Eyes Down, Eyes Up

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This entertaining drinking game was created by one of our inventive readers, and simply calls for a pint glass, a pack of cards and a group of friends in order to take part and enjoy. Oh… and lots of beer or other drinks!

How to Play

At the start of the game, one player (it doesn’t matter who) is given the job of dealer. They will look after the deck of cards and be in charge of controlling the game. All the players sit around the table with their drinks, with the pint glass in the middle.

When everyone is ready, the dealer’s shouts “Eyes Down!”. At this point, all the players must look down towards the floor or table. A few seconds later, the dealer shouts “Eyes Up!”, and all the players must look up at another player. If any two players meet eye contact (this can be more that one pair), the dealer takes a card from the top of the deck and turns it face up on the table.

Each card in the deck is given a name and a resulting action, as shown in the following table:

Card Name Action
2 Two The people who make eye contact must take 2 sips.
3 Three The people who make eye contact must take 3 sips.
4 Floor Everyone must reach to the floor, the last person to touch the floor loses and has to drink.
5 Alive No action is taken – this is the only safety card in the game.
6 Shit Mix Everyone pours some of their drink into a pint glass to create the shit mix, then the pairs who made eye contact must each drink an equal portion of the pint.
7 Heaven Everyone must reach to the sky, the last person that reaches up loses and has to drink.
8 Pick a Date The people that met eye contact nominate someone else in the game to ‘date’. They link arms with this person, and begin drinking till they choose to stop; the date must match their drinking.
9 To the Left of Mine Each person must pass their drink to the person to the left of them, and then take a large swig of the drink that has been given to them, before passing it back again.
10 Men All the men must drink.
Jack Knock It Back The people that met eye contact must drink half (or all, depending on the house rules) a full drink.
Queen Be Mean The people that met eye contact must choose someone to down half (or all, depending on the house rules) a full drink.
King King Of The Hill The people that met eye contact must begin downing a full drink. The first person to finish is king of the hill and can choose someone else to do a shit mix.
Ace Waterfall One of the people who met eye contact will begin drinking (this person can be chosen by the toss of a coin, the highest card, rock paper scissors, etc). Once they begin drinking, the person to the left beings and so on until back round to the person who began. This person decides when to stop drinking, and once they’ve stopped the next person can stop (or they can choose to carry on for a while), and so on around the circle.

If you’re to the right of the person who begins the waterfall, you’re clearly in a bad position.

Once you’ve learnt the different actions for each card (you can print these out to make it easier), it’s a really simple game to play, and loads of fun.

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