Bar Game Basics

When I began my game journey, there were no major forums or Facebook groups (there was no Facebook, just MySpace). I found all my early wings on Gumtree or Craiglist. It was genuinely underground at that time.

There was no such thing as day-game. There was no such thing as even a direct opener. Game was a long drawn out charade of an initially wholly indirect nature. It was enormously effective but it took skill and charm to execute properly. My early crew and I spent a good long five years doing ‘game’ in London. That meant indirect bar game. As wholly different to street-pickup as you can imagine. In fact, in my opinion is a hack. A short-cut. It’s an enormously effective one and you’d be crazy not to take it.

If you want results, day-game is king. If you want genuine skill as a pickup artist, then you need to learn night game too.

The whole idea of night game is that you use a static environment with a fairly stable base of actors. If there are 100 people in the bar, over the course of the hour or two, you’re likely going to have the same core of 80 people you’re working with.

Because the environment is static, you have time to raise your value in the target’s eyes before you open her.

You don’t have to, you have the opportunity to.

Nowadays, night game, good night game, is as rare as a tolerant Socialist. I see guys doing ‘night game’ now and it’s little more than normal chode game with some cockiness and negs thrown in or worse, just street game in a bar. Night game is a lost art. It’s like Latin. But if you’re interested and you can’t be bothered reading the Mystery Method, then you’re a fool, but is a simple night game method.

You don’t have to do it this way, it’s just a loose rough and ready plan.

One: Suitable Bar

You need to find a bar, not too loud, with a nice blend of seated and standing areas and with a selection of targets. Not every bar is good for game. It’s an art in itself selecting the correct environment.

Two: Entrance

Walk in and don’t scan the bar for skirt. Be mildly laughing and jovial with your crew ideally mid conversation about something humorous. Not too over the top like some over excited hyenas. Order drinks and try to have some kind of brief banter with the barman. OK, if you really must, you can high five the bar man.

Three: Set Up Camp

These doesn’t mean you start doing Frankie Howerd impersonations. No, set up camp in some space which is largely visible. To begin with be fully focused on your crew. If you think about it, your feet should initially all point at each other. Be happy and relaxed for a minute or two. Do not scan the bar for skirt, but look over each others shoulders and try to soak in an idea of what the battle ground looks like. Who are the allies, targets and obstacles? There are two kinds of sets. Target sets and pawn sets. A target set is one with a girl you want. A pawn set is one you simply want to use in order to get into a target set.

Four: First Pawn

Open a pawn set, ideally a set of guys. Anything will do, how many local football teams are there? Is there a game we can see this weekend? Most likely the lads will want to tell you they are fans of such a club and the other club are scumbags. Try to have a light, fun and fairly high energy conversation. Just assume that your target is watching everything you do – even if you don’t have a target in mind yet. All she sees now is the fun guy who is not sharking for skirt. He’s the cool guy, the Jack the lad, who everyone loves.

Don’t overstay your welcome on the first set. You ideally want to keep it balanced in that atmosphere where it’s not weird if you stay, but it’s not real if you roll off at any moment. You don’t want to be stuck for an hour talking to some Middlesbrough fan about who the best English centre back is.

Five: Second Pawn

With an idea where your targets are, try to drift towards them. Open another pawn set, maybe this time with some women in. If there are women in the set, gently DHV yourself. You want women to be interested in you. Assume that women sense when other women like a guy. It’s a pre-selection switch.

You may see target sets showing an interest. You may not. Either way, don’t think no one is watching. While you may see no fireworks or thumbs up for your efforts, people do notice.

Always assume a hot girl you like is watching.

Six: The Target Set

Open a target set. If you’re getting interest, you can be direct and simply say ‘Hi, I’m Jimmy’. It’ll open. If you’re not, try an indirect opener. It doesn’t have to be much since you’re perceived as the warm end of the pool. ‘Are you guys tourists’ is a good enough indirect opener at times. Remember it’s not the words that matter, it’s the vibe you have set up. You’re the freewheeling banter pack. It would be social ineptitude for any girl to be rude to be the guys who are the warm end of the pool. In the target set, doonn’t focus initially on the girl you want.

Seven: Build attraction

Do this for 5 to 10 minutes until your target notices you, then start to switch your attention to her. Don’t go too keen too soon, bait her to talk about herself and slowly show interest in her.

Eight: Hit on her

At some point you have to make a call that you’ve done enough that the girl likes you, at that point, just go old school and hit on her. Don’t get too chasey or sleazy. Just be honest and escalate from there.


Be creative. Use situational variables to your advantage. If someone walks in dressed as a storm-trooper, befriend him, buy him a shot in exchange for photos. Drag people into photos.

Be overheard as well as seen. So important. Remember that what you say to Dave may be overheard by Sally. Use this gambit wisely. Let Sally overhear that you’re a great guy before you open her. This is the whole point of what you’re doing – raise your value before the opener.

Don’t expect anything. It doesn’t work every time. It works about 1 in 4 if you’re reasonably good. There are situational variables that can always scupper you.

A brief example of basic bar game can be found here.

If you want to learn bar game fully then simply buy the Mystery Method. The Mystery Method is two very important things:

One: An explanation of evolutionary biological drives, how they apply to the dating market and how to use this knowledge to your advantage.

Two: A structured method for managing the social dynamics of a bar environment to allow you to manipulate these evolutionary drives.