Typically, paying your tab is the only part of a night out at a bar that isn’t fun. But there are ways to inject a little joy into even this most painful of tasks, namely by turning the check into a game. While these games range from tests of skills to absolutely random, they all make settling up just a tad more bearable. Win and you may walk away with a free drink. Lose and you’ll have to pay for your own drinks plus those of your companions (but at least you’ll have some fun in the process).
Credit Card Roulette
If you can’t find a fair way to pick who has to pay, let lady luck decide. Everyone must place a credit or debit card in a hat or empty bag. One card is chosen at random and is charged with the full tab. If lady luck isn’t available (i.e., if you don’t have a proper receptacle for your cards), your server can step in. Give all of the cards to your server and let them pick one at random to front the bill. Just try not to hold it against this innocent barkeep if your card gets picked. There are even apps like Credit Card Roulette and Pay Roulette to digitize the process.