Pregaming is an art form. It’s the gesso on the oil painting that is the rest of your night, which could end up as perfect as the “Mona Lisa” or like a poor imitation of a Jackson Pollock piece. Either way, it all starts with those first few drinks. Respect the pregame, partiers, and adhere to these: The 10 Holy Commandments of Pregaming.
Thou shalt take it easy.
Remember: The pregame is not the party. This isn’t the time to go out of control or shamelessly confess your love to your crush of the night. Save that for the actual party, when everyone is on the same level of turnt as you. Make sure your pregame dial is set to a 6 or 7—not a 10.
Thou shalt not fall asleep.
As much as the pregame is not the time to be off-the-wall nuts, it’s also not nap time. You might regularly crawl into bed at 10 p.m. on a weeknight, but on a Saturday, 10 p.m. is just the beginning. Use the pregame to snap out of your usual circadian rhythm. Incorporate some energy drinks or caffeine into your chasers—whatever you need to keep yourself awake.