to visit the port, the location of an artifact or various hints about the game. Purchase the most expensive drink if you want the best information. On average, after you purchase ten of the bars most expensive drinks, you will receive half off inn rates at that starport until the system ends.