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8 Bar Bets That Will Score You a Free Drink

8 Bar Bets That Will Score You a Free Drink


A long night of drinking can take a toll on your wallet. We say “can” and not “will” because there’s something you can do about it. If you’re looking to save a couple of bucks the next time you hit up the local watering hole, here are a few tricky ways to do so. Make a few bets and you’ll walk out with your wallet full and your body all liquored up.

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Smoking Fingers

Forget winning any bets, this just looks awesome. That said, if you want to score yourself a drink, just bet someone you can rub your fingers together with so much force that they will actually start smoking. Then wash your hands and drink up.

The Whisky Water Trick

Phrase the bet however you’d like, just be prepared to drop some kickass science on your unsuspecting victim. The only downside is you’ll probably end up spilling some whisky in the process, so it is a slightly tragic trick.

Put a Coin in the Bottle

Next time you have an empty and are in need of a fresh bottle, grab a toothpick and pull off this little trick. Simply set it up like shown in the video and bet your friend that you can get the coin into the bottle without touching it, the toothpick, or the bottle and without blowing on it. What seems impossible is actually quite easy once you know the trick. (Video)

Repeat After Me

This is so easy it’s almost laughable. That said, find a friend who’s had one too many and he won’t be any the wiser. Just bet him he can’t repeat a few simple things you are going to do and, if he’s not too keen, he’ll owe you the next round.

Three Pints vs Three Shots

This is one of those tricks that once you see how it’s done, you’ll slap your forehead. Just bet someone you can finish three pints of beer before they can down three shots. Just make sure you can down one beer in a respectable amount of time and you should be all set for victory.

Lighter Under the Bottle

There’s nothing here that requires crazy ingenuity, just some knowledge and quick hands. Place an empty beer bottle atop a lighter (like the one shown in the video) and bet someone you can remove the lighter without touching the bottle while still keeping the bottle upright. What seems fairly difficult is actually pretty easy with a bit of practice.

Trapped Coin

You’ll need a small box of matches, a lighter, and a coin to pull off this bet, but it’s worth the preparation. Not only will it score you a shot, but it will impress the person you just scammed. Enough to stop them from decking you? That we’re not sure of.

Magic Jumping Toothpick

The magic jumping toothpick is, well, magical. At least after you’ve had a few double IPAs. Bet someone that you can make the one toothpick jump up and down without moving the hand it’s resting on. Then just stand clear cause you’re about to have blown bits of mind all over you.