How to Play Drink Stay Still Can Game

Drink Stay Still Can game works brilliant as an icebreaker game. After all, it is not only prompt discussion and competition, but you get to be drinking something awesome at the same time.

Let us talk you through one of our favorites of these games.

Features of Drink Stay Still Can Game

 ★  Game Name Drink Stay Still Can Game
 ★  Group size any
 ★  Age any (adults preferably)
 ★  Type stationary
 ★  Skill balance
 ★  Place indoor and outdoor
★  Time up to 10 – 15 min
 ★  Preparation no
 ★  Materials drinks (bottles or cans)

Aim of The Game

The aim of this game is to balance an opened can of drink on your hand or diagonally. We envision this game as a sort-of relay race.

The group will be split up into teams. The aim is for all players in that team to balance their drink can. However, a team member cannot start to do this unless the previous person in their team has managed it.

Group Size and Age

While this game was probably devised for adults with cans of beer in tow, this game is perfect for people of all ages. Although, if it is kids playing this game, you will definitely want to give them some soft drinks (like Pepsi or Coke) instead.

This game works well for groups of all sizes. All you need to do is ensure that the group can be split up into even-sized teams. While we are going with the assumption that you will be running this game in two teams, there are no real restrictions on the number of teams, just that the teams are equal in size.

Preparation and Needed Materials

Not much preparation will go into this game. You just need to ensure:

  • Everybody knows the rules of the game (more on that in a short while!)
  • Everybody has an unopened can of drink that is exactly the same size.
  • You have split everybody up into teams.
  • Paper towels for cleaning up spilled drinks afterwards!

How to Play Drink Stay Still Can Games

The rules for this game are pretty simple. This is why it would work well as an adult game. It is dead simple to understand, even when you may be somewhat intoxicated.

We are going to assume that you will already have split people up into even teams, and each person has their drink can ready:

  • Put each team into a line or, as close to being in a line as space allows. People just need to know which order they are drinking their drink in.
  • As soon as the game starts, the first person in the team will drink around 2/3rds of their drink. 
  • Once they have consumed enough of the drink, they straighten their right or left arm and balance the can on the back of the hand for 3-5 seconds.
  • Once the can has been balanced properly, the next person can open and drink their drink.
  • This process continues until one team has ‘finished’.

That is pretty much it. You can vary the rules so it is less of a relay and more people competing against each other one on one.

However, we feel that this game works well as an icebreaker. This means teams work best. It encourages discussion and lighthearted competitive play.

Alternative Versions 

People should have access to a flat surface, preferably a table. So, they can balance it diagonally on the edge.

We are not going to go into the science behind it, but a drink, when enough of the liquid has been consumed (about 2/3rds of the can) can be balanced at an angle. The bottom of the can touches the table, and then it is tilted so one side of the base is ‘raised’. The intention is for everybody playing the game to be able to do this.