What's a party without some playful competition and lots of laughter? And what's an easier way to get that going than with some fun and easy drinking games?
If you've ever attended a house party, chances are, you've participated in a drinking game or two. These party games are the perfect ice-breakers, ensuring the vibe is nothing short of epic.
In this article, we're going to give you the low-down on 10 of the best, good drinking games that are simple to set up and guaranteed to get the party going.
1. Beer Pong
When we're talking about easy drinking games, it's impossible not to kick off the list with beer pong. This iconic game is like the holy grail of house parties, tailgates, and pretty much any fun gathering.
You've got your long table, your plastic cups arranged in a pyramid shape, and your ping pong ball. Easy peasy, right? All you need to do is aim that little ball into one of your opponent's cups, and they’ll have to chug the beer from any cup you score. The empty cups are then lined up along the edge of the table so the rest of the players can keep track of the points.
But beware — this game isn't just about getting the ball in the cup. It's also about strategy and aim, and a bit of good luck wouldn't hurt, either!
2. Straight Face
Ever tried to keep a straight face after a few drinks? Let's just say it can be a bit challenging. Straight face is a game that's sure to split your sides with laughter.
Everyone writes funny or absurd sentences on slips of paper. Players take turns pulling a slip from a hat and reading it out loud, all while keeping a straight face. If they laugh, giggle, or even chuckle, they drink. Just imagine trying to say "hippopotamus in a tutu" without cracking a smile.
This game isn't just a test of your poker face skills but a surefire way to keep the laughs rolling all night.
3. Flip Cup
Ready to test your coordination after a few drinks? Flip Cup is your game. It's fast, it's fun, and boy, can it get competitive.
Teams line up on opposite sides of a table, drink their beer, and then attempt to flip their cup by flicking the rim. Easy, right? Well, let's just say it gets harder as the game goes on. It's a race against the clock and your opponents in this high-energy relay.
Trust us, the cheers, jeers, and inevitable spills will make this a game to remember.
4. Never Have I Ever
Now, let's get to know each other a bit better. “Never Have I Ever” is an absolute classic, and let's be honest, we've all got a few skeletons in our closets.
The game starts with someone declaring something they've never done, like "Never have I ever been to New York." If you've done it, you drink. And, let's just say the statements can get a little... revealing. This game is sure to dish out a few surprises and a whole lot of laughs.
5. Ring of Fire
Think you're ready to play with fire? Ring of Fire, also known as King's Cup, is all about the luck of the draw.
In this drinking card game, a deck of cards is spread in a circle around a cup (the King's Cup) in the middle of the table, and each card has a rule attached to it. Maybe you'll get lucky and draw a two (you choose someone to drink), or you could pull a seven (last person to raise their hand to heaven drinks).
The card game goes on until all the cards are drawn or if the Ring of Fire is broken. Just remember to play safe, or you might get burned!
6. Fuzzy Duck
Ready for a game that's a total tongue twister? Enter Fuzzy Duck, a ridiculously simple and hilariously confusing game.
You sit in a circle and take turns saying "Fuzzy Duck.” The next person says, "Ducky Fuzz," and it goes back and forth until someone messes up and has to take a drink. And trust us, after a few rounds, you'll be saying things you didn't even know were possible.
7. Drunk Jenga
If you love Jenga, you're going to love drunk Jenga. It's like regular Jenga but with a boozy twist.
Each jenga block you pull from the tower has a rule written on it — maybe you'll have to do a dance, maybe you'll have to down your drink. Either way, you'll be having a blast. But remember, if the tower tips over, you've got to finish your drink. Bet that puts a whole new spin on the term “tipsy,” huh?
So, keep a steady hand and a clear head — you're going to need it!
Get ready for a game of stares in Medusa.
The game starts with everyone's heads down on the table. On the count of three, everyone looks up and stares at another player. If you lock eyes, you both shout "Medusa" and take a shot. With each round, the game becomes more intense and more hilarious.
Ready to stare down your friends in the ultimate game of eye contact?
Roxanne is a game that will have you singing at the top of your lungs.
All you need is the song “Roxanne” by The Police and your drink. Half of the group drinks when they hear “Roxanne,” and the other half drinks when they hear “red light.” Sounds easy, right?
Just wait till you start — the song will never sound the same again.
Who doesn't love a good Trivia night? Mix in some drinks, and you've got yourself a party.
Make a list of questions and take turns answering. Get it right, and you can nominate someone to take a drink. Get it wrong, and you'll be the one drinking. Just think of it as a fun, boozy way to show off your knowledge.
So, whether you're a history buff or a pop culture guru, this game is sure to keep you and your friends entertained.
Bonus Game: Frizbowl
Lastly, we present you the game changer — Frizbowl.
This flying disc game is taking the party scene by storm. Points are earned by successfully catching the Frizbowl on your head. If you miss but recover before it hits the ground, you still score! If you lose a set? Time for a drink!
Unique and action-packed, Frizbowl is the life of any party and definitely one you need to try.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can Beginners Really Enjoy These Games?
Absolutely! That's the beauty of these games — they're designed for everyone. Whether you're a seasoned drinking game veteran or it's your first rodeo, these games offer straightforward rules and loads of fun. Sure, there might be a bit of a learning curve (looking at you, beer pong), but in no time, you'll be flipping cups and sinking shots like a pro.
How Many People Do You Need for These Games?
Most of these games are super flexible and can be enjoyed by groups of varying sizes. Games like beer pong and Flip Cup are perfect for larger gatherings, while others like “Never Have I Ever” or Straight Face can be enjoyed even if there are just a few of you. And if you're wondering about Frizbowl, it can be played as a 1v1 or 2v2.
What If We Don't Drink Alcohol? Can We Still Play These Games?
Of course! Who says you need alcohol to have a good time? Feel free to swap out the alcohol with any other drink — soda, water, juice, whatever floats your boat. These games are primarily about having fun and enjoying the company of others. The drinking aspect is secondary and can be modified to fit your preferences.
We've Never Played Frizbowl Before. Is It Hard To Learn?
Not at all! Frizbowl is surprisingly easy to get the hang of, even if you've never tossed a frisbee in your life. The rules are simple, and the game is more about having a blast than scoring points. Sure, you might end up with a Frisbee-hat on your head (that's kind of the point!), but trust us — it only adds to the fun.
What's the Best Way To Keep Track of Points in These Games?
Depending on the game, there are different methods. For games like beer pong and Flip Cup, the cups do the counting for you. In games like Frizbowl, it might help to designate someone as the official scorekeeper.
Or better yet, get a scorekeeping app on your phone. There's a bunch of them out there, and they're a great way to keep track of points without the risk of "creative accounting.”
Can We Mix and Match These Games During One Party?
Why not? Variety is the spice of life, right? Feel free to switch between games throughout the night or even incorporate rules from one game into another. Just remember to keep things safe and enjoyable for everyone.
How Do You Decide Who Goes First in These Games?
There are many ways to determine the first player — you can try determinants like rock, paper, scissors; coin toss; drawing straws; youngest or oldest first; the person who last ate a pizza (or any other fun, random qualifier). The idea is to keep things fun and fair for everyone.
What Happens If We Tie in Frizbowl?
If it's a tie in Frizbowl, the game goes into sudden death. That means the first team to drop a hat loses. So, keep your eyes on the frisbee and your hats stacked high.
Why Are These Games So Popular at Parties?
It's all about the fun factor. These games inject energy and excitement into any gathering, sparking friendly competition and lots of laughter. Plus, they're a great way to break the ice and get everyone mingling. So, next time you're hosting, try one (or more) of these games. Your guests will thank you.
Wrapping Things Up
In the end, the most important part of any drinking game is not about who wins or loses, but instead it’s about the camaraderie, laughter, and good times shared along the way. So, whether you're a “Never Have I Ever” pro, a beer pong champ, a Frisbee-hat catching maestro, or you've just discovered your love for Fuzzy Duck, these games promise a night of fun-filled excitement for everyone involved.
Remember to play responsibly, respect everyone's comfort levels, and keep the spirit of friendly competition alive. Here's to making unforgettable memories with these easy and incredibly fun drinking games. Cheers!