Drinking games have been used to spice up parties for generations. Whether you're hosting a house party, getting people together in the yard, or enjoying a night out, drinking games can bring people together and create lasting memories.
In this piece, we are going to introduce you to 18 fun drinking games that you and your friends can play anywhere, making sure that your next party is one that nobody will forget– or possibly remember!
Beer Pong is one of the best drinking games that guarantees hours of fun. A beer pong set consists of two ping pong balls and 12 or 20 plastic cups. To play, teams of two set up plastic cups in a pyramid formation on each end of a table and fill them with beer.
Players take turns throwing a ping pong ball across the table, attempting to land it in their opponent's cups. If the ball lands in a cup, the opponent must drink its contents. Teams are often afforded two re-racks to get the cups in an easier formation to make the ball into. The first team to eliminate all the cups on the opposing side wins.
This game is probably the most popular and fun game you’ll find at parties, tailgates, and picnics across America and the World. Often competition is fierce and there will be a group of people ready to play the next game against the winners of the first game.
Kings is one of the most popular drinking card games around and it is easy to learn and highly entertaining. All you need is a deck of cards and a group of friends or family members.
Each card has a unique rule, such as "Drink Two," "Make a Rule," or "Waterfall." Players take turns drawing cards and must follow the rule that is designated for each card. The game continues until all the cards have been drawn or the players decide to stop.
What makes this game so fun is the fact that card rules can be highly customizable and a large group of people can play at once, so it allows everyone to join in on the fun.
Flip Cup is a race that requires steady hands, teamwork, and coordination. Players are divided into two teams, each taking one side of the table. Each player has a solo cup filled with a beverage, and most often beer is the drink of choice for this party game.
The first player on each team must chug their beverage and then place their cup on the edge of the table, using their fingers to flip it onto its rim by flicking the rim with their fingers. Once their cup is flipped, the next player on their team can drink and flip their cup. The first team to finish flipping all their cups wins.
Flip Cup is one of those games that you’ll want to keep playing all day or night long. It’s a staple on college campuses, at tailgates, and at house parties alike.
Quarters is one of the oldest and most fun drinking games that will test your hand-eye coordination and patience!
All you need to participate in this game is a shot glass and a quarter. Players take turns bouncing the quarter off the table and into the shot glass. If successful, they choose someone to drink.
If they miss, it's the next person's turn. The game continues until everyone has had their fair share of shots or until you decide to stop.
Give the classic game of Jenga a drunken twist by turning it into Drunk Jenga. Drinking challenges or rules such as "Task Master", “Drink only with your Left Hand”, or "Make a Toast" are written on each Jenga block.
As players pull out a block, they must complete the challenge or follow the rule written on it. As in traditional Jenga, the game gets more challenging as the tower becomes less stable.
The last person who ends up knocking over the entire tower will be required to either chug a full drink or finish the drink in their hand depending on the agreed-upon rules of the game. It’s a fun and exciting game that everyone will enjoy.
A Power Hour is a game of endurance that will test your drinking skills. Set a timer for one hour and take a shot of beer or a hard seltzer every minute. By the end of the hour, you will have consumed 60 shots of beer. Players who successfully complete the hour without giving up or passing out are crowned the champions of the power hour.
This game is an excellent way to consume some pre-drinks to get your night started or when just hanging out around the house with friends. Check around on YouTube and you’ll find many song-themed power-hour playlists that play a different song every 60 seconds and you’ll have a blast waiting in anticipation for the next song to drop!
Never Have I Ever
Never Have I Ever is a popular drinking game that reveals interesting and sometimes embarrassing secrets about your friends. Each player takes turns saying something they have never done. Anyone who has done that particular thing must take a drink.
This game can be fun to play as a stand-alone, or you can use it as a rule in another game like Kings, Kings Cup, or Drunk Jenga. It’s a surefire way to break the ice among a group of friends and keep you all laughing all night long!
Turn your party into a night at the casino with Shot Roulette! This game assigns a different type of alcohol to each slot on the roulette wheel. Spin the wheel and take a shot of whatever it lands on whether it’s beer, water, tequila, or rum. This game adds an element of chance and excitement to your drinking experience.
Thumper is a really fun drinking game that involves paying close attention to the other players and gets much more challenging the drunker you get!
To start, players sit in a circle and each chooses a unique hand signal or motion. The first person starts by performing their motion, followed by the player on their left, who must repeat the first person's motion and then add their own to the mix.
Much like the childhood game of telephone, this game continues around the table until someone messes up the sequence. Nobody will be able to keep a straight face and the person who messes up must take a drink, and a new game begins with them.
Two Truths and a Lie
This is a drinking take on the classic trivia icebreaker game, Two Truths and a Lie. Players take turns giving three “facts” about themselves, two of which are true and one that is a lie. Players will want to make their “facts” as outlandish as possible in order to confuse the other players.
The rest of the players go around the table and guess which statement is the lie. Those who guess incorrectly must take a drink.
This game is a fun and hilarious way to get to know everyone at a party where there might be mixed groups of friends. You might find out something incredibly interesting about your friends that you would have never guessed!
King’s Cup, also known as Ring of Fire, is a popular drinking game played with a pack of cards. Similar to the game Kings that we talked about earlier, each card represents a rule that players must follow.
The cards are spread face-down in a circle around a large cup in the middle of the table, which is filled with a portion of each player's drink. Players take turns drawing cards and must perform the action associated with that card.
For example, "Ace" might mean a waterfall where everyone drinks continuously until the player who drew the card stops, and “2” might be taking two drinks if black or giving out two drinks if red, and so on and so forth. The rules can be whatever you want them to be and you can incorporate other games like “Never Have I Ever” into rules associated with card values.
The game continues until all the cards have been drawn, and the person who draws the final "King" must drink the concoction in the central cup.
Roxanne and Thunderstruck is a drinking game that is often played while listening to the song "Roxanne" by The Police or the song Thunderstruck by AC/DC.
Players divide into two groups and stand or sit in a circle. One group drinks every time the word "Roxanne" is sung, while the other group drinks every time "Red Light" is sung. If you’re playing Thunderstruck all the players drink every time the word “Thunder” is sung.
The game is simple and a great way to pregame before a night out, but can quickly become challenging as the song progresses and the pace of drinking increases.
Drunk Waiter is a hilarious and messy game that tests players' serving skills while under the influence. Players take turns acting as waiters, attempting to serve drinks to the other players without spilling them.
The catch is that the waiter must wear a blindfold, making the task more challenging. Any spilled drinks must be drunk by the player who spilled them. The game continues with each player taking a turn as the drunk waiter.
Civil War is a team drinking game that requires a large group of partygoers to make it work best. Players divide themselves into two teams and line up on opposite sides of a long table.
Each team has three or more players and six cups filled with their drink of choice in front. The object game is very similar to Beer Pong, with players taking turns throwing ping pong balls into the opposing team's cups. When a ball lands in a cup, the opposing team must drink it as fast as they can.
As each player loses the six cups in front of them when the opposing team makes the ball into them, they are eliminated. The game goes on until all of the players on a team are eliminated.
This game is a great spin on traditional beer pong and can get the whole party involved!
Fuzzy Duck is a speaking drinking game that can quickly spiral out of control as you indulge in cocktails over the course of the game. Players sit around a table and take turns saying the phrase "Fuzzy Duck."
However, the game can change direction at any time by someone saying "Does He?" When this happens, the direction reverses, and players must say "Ducky Fuzz" instead. Any player who messes up or hesitates drinks.
This game will have you laughing all night long.
I'm Going on a Picnic
"I'm Going on a Picnic" is a drinking game that requires a good memory and attention to detail as you and your friends are required to recall a growing list of items.
The first player starts by saying, "I'm going on a picnic, and I'm bringing something that “starts with the letter A" like an Apple. The next player continues the list by adding an item that “starts with the letter B” like burgers.
The game continues alphabetically with each player sounding off the entire list and adding something else with each turn. If a player forgets an item or messes up the order, they must drink.
Caps is a drinking game that requires skill, good aim, and a little bit of finesse. The object of the game is for players to sit on chairs across from one another, and throw bottle caps into a glass of water in front of their opponent. If they make it, the other player must drink.
This game can go on as long as you want and be played individually or in teams, making it a great option no matter how big your party is!
Baseball is a drinking game based off of beer pong but uses baseball rules for scoring. It can be a super exciting twist on this drinking game classic. This game requires at least four players, two for each team, but you can add as many players as you’d like to either team.
Solo cups are placed in rows of four at each end of the table and 3 cups filled with a drink on each side, the front cup representing a single, the second a double, the third a triple, and the last cup a home run. The three cups on each side represent each “out”. Each player has three shots to hit a cup or they’re out and must drink one of their cups and once 3 outs are recorded, it's the other team’s “at-bat”.
Conversely, if they get on base or hit a home run, the opposing team must drink. Games go 9 innings and the score can be kept on a piece of paper.
Drinking games can take any party up a notch by injecting hilarity, teamwork, and competition into it.
Whether you're at a house party, tailgating for the big game, or pregaming a night out, these 18 fun drinking games can be played anywhere, ensuring an unbelievable experience that will be remembered, or not, for years to come!