Nothing beats a good night out at the pub with friends. Whether you’re playing pool, or just laughing and knocking back a few pints, it pays to have a few tricks up your sleeve to keep things interesting, and cheap, given the wages you’d win.
So here are 10 bar tricks you should know to impress others.
Number 10, the bottle and coin trick. This is one of the simplest and easiest tricks to prepare for. All you need is an empty bottle, some coins, like some quarters, and a banknote, all of which you should already have on you. To set this up, simply place the banknote on top of the bottle and hold it there by piling a few quarters on top of it. Three or four should do it.
Now ask your friends, or whomever you’re attempting to get a free drink out of, to remove the banknote without touching the coins or making the coins drop to the floor. Usually, they will just try to tug it, and inevitably fail continuously. But, that’s because hey don’t know the trick. When you feel like it’s time to show them how to do it, simply lick your finger, and quickly snap it down across the bill. The moisture on your finger will grab the bill and pull it out from under the change, leaving it right where it was.
This will take some practice on your part. So put some time in before you try it out in public. The same trick can also be done with a business card and a single penny positioned on top of it above the hole of the bottle. All you gotta do is flick the business card. It will fly away from the bottle, and drop the penny directly down the mouth and neck of the bottle.
You’re already on your way to impressing everyone. So keep that bottle handy. Number nine, balancing trick.
Grab an empty glass and challenge your friends to place a credit card on the rim of the glass whilst balancing a coin on one end of the card. It’s impossible, and they’ll fail every time, because they don’t know this trick. All you need to do is place as much liquid in the glass as possible, and then place the card on the rim. This time, the water tension will be enough to prevent the card from topping over as you place the coin on the other end. Number eight, note under the bottle trick.
This one is almost always guaranteed to confuse someone. So grab a bottle and a banknote. To set up, lay the note down on the table, and then place a bottle upside down on the top of the note.
Now, the challenge is to get the note out from under the bottle without touching the bottle or knocking it over. Try as they might, they aren’t going to be able to get it out from under there. Unless they know what you know, which is that pulling the bill is always going to knock it over, but rolling it won’t. Careful and steady hands are needed, so practice this one at home a bit first. If you start from the sides of the bill, and roll it forwards until you reach the neck, when you slowly pull the bill towards you to continue rolling, the bill should easily slide right out from under it. Again, practice makes perfect with this one.
Number seven, pickup glass trick. This is a relatively simple trick to perform and only needs a glass of any sort and two coins. After balancing the coins on opposite sides of the rim, challenge your friends to lift the glass by only using two fingers, and to not drop the coins. Most people won’t be able to do this. All you have to do, is quickly bring your fingers down on the coins, flattening them to the sides of the glass. You can then lift up the glass by holding the coins.
Another version of this trick involves asking your friends to remove the coins from the glass, without dropping them in the glass or on the floor, using only your thumb and index finger. Again, most people will not be able to think of a solution, and even if they manage the first bit, they’ll probably still have trouble. Proceed the same way, as if you were to pick up the glass, as described previously, but then pinch your fingers together and slide both coins to one side of the glass. Once the coins are almost touching, bring them up to the rim of the glass. Now you’ll have to flip one over the edge and inside the glass to complete this trick. So be careful not to drop it.
But once you’ve got the coin inside, and the other one on the outside, it’s just a simple matter of pulling up. And you’ve completed the trick. Number six, shot glass switch. For this one, you’ll need two shot glasses and a playing card or business card.
One shot glass filled to the brim with water, and another with whiskey or rum. Challenge your friends to move the whiskey into the water glass, and vice versa, without spilling any. They cannot pour it into another glass, or take it to their mouth and spit it back into the empty glass. After thinking it over for some time, they will inevitably give up.
This is when you produce the card and place it on top of the water glass. Now, simply turn it upside down and place it on top of the whiskey. What you now have to do is ever-so-slightly move the card until it just barely reaches the edge of two glasses, which should be directly on top of one another. Moving the card just a bit more, creates a minor break in the seal. However, since the water is heavier than whiskey, the water will slowly drain into the bottom glass and in turn, push the whiskey into the top glass.
It will take a few moments, so you’ve got time to take the money you bet your friend and watch their stunned expressions. Number five, the race. This trick is designed to score you free drinks. It’s also sneaky rather than fancy.
So, here’s what you’ll need. Grab two pints of beer and two shots. Also, you’ll need someone to race. You tell your opponent how much you love beer, and that you’re real quick at drinking beer. So quick in fact, that you’re sure you can drink two pints before they can drink two shots.
They’ll likely laugh at you and take that bet. This is the first step. You’ve got them interested, and they’re sure you’re going to lose. Then you hit them with the rules.
You want to lay out the rules slowly and naturally, so they don’t realize you’re tricking them. First, agree to no touching of the other person. Second, no touching the other glasses. Third, no double-fisting, you have to use one hand. Your opponent should easily agree to these rules.
Then you ask them for a bit of a headstart. Ask them if you can start drinking your beer first, and that they can start their first shot once your glass hits the table. They should take the bait. This is when you drink your pint. You don’t have to race it through though, but get it down fairly quickly. They should be watching you and maybe even laughing at how long it’s taking.
They won’t see this coming however. ‘Cause when you’re about done, remind them that they have to wait for the glass to come down, and then the real race starts. That’s when you turn you glass upside down and place it over your opponent’s shots. Then tell them, “You can’t touch my glasses. And I can’t touch yours.” You can take all the time you want with the other beer now, because they can’t get at the second shot.
It’s sneaky, but it’s funny when you can pull it off. Number four, cutting limes with cigarettes. For this trick, you’re going to need a lighter or matches, an everyday lime, and a cigarette.
However you go about explaining the situation to your friends, just explain that they need to cut this lime with a cigarette. Surely, they aren’t going to have any idea about how to actually do this, but it’s quite simple actually. So, here’s how it’s done. First, you need to take a cigarette and light its filter on fire. Let it burn for a few seconds, then squeeze it out, pinching down the end.
Squeeze it as tightly as possible, and get it as flat as you can. If you’ve done it right, the fiberglass filter will now be quite sharp and pointed. Give the cigarette filter a swing at the lime and you should be able to cut right through the skin. That’s how you cute a lime with a cigarette. Number three, alternating shots. For this trick, you need six shot glasses, three of them full.
You arrange three empty glasses in a line followed by three full shots. Then you tell your friends that they can only move one shot and it needs to make the whole line of shots alternate. Empty, full, empty, et cetera.
They’ll think about it, but ultimately they shouldn’t be able to figure it out. When they ask you how it’s done, simply grab the second full shot glass and pour it into the second empty glass. You’ve only moved one shot glass and now everything alternates. Number two, drinking out of a closed bottle. This cleverly-worded trick, only requires a closed wine bottle and a nearby shot of any liquid. All you have to do is tell someone that you can drink out of this bottle without opening it.
That means without removing the cork or breaking the glass. Thinking conventionally, it is impossible. But if you think out of the box, it is not.
Sure enough, they’ll call you a complete fool for even trying. And when they laugh and you go ahead and try it, you simply turn the bottle upside down where you find the punt. Pour some liquid into the punt and drink it. What you’ve just done is drank a shot from a still-closed bottle. Number one, beer into glass trick.
You’ll need a fresh beer, a glass, and a bendy straw for this one. Tell your friends that you can move the beer from the bottle into the glass without pouring it. Confused, they’ll ask you how it’s even possible? That’s when you put the straw into the bottle, put your mouth around the top and blow. Make sure you’ve got the glass under the bendy part of the straw, because the beer is going to be a fountain from there. You’ve just transferred your beer into a glass without even pouring it.
Some of these take a little more practice and effort than others. But one thing this guarantees, is that you’ll have a new trick up your sleeve for the next night out you have. So have fun, and if you learnt something new from this then make sure to give this video a like.