Drinking games are fun, but they can also make you feel really drunk.
And, to be honest, they’re a lot less interesting if you’re not drunk.
That’s the premise behind the “drink with me” game, a game of social deduction that’s now a popular activity among young adults and is gaining ground in restaurants across the country.
The idea is simple: Sit at a table with friends and ask them to list the most interesting things they’ve seen, ate or heard about.
After a while, you’ll likely discover that you’re actually drunk, which is what you thought you were, at least until you tried the game on.
(In fact, the game’s creator, James “Jazzy” Zawada, says the goal of the game is to give drinkers a taste of their own medicine, and he says the game has been wildly popular with bartenders.)
In fact, when asked about the game, some bartenders have said they have found that when they try it with friends, they actually feel like they’re inebriated.
But what makes this social deduction game so appealing is that, while it’s not easy to tell the difference between a drink with friends (especially if you’ve never met the person who asked you to list) and one with strangers, it’s actually quite simple.
So how does this game work?
“It’s very much a one-to-one game,” says Zachary Cattani, a 21-year-old bartender from Winnipeg who started drinking games when he was 16.
“It kind of makes you feel like you’re in a game, but you’re also not,” he adds.
And the game isn’t just fun, it also gives bartenders an outlet to show off their bartending skills.
(He says he’s had a few clients request that he join them for drinks.)
“It really gets people to see you, you know, what your bartending is like,” Cattian says.
“And it’s a really good way to show that you have a skill that people look at when they’re judging you.”
For example, in the game you ask friends to list what they think of a dish they’ve had at a restaurant, and if you don’t get the dish right, you’re out of luck.
In a similar vein, you could ask someone if they think a drink is delicious, and you could also ask them if they like a certain dish.
“You don’t want to just list something like, ‘Oh my God, this is good,'” says Zawadas.
“What if you list, ‘What are you eating for lunch?’?” And if they don’t like the dish, you can even ask them how they would feel if they tried it at home.
“That’s really how it works,” says Cattan.
“People feel really comfortable asking for advice.”
One way bartenders can make their drinks more interesting is to include drinks that are similar to those that they’ve been drinking at the restaurant.
For example: They could list the same dish but instead of adding a spoonful of butter to the dish and pouring it over it, add a spoon of cream.
Or they could include a salad, but instead, pour a few tablespoons of a creamy dressing over it and pour it over the salad.
And some bartending games, like “The Drinking Game of Thrones,” have the players pick between a sword and shield, or a wine glass and a plate.
In some of the games, they could also add some ice cubes to the wine and pour that over the wine.
If they want to make a splash, they can ask their friend to make an ice cream cone, a cake and a cookie.
“There’s a lot of really cool stuff that we could do with it,” says Zawsadas.
He adds that it’s possible to create a “boutique wine” that drinks with ice cubes.
“I’m a wine drinker and I’d love to drink some wine and see what happens.”
It’s not just bartenders who like to experiment with these games.
Zawads says there’s even been a few bartenders and servers who have tried drinking games at their own bar.
And one of them is a 17-year old girl from Winnipeg, who says that when she was younger, she and a friend would drink with their parents, and their parents would give them their favorite food, like chicken breast or steak.
She says she loved it and was even going to go to school with her dad.
She ended up going to college, but her dad never wanted her to go.
(The woman says she didn’t know the difference.)
“When I went to college at 18, I did a lot more drinking,” she says.
Now she’s a bartender at a bar in Edmonton.
“A lot of people have a problem with alcohol,” she adds.
“So I’ve been