An easy way to make light conversation, or meet new people, can be to have a few simple bar games up your sleeve.
This first one starts with 8 coins of any denomination. The goal is to create two connected lines of no more than 4 coins per line, while using all of the coins. “Connected” means that each of the lines need to share at least one coin between them. Just lay the coins down on the table and let your new friend puzzle over it a bit. Most folks will often come up with something like this:
That’s close! It’s two lines, and they’re properly connected, but the one line has 5 coins, not 4. The answer is to think three dimensionally:
By overlapping the two lines, they’re sharing coins, and you only have 4 per line. Yeah, you could probably get into some arguments about the rules here, but it’s a bar trick, remember?
Next, grab 6 of the little cocktail straws every bar usually has. Paper ones are fine. Or even normal straws. Or toothpicks. Whatever. Lay three of them down to form a triangle. Then, explain that the goal is to use all 6 of them to create 4 identical triangles. Again, let your new friend puzzle over them for a bit.
The trick, again, is to go three dimensional.
See, pencils work, too! So do matches.
Anyway… do you have any similar bar tricks you’d like to share?