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Cheers to Fun | Top 21+ Best Drinking Games for Your Next Party!


Leah Nguyen 10 April, 2024 15 min read

We all enjoy hanging out with friends and having a great time with some nice booze. However, engaging in small talk can only entertain us for so long before we start searching for excuses to leave, and what’s more appropriate to keep the night alive than some classic (and responsible) drinking games?

We’ve discovered a selection of 21 best drinking games to make your gathering a blast and keep the discussion going all night (and probably the next few weeks). So grab a chilled beverage, crack it open, and let’s dive into the fun!

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Table Drinking Games

A table drinking game is a type of game that involves drinking alcoholic beverages while playing on a table or surface. In here we will introduce you to some of the best drinking games that can be played with a small group of friends or at larger social gatherings.

#1. Beer Pong

In this exciting game, two teams go head-to-head, taking turns to skillfully throw a Ping-Pong ball across the beer pong table. The ultimate aim is to land the ball inside one of the beer cups placed at the other team’s end of the table. When a team successfully achieves this feat, the opposing team embraces the spirited tradition of drinking the contents of the cup.

How to play beer pong – one of the most popular drinking games

#2. Beer Dice

“Beer Dice,” a dice-throwing drinking game also dubbed “Snappa”, “Beer Die” or “Beer Dye” by the daring enthusiasts. But let’s not confuse this competition with its cousin, “Beer Pong.” This game demands a whole new level of hand-eye coordination, unyielding “alcohol endurance,” and lightning-fast reactions. While anyone can sink a few shots in beer pong, a fresh-faced “Beer Dice” player might find themselves in a world of hurt if their athletic prowess is lacking. It’s a battlefield for the bold!

#3. Flip Cup

“Flip Cup,” also known as “Tip Cup,” “Canoe,” or even “Taps” is known to be the most quickly intoxicating drinking game. In this exhilarating competition, players must perfect the skill of quickly finishing a plastic cup of beer and smoothly flipping it over to have it land face-down on the game surface. If the cup takes a spill off the table space, any player can retrieve and return it to the playing field. Get set for the frenzy of flipping!

#4. Drunk Jenga

Drunk Jenga is an inventive fusion of the traditional Jenga block-stacking party game and the competitive spirit of a classic drinking game. While the originator of this engaging party pastime remains a mystery, one thing is certain: playing Drunk Jenga will undoubtedly inject a lively atmosphere into your next gathering!

To have some ideas about what to put on the blocks, consider this one.

#5. Rage Cage

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Rage Cage – a table game that features teamwork and strategic gameplay

If you like Beer Pong, then this adrenaline-fueled game of Rage Cage will be your next hit.

Firstly, the two players begin by consuming the beer from their respective cups. Next, their challenge is to skillfully bounce a ping pong ball into the cup they just emptied. If they successfully complete this task, they pass both the cup and the ping pong ball in a clockwise direction to the next player.

The objective is to land the ping pong ball into their own cup before their opponent does. The first player to achieve this feat gains the advantage of stacking their cup on top of the opponent’s cup, forming a stack that is then passed clockwise to the subsequent player.

On the other hand, the player who fails to accomplish this task must consume another cup of beer and start the process anew, attempting to bounce the ping pong ball into an empty cup.

#6. Chandelier

Chandelier can be described as a blend of Beer Pong and Flip Cup, resulting in a dynamic game that is perfect for entertaining friends and guests at house parties.

The objective of Chandelier is to bounce ping pong balls and land them in your opponents’ cups. If a ball lands in your cup, you must consume the contents, refill the cup, and continue playing.

The game goes on until a ball lands in the middle cup. At this point, all players must take a drink, flip their cup upside down, and the last person to do so must finish the middle cup.

Drinking Card Games

Card games are popular drinking games for a reason. You don’t need to move around with your “almost-giving up” limbs when the tipsiness hits, saving the stamina and energy to get your competitive mode on and beat everyone mercilessly.

#7. King’s Cup

This well-known game goes by many alternatives such as “Ring of Fire” or “Circle of Death”. To play King’s drinking game, you’ll need a deck of cards and a “King” cup, aka a large cup in the middle of the table.

If you’re up for the challenge, grab two decks of cards and gather as many people as comfortably fit around the table. Give the cards a thorough shuffle, and then create a circle in the centre of the table using the cards.

The game can start with anyone, and each player gets their turn. The first player draws a card and carries out the action specified on it. Then, the player to their left takes their turn, and the cycle continues in this manner.

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King’s Cup general rules created by Chickensh!t

#8. Buzzed

Buzzed is an entertaining adult party game that adds a refreshing twist. Participants take turns drawing cards from the deck. When it’s your turn, read the card aloud and either you or the entire group will grab a drink according to the card’s prompt. Continue this cycle, lathering the fun and repeating the process until you reach that state of being buzzed, or in this case – being tipsy!

#9. Drunk Uno

A classic card game with a dash of boozy brilliance coming to save your night! In Drunk Uno, when you pick a “draw 2” card, you’ll have to take a shot. For a “draw 4” card, you take two shots. And for anyone who forgets to shout “UNO!” before touching the discard pile, three shots are on the unlucky champs.

#10. Ride The Bus

Hop aboard the Boozy Express for a thrilling adventure known as “Ride the Bus”! This drinking game tests your luck and wits as you strive to dodge the dreaded fate of being the ultimate “bus rider.” Grab a driver (the dealer), a brave soul to take on the role of the rider (more on that later), a trusty deck of cards, and, of course, an ample supply of your favourite booze. While the game can kick off with just two people, remember, the more, the merrier!

Look here for detailed instructions on how to play.

#11. Killer Drinking Game

The objective of the Killer Drinking Game is to apprehend the murderer before they eliminate all the other participants. This game emphasizes bluffing and convincing skills rather than complicated rules, making it an easy one for everyone to catch. It is advisable to play with a minimum of five players to heighten the challenge of the game. Essentially, Killer is a condensed version of games like Mafia.

#12. Across The Bridge

The game starts with the dealer shuffling a deck of cards and dealing ten cards facedown in a row. This row of cards creates the “bridge” the players will attempt to cross. Players must flip over the cards one at a time. If a number card is revealed, the player moves on to the next card. However, if a face card is turned up, the player must take a drink as follows:

  • Jack – 1 drink
  • Queen – 2 drinks
  • King – 3 drinks
  • Ace – 4 drinks

The player keeps flipping over cards and taking the required drinks until all ten cards have been turned face up. Then the next player takes their turn trying to cross the bridge.

Fun Drinking Games for Large Groups

Choosing games that appeal to all guests can feel difficult at first. However, with some simple options, you can find games that work for any sized group. We compiled recommendations from party hosts, game enthusiasts and our own research to create a list of the most popular drinking games for large groups as below.

#13. Drinkopoly

Drinkopoly board game will bring you an (un)forgettable experience

Drinkopoly is an engaging and interactive board game inspired by the famous “Monopoly” that offers hours of entertainment, amusement, and mischief at gatherings, ensuring an experience that you won’t soon forget! The game board consists of 44 fields, each presenting different challenges that require players to pause at bars, pubs, and clubs and indulge in either long or short drinks. Special tasks and activities include Truth or Dare games, arm wrestling contests, poetry recitals, tongue twisters, and pick-up line exchanges.

#14. Never Have I Ever

In Never Have I Ever, the regulations are straightforward: Participants take turns stating hypothetical experiences that they have never encountered. If a player has undergone the said experience, they must take a shot, a sip, or another predetermined penalty.

Conversely, if no one in the group has experienced the situation, the person who proposed the inquiry must take a drink.

Don’t sweat and prepare the juiciest Never Have I Ever questions beforehand with our 230+ ‘Never Have I Ever Questions’ To Rock Any Situation.

#15. Beer Darts

Beer darts is an enjoyable and uncomplicated outdoor drinking game that can be played with two individuals or teams. The aim of the game is to throw a dart and hit your opponent’s beer can before they strike yours. Once your beer can is pierced, you are obligated to consume its contents!

#16. Shot Roulette

Shot Roulette is an interactive party game centred around a roulette wheel. Shot glasses line the outer edge of the wheel, each labelled with a matching number on the wheel. Players spin the wheel and whoever’s shot glass the wheel stops on must take that shot.

The simplicity of this setup allows for many variations that change up the fun. You can customise the types of drinks in the shot glasses, adjust how many spins before switching players, and come up with unique ways to determine who spins first.

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#17. Drunk Desires

Drunk Desires card game is played with pairs taking turns drawing cards from the deck with the top side facing down.

If a card is drawn that reads “or drink,” the player must either complete the task listed on the card or take a drink. In the case of a “drink if…” card, the person who relates the most must take a drink.

#18. Truth or Drink

Have you ever played Truth or Drink? It’s a cooler cousin of the classic game Truth or Dare with a boozy twist. This game is an entertaining way to bond with your loved ones and your besties. The instructions are easy to follow: You either answer the question truthfully, or you opt to take a drink instead.

Don’t have anything in mind? We have compiled a list of Truth or Dare questions ranging from funny to juicy for you to choose: 100+ Truth Or Dare Questions For The Best Game Night Ever!

#19. Harry Porter Drinking Game

Prepare some butterbeer and get ready for an enchanting (and alcoholic) evening with the Harry Potter drinking game. You can create your own rules while binge-watch the series, or you can refer to this set of drinking rules below.

Harry Porter drinking game rules - movie drinking games
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#20. Eurovision Drinking Game

TV drinking games are a tribute to all things cliché. The concept is to take a small sip every time a cliché is displayed, and a large gulp every time a cliché is overturned.

Eurovision Drinking Game features three different drink sizes: sip, slurp, and chug, which should be adjusted according to the type of beverage you are having.

For instance, for beer, a sip would be equivalent to a swig, a slurp to a full mouthful, and a chug to three gulps.

For spirits, a sip would be around a quarter of a shot glass, a slurp around half, and a chug the entire shot glass.

Read this to know the full rules.

#21. Mario Party Drinking Game

Mario Party is a fun game that can be levelled up to a drinking game! Complete challenges and minigames, and win the most stars, but beware of the wicked rules that compel you to take a shot if not careful.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you play 21 drinking game?

21 Drinking Game is a relatively simple game. The game begins with the youngest player counting aloud, and then all players take turns counting in a clockwise direction from 1 to 21. Each player says one number, and the first person to say the number 21 must drink and then create the first rule. For example, when you reach the number “9”, the counting will be reversed.

What is starting 5 drinking game?

Playing 5 Card Drinking Game is simple. Each player is dealt five cards, and then they take turns challenging one another by flipping over a card to determine who has the highest number. The game proceeds in this manner until only one player remains, who is declared the winner.

How do you play 7 up drinking game?

The Seven Drinking Game is based on numbers but with a challenging twist. The catch is that certain numbers cannot be uttered and must be replaced with the word “schnapps”. If you say the forbidden numbers, you must take a shot. This includes:
– Numbers that contain 7 such as 7, 17, 27, 37, etc.
– Numbers that add up to 7 such as 16 (1+6=7), 25 (2+5=7), 34 (3+4=7), etc.
– Numbers that are divisible by 7 such as 7, 14, 21, 28, etc.

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