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Bar Games

Bar Games

Date: Jun 04 2010

Themes: Hobbies, Party

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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A lot of things are more fun after you’ve had a beer or two. Maybe that’s why bar games are so popular. In bars and pubs, you can find all kinds of ways to amuse yourself, from competitive games like darts and pool, to games you can play by yourself as you try to drown your sorrows, like pinball. Find out which games Devan and Jeff think go well with a drink.


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Devan:  I was thinking about going and playing pool tonight. Are you good at pool?

Jeff:  Sometimes. Usually after a couple drinks.

Devan:  Yeah, you have to have the perfect amount of booze in you and then you can play just right?

Jeff:  It’s a fine line to walk.

Devan:  Do you like any other bar games, like do you like to play darts or ping pong or foosball?

Jeff:  Ping pong’s fun, but not usually at a bar. It’s a little out of control.

Devan:  Yeah, have you ever had a bar game get ugly? Like playing with a stranger, get in a fight?

Jeff:  No, I can’t say I have.

Devan:  It seems like you could be walking a fine line there when you’re drinking alcohol and you’re playing competitive games. It seems like that could be really fun, or it could become really competitive and drinking can like alter your mental state so that you might start getting more competitive than you should be.

Jeff:  That’s always a risk.


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Devan is planning to play pool, which is a common bar game. Jeff sometimes enjoys playing pool, but usually only after he has had a couple drinks. Some people think that a drink helps them loosen up and play better. But if you drink too much, it can have the opposite effect and make you a worse player.

Devan asks Jeff if he has ever gotten in a fight over a bar game. He hasn’t, but he agrees that drinking and playing competitive sports could be a dangerous combination.

What bar games are popular in your country? Do you enjoy playing darts, pool, foosball, or ping pong? Do you think drinking could help people play better?



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pool is poor…..haha…..just a joke XD

10:28 AM Jun 04 2010 |




in the point of my view ,drinking is like to suicide slowly.

10:00 AM Jun 04 2010 |



Pool is the most popular bar game in my country . I think if you drink a couple of drinks you will enjoy playing and you will have more fun. But take care ,not too much drink or you will be out of control!!!!!!

08:55 AM Jun 04 2010 |


Viet Nam

Pool is the most popular in my country. We also play Foosball, but it's not very common game. 

I don't like alcohol, and i think it's not good at all.

08:55 AM Jun 04 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

pool is good , I think that drink will make you worse .

07:08 AM Jun 04 2010 |




I like to have a beer and play pool, sometimes it's fun. In Brazil, at least in my hometown, we don't have a lot of games at a bar, usually we got only pool table, but over here in USA, there're a lot of different games to play it at the bar.

05:47 AM Jun 04 2010 |



In china, People often played dices and cards after or during drinking in bar.

03:14 AM Jun 04 2010 |




In Brazil, we dont have bar games with a lot of kind of games. We have only bars with billiards (pool). I think alcohol can prejudice players. 

01:29 AM Jun 04 2010 |

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