29 Things Every Man Should Know

So how do you stack up?

In this list we’ve compiled 29 things every man should know how to do (but in many cases, doesn’t).

Ready to get started? Then let’s roll…

How to Throw a Punch#29. How to throw a punch. God forbid you ever have to use it… but it’s good to know how. Here are a few tips: swing with your shoulders (not your arms), never fully extend your elbow and – if possible – use the palm of your hand to prevent breaking your fingers (because you can hit that hard, right?).

#28. Know everything there is to know about…at least one band. One friend of mine knows EVERYTHING about the Red Hot Chili Peppers while another can argue convincingly why Metallica fell apart after “Load.” It doesn’t matter which band – just pick one and become the “go to” resource for your buddies.

#27. Spot a liar. Look for the following signs:

  • liars gladly change the subject (while innocent people will argue their innocence)
  • liars look up and to their right (this is where the “creative” aspects of your brain are – memory is to the left)
  • liars put things in between them and the accuser
  • liars rarely touch their chest
  • liars often repeat the question before answering
  • liars give fake smiles (if there aren’t crinkles around the eyes, it’s fake)

make a teepee campfire#26. Start a fire. Starting a fire requires three kinds of wood:

  • Tinder: small, dry twigs the size of your hand. Bark works well.
  • Kindling: long, thicker branches which can be easily broken in two
  • Fuel: large pieces of wood that cannot be broken by hand. These will keep your fire going for awhile.

Once you’ve rounded up the wood, create a pile of tinder and light it. Turn it occasionally to let air pass throughout (air is key to fire – without it you’re done for). Then add the kindling a few pieces at a time until the fire builds. Lastly, pile on the fuel wood and sure air passes throughout  (i.e. don’t stack the wood directly on top of the fire – either make a “teepee” or log cabin with it). Got a desire to make a fire in a hurry? Even more fire making ideas here from Art of Manliness.

#25. Speak a foreign language. Depending on where you live (and heritage) Spanish, French or Mandarin are the most useful for world travel.

#24. How to wax a car. Wax on, wax off grasshopper.

How to order a drink#23. Know your drink, and order without hesitation. Some classic examples: Old-Fashioned. Moscow Mule. Dirty Martini, filthy dirty, shaken with 3 blue-cheese stuffed olives. Jameson. Rocks. ‘Nuff said.

#22. Jumpstart a car. Every man should know how to do this, it’s simple and makes you look awesome.

  • Step 1: Pop the hoods of both cars. Make sure they’re both turned off.
  • Step 2: Attach the red cable to the positive end of the stalled battery.
  • Step 3: Attach the red cable to the positive end of the good battery.
  • Step 4: Attach the black cable to the negative end of the good battery.
  • Step 5: Attach the black cable to a clean, unpainted piece of metal on the stalled car (do NOT attach it to the battery as this can create sparks).
  • Step 6: Start the good car. Let it run for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Step 7: Start the bad car. Let it run for 20 – 30 minutes to ensure it’s working properly.

And that’s it!

#21. Tie a tie. No, not a bow tie (unless you’re Jim Rogers, they make you look foolish). Follow these instructions to tie the most popular versions.

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How to bench press your own weight

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#20. Bench press your weight. Simple, yet not many men can do it. If you’re huge like Arnold, that’s gotta be a LOT of weight bub.

#19. Sew. Sure, it may not seem manly, but it comes in handy. Whether you’re replacing suit buttons or patching together parachutes, we think sewing is pretty darn cool.

#18. Confidently swing a golf club.

#17. Use a chainsaw.

#16. Make one drink, in large batches, really well. If you’re throwing a serious party, you can’t stick yourself behind the bar all night (as fun as it may sound). Pick your favorite drink and learn to make it in Breaking Bad-esque quantities.

How article on grilling the perfect steak

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#15. Cook the perfect steak/burger. Follow these instructions for steak and these for grilling perfect burgers. Still not sure which grill is right for you? Read this buyers guide.

#14. Find your way out of the woods. First, note landmarks (mountains, power lines, etc.). Second, watch the sun – it sits in the south and moves west throughout the day. Alternatively, if you’re wearing a watch, point the hour hand towards the sun. The direction directly between the hour hand and the “12” on your watch is south.

Worst case: find water and head downstream. It will lead you to a large body of water and/or people.

Whiskey Glasses#13. Understand how to pair wine with food. This isn’t rocket science, but just the same this wine pairing guide from Food and Wine is hard to beat.

#12. Know, love and spread the gospel of brown liquor. From single malt Scotch to American whiskey brown liquor is the drink of choice for men.

#11. Swing a hammer like you mean it. Keep your grip loose and swing confidently. That’s about it.


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#10. Drive a stick shift/parallel park. Because you WILL have to at some point.

#9. Throw a spiral. Make sure the middle finger and the thumb are placed right below the white ring on the football. Keep your ring and little finger on the stitches. Point your foot towards your target and – while throwing – rotate your thumb towards your opposite thigh as you follow through. Your index finger should be the last thing touching the ball. Need more? Kurt Warner video here.

Cigar Ashtray#8. Properly light a cigar. Before you light your cigar, run the flame under the foot (the end you light) and rotate the cigar a few times. Don’t actually touch the flame to the cigar; at this point, you just want to warm up the tobacco first to ensure it will burn smoothly. Read more on selecting cigars here.

Then, hold the flame in front of the cigar (but again, not actually touching it) and gently rotate the cigar while inhaling a few times.

#7. Shoot free throws (and make them most of the time).

#6. Know your woman’s dress size. If you don’t know why this is important, just wait until you get married!

#5. Fry an omelet. Turn stove on high. Add butter (or olive oil, though butter is better) to a non stick pan. Crack eggs into a bowl and whip until your wrist hurts (the more air the better). Add the mixture to the pan and use a fork to gently pull outside of the cooked egg inwards. After a minute or two fold and serve.

How to pour a beer#4. Properly pour a beer. Tilt the glass towards you at a 45 degree angle and start pouring. Halfway through tilt the glass at a 90 degree angle (like you’d normally hold it) and pour straight down the center of the glass. A well poured beer has head – it releases the beer’s aroma.

#3. Explain the infield fly rule. This often misunderstood rule in baseball prevents infielders from intentionally dropping pop-ups in order to turn double plays (or triple plays).  If it’s obvious a player can catch a popup but doesn’t, the infield fly rule automatically calls the batter out.

Which leads us to our next point which is…

#2. Reliably hit a baseball. The faster, the better. If you haven’t been to the batting cages in a while, there’s no time like the present. After all, there’s nothing worse than striking out in front of kids during “infield practice.”

John Wayne

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#1. Be able to quote at least one John Wayne movie. Here’s three to choose from:

“I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”  – The Shootist (1976)

“All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be some place else.” – In Harm’s Way (1965)

“Well, son, since you haven’t learned to respect your elders, it’s time you learned to respect your betters.” – Big Jake (1971)

So there you have it: 29 things every man should know how to do. What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!

15 Most Manly Drinks

What makes a drink manly? Which drinks require that you turn in your man card if you’re caught dead with it? It’s a highly debated topic that our experts here at HomeWetBar.com decided to get to the bottom of. Interestingly enough there are plenty of factors that go into making manly drinks. The first cardinal rule of all manly drinks is that it can’t be sweet. If you’re thinking of ordering a strawberry daiquiri or pina colada, be prepared to hand over your man card. Fruity flavors and colorful drinks are a big no-no! And absolutely no straws! The best cocktails for men are usually brown or clear. The best manly drinks do not necessarily have to be high in alcoholic content, but the bitter, throat burning, taste are what all real men are after. Another factor is the name; when sitting at your local bar with the regulars you must be conscious of what you order. When yelling out to the bartender keep in mind that the manly drink you order has to have a tough name as well. Although, alcoholic content isn’t the largest factor in most manly drinks, it is still a factor. If your hangover is not movie worthy you may want check the bass if your tone before you order that next round of drinks.

Ranking the Top Manly Drinks

There’s no better way to rank the manliest drinks than to measure them by the massive hangover you will have in the morning from knocking too many of these drinks back. Manly cocktails are accredited by their ability to knock you flat on your ass and how fast that can happen. Another trait of the best manly drinks is what puts hair on your chest, that throat burning sensation only real men can appreciate. Aspirin can become a man’s best friend if you have the gaul to test any of these manly cocktails out. We will rank the manliest drinks of all time from one dose of aspirin to the ultimate four doses to help ease the pain of the well known hangover. To keep it easy, 1 dose is the least manly and 4 doses puts it up with the big dogs as being a potent cocktail for men. Although some drinks may rank lower than others, we can all agree that any fellow bold enough to order any of these top manly drinks will never have to worry about their man card being revoked.

Gin and Juice

Rank: 1 Dose

Snoop Dogg recommended. A cocktail made of gin, grapefruit, and orange juice making this a smooth drink where a man can keep his cool while mingling with the ladies. This drink is also tough enough to be one of the only most manly cocktails with a fruity taste that you won’t have to turn in your man card for.

Whiskey Sour

Rank: 1 Dose

2735592868_38016386f3The name alone takes the cake for ranking among the top manly drinks. A concoction of whiskey and lemon and maybe sugar for the beginners. Not the biggest and baddest of drinks for men, but this can be a refreshing for the summer that is sure to add some bass to your tone when you order the next round.


Rank: 1 Dose

Made of gatorade energy drink and jagermeister herbal liqueur this manly drink can help up your electrolyte intake. We’re not too sure about the buzz factor, but the taste can guarantee a peach fuzz for any baby face pansy that can’t handle the strong bite of the Jagerade.

Bloody Bull

Rank: 1 Dose

Something like the manly version of the bloody mary. A tasty mixture of vodka, beef bouillon, lemon, tabasco sauce and worcestershire sauce. Again, the name makes up for at least 50% of what makes the manliest drinks manly. Not the top choice of drinks for taste, but any man that can down this probably has the hairy chest of a bull from the burning bite of the bloody bull.


Rank: 2 Doses

5365837908_540a0b02cbA classic cocktail made up of triple sec, cognac, and lemon juice -No Sugar. Not the manliest cocktail ever, but it definitely has enough kick to make it tougher than the average martini. In all honesty a martini has never been considered the go-to cocktail for men, but we can agree that James Bond carries that pass for all men, thus making strong cocktails manly even when served in a martini glass.

Gold Rush

Rank: 2 Doses

A man’s summertime friend. A shot made up of bourbon, lemon juice, and honey will put some hair on that bare chest of yours. Still potent, but just enough lemon and honey to make it a smooth shot. This manly drink is something like a hot toddy, but the cooler summer version. Get over that summer cold with a gold rush & make it a double!


Rank: 3 Doses

5396934673_296d639225Made up of only 2 key ingredients Canadian Whiskey and a dash of lime juice in a shot glass, taken straight up; definitely a man’s drink. A cocktail or shot’s name plays another big role in defining what makes a manly drink manly. You can’t yell just any drink name out to the bartender among the at the local bar. Order a Snakebite and you’ll receive nods of approval from the regulars for that knee buckling bitter taste.

The Godfather

Rank: 3 Doses

Another well known gentleman’s drink that can add bass to your tone. The Godfather has a name that, alone, fits as one of the top manly drinks. A sophisticated blend of bourbon or whiskey and amaretto served in served in classic whiskey glasses make this a classic choice for any real man who can take a real drink. Much like the popular Godfather movie this mixed drink can become a man’s favorite in no time.

Jack and Coke

Rank: 3 Doses

2714076651_e114a4b146This mixture is the universal manly drink for men. Served in cocktail glasses, the recipe is simple. Combine Jack Daniels and just enough Coke to make it a crisp bittersweet mixed drink for men that is known to put some bass in your voice. Switch things up at the bar and order a Rum and Coke or use a different kind of whiskey. Drink too many of these and a hangover will be knocking on your door bright and early.

Tom Collins

Rank: 3 Doses

It’s safe to say any cocktail that has a man’s name should be deemed a common manly cocktail. The Tom Collins is a perfect example of what a man’s cocktail should taste like, gin, lemon juice, club soda and a hint of sugar on the rocks. It can be served with fruit, but honestly what man wants a fruit filled cocktail? No man can go wrong drinking a manly drink that has the ability to be smooth and tough at the same time.

Dirty Martini

Rank: 3 Doses

5076909064_883d31b1f3A sleek combo of gin, vermouth, olive juice, and yes, the classic olives. The Dirty Martini make the perfect drink for that charming guy standing at the bar that has a bit more class and maturity than any fruit cocktail drinking wimp. “Martini: shaken, not stirred,” like Bond these manly cocktails will sneak up on you before you know it. That familiar throat burning sensation is clearly evident from a mere whiff of your glass.

Rusty Nail

Rank: 4 Doses

The name alone will send chills down the spine of any coward that can’t handle drinks for real men. Fill your whiskey glass with scotch and lemon peel on the rocks and you’ve got one rusty nail. Order one of the best cocktails for men, like the Rusty Nail, at a hard core pub and drinking vets will respect you. Be easy when taking these shots or you’ll feel quite rusty yourself in the morning!

Old Fashioned

Rank: 4 Doses

Old FashionedDon Draper of Mad Men TV series has made us very familiar with this particular cocktail. Order an Old Fashioned anywhere and you should get nods of approval for ordering such a manly cocktail. A manly concoction of bourbon, bitters, a hint of sugar water and for the sake of your sacred man card no fruit. You will appear more mature and distinguished than if you ordered a long island iced tea. This can definitely rank as being one of the best cocktails for men and is a classic choice for that dapper guy at the bar. Don’t go overboard with these bad boys or you may need to leave those car keys at home.

Classic Manhattan

Rank: 4 Doses

If Sinatra and the Rack Pack can deem this cocktail as a favorite, then we can go a step further in making this one of the top classic cocktails for men. A mixture of bourbon, vermouth, bitters, & a stemmed cherry(if requested) making this a top choice when it comes to drinks for men. Remember this is a gentleman’s drink, don’t ruin the experience with a piece of fruit lingering in your glass. This manly drink ranks 4 doses for a reason. Remember that.

Irish Car Bomb

Rank: 4 Doses

3247414923_1dec96ea2cPicture the Jagerbomb. Now picture something much more manly, higher in alcoholic content, something for a real man and you will see the badass of all badass manly drinks-The Irish Car Bomb. A deadly combination of irish cream and irish whiskey put into a shot glass and then dropped into a pint glass of irish stout. Beer advocates can appreciate this kind of drink at it can be deemed as one of the manliest drinks ever created for men. Make sure you drink fast before it curdles!

Sure, there are plenty more classic cocktails for men that can be added to this list of the top manly drinks, but we like to leave some drinks up to the imagination. At the end of the day a manly cocktail is per choice and you can order any kind of fruit filled beverage that you would like at the bar. BUT if you want to mature as a social drinker into an experienced and responsible manly cocktail expert you may want to keep these valid tips in mind when you’re at the bar. First things first, please, no fruit! if there is a need for garnish make it a simple olive or slice of lemon and nothing more. Next, is the taste it either has to be really potent or harsh enough to turn that baby face into a full beard and goatee. And last but definitely not least the best manly drinks have a tough name to match that tough taste. It is safe to say cocktails for men are usually straight up or involve shots. And don’t forget every woman loves a man with a big cock…..tail shaker so our sasquatch cocktail shaker” may come in handy the next time you want to try some of these manly cocktails.

Want more? Checkout this top 20 cocktail list from men’s fitness

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