Free drinks always make a night out better, but you don’t have to cosy up to the bartender to get them. Instead, use these simple bar bets to pull one over on your friends (or other bar goers) and win yourself a free drink or two.
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While these are called “bets”, they often rely on you setting them up in a way that takes advantage of limits or rules that people tend to create for themselves. Then, when others can’t solve the bet, you swoop in and do it in a snap, leaving them with the drink tab. If you feel bad tricking your friends, or other bar goers, into buying you drinks, you can always use these for entertainment and skip the wager part.
There are endless bar bets out there, but these four don’t require much in the way of props and can work just as well with one person as with a whole group.
Props: Two pint glasses that are similar in size and shape. They should be able to have a little room between them when stacked.
The Bet: Set the stacked glasses in any way (on their side, upside down, and so on) and once you’ve placed them, separate them without touching them.
The Trick: Position the glasses on their side at the edge of the table, with the lip of the bottom glass resting just off the edge. The tops should be facing away from the table. Gently blow into the space between the stacked glasses and the top glass should slide out. Be ready to catch the top glass before it hits the floor.
Props: A straw, paper straw wrapper, and a glass with some water.
The Bet: Unwrap the straw by pushing the wrapper down the straw, making it nice and compact. The bet is to expand the wrapper using the straw, but you cannot touch the wrapper with the straw.
The Trick: Draw a couple drops of water into the straw, and drip them on the wrapper starting on one end. As the water hits the paper, it should expand.
Props: An empty beer bottle and a $5 note.
The Bet: With the empty beer bottle balanced upside down on the note, remove the note without knocking the bottle over. You cannot touch the bottle. Have someone be ready to catch the bottle in case it does get knocked over.
The Trick: Slowly roll the note, gently pulling it as you roll. It should move towards you, and eventually be completely free of the bottle.
Riddle Me This
The Bet: You can put something in the person’s weaker (non-dominant) hand that they can’t lift with their stronger hand.
The Trick: Put the elbow of their stronger hand/arm in their weaker hand.