As a sport that often involves socializing and camaraderie, bonspiels have a reputation for being a fun and welcoming activity both on and off the ice. Some curlers enjoy adding a bit of extra excitement to their games with drinking games, where players imbibe certain amounts of alcohol based on the outcome of each shot or end.While drinking games can be a fun way to add some levity to a game, it’s important to remember that alcohol should always be consumed responsibly, and that players should never feel pressured to participate in any drinking games they’re not comfortable with. Participants should be of legal drinking age. It is also essential to stay hydrated and avoid overconsumption of alcohol to prevent accidents and maintain a safe and fun environment for all participants.
“The Skip Cup”
This game involves placing a cup at the hog line and taking a drink every time a team misses the house. The skip can then take the cup and place it at the next end, and the game continues.
This game involves spinning a broom in the middle of the ice, and whoever it points at has to take a drink.
This game involves sliding a beer can or bottle down the ice towards a target. The person whose beer can or bottle lands closest to the target gets to choose someone else to drink.
In this game, each team chooses a designated “hammer” at the beginning of the game. Whenever the team with the hammer scores points, the opposing team must take a shot of their drink. If the team with the hammer scores a “big end” (four or more points in a single end), the opposing team must take two shots.
“Reverse Hammer Time”
In this game, instead of the opposing team taking a shot when the team with the hammer scores, the team with the hammer takes a shot. This can lead to some interesting strategic decisions, as the team with the hammer may choose to deliberately score fewer points in order to avoid taking shots.
It’s worth noting that while drinking games can be a fun addition to a curling match, they’re not appropriate for all age groups or skill levels. Additionally, curling is a sport that requires precision, focus, and teamwork, and too much alcohol can impair these abilities. As always, players should consume alcohol in moderation and never feel pressured to participate in any drinking games they’re not comfortable with.