Food & Drink

The Top 10 Easiest Drinking Games Ever

Some of the best drinking games, like Beer Pong and Flip Cup, require a large amount of space and, sometimes, a fair amount of clean-up. Luckily for the spatially challenged (e.g., city dwellers with tiny apartments and college kids with micro dorm rooms), there are plenty of super fun, setup-free drinking games. These easy drinking games don’t require any table, cards, dice, quarters or ping pong balls—only a group of friends, a good sense of humor and a whole lot of booze. Here, the easiest drinking games ever.

Pop Culture Viewing Parties

This is the most easily adaptable, customizable drinking game there is. Whether it’s an award show, sporting event, classic movie, TV show—you name it—you can make up a drinking game to go along. Drink every time someone on The Office looks into the camera. Take a shot anytime anyone says, “May the force be with you,” during a Star Wars movie. Finish your drink anytime someone falls on stage while accepting their award. The possibilities are endless, just agree upon the rules before the show or movie begins.

Thumper

Also known as King Frog, this very silly game (it was originally intended for children—the booze was omitted) involves everyone picking an animal, along with a noise and/or motion to represent that animal. For example, if you were an elephant you would do your best trumpet sound and swinging trunk impression. Once everyone has picked their animal, someone begins by doing their own sound and motion, followed by someone else’s animal sound and motion. That person in turn has to do their own impression before passing it to another. The game continues until someone messes up or pauses too long, at which time that person drinks. It’s the game that will have you legitimately asking, “What does the fox say?”

Paranoia

This game preys upon people’s innate desire to know what everyone else thinks about them. One person begins by whispering a question—something that could apply to multiple people in the room—to another player. Questions can be anything from “If you had to kiss someone in the room, who would it be?” to “Who is the messiest person here?” ( As you can imagine, the questions tend to get more risque as the game continues). Then, the receiver answers with the name of someone in the room. The person named can either choose not to find out the precise nature of the question, or let their paranoia get to them and demand to know. If they give in, they have to drink.

21

In this game, people sit in a circle and count to 21. Whoever says “21” finishes their drink. Seem too basic? We’re just getting started. In order to strategically avoid being the drinker, you have some options. Let’s say the person before you got up to the number 4 by way of the normal sequence. Instead of saying 5 and passing it along, you can say two numbers in a row, 5-6, which will reverse the order and make the person who went before you have to go again. Or, you can say three numbers in a row—5-6-7—and skip the person after you. If you mess up at any point, you have to drink, but if you get stuck with 21, you finish your drink. There are even more variations on the rules if you need more of a challenge.

Medusa

Best when everyone wants to drink regardless of winning, this elimination-style drinking game, like so many others, starts with people standing in a circle. Everyone looks down at the ground, then, at the count of three, everyone looks up and fixes their gaze on another person in the circle. If you happen to lock eyes with someone, you both must drink and leave the circle. Play continues until there are only two players remaining, who can either choose to shake hands or finish their drinks in victory.  

Sip, Sip, Shot

It’s Duck, Duck, Goose—but for grown-ups. In a room with plenty of running space (sorry dorm room dwellers), players sit cross-legged in a circle. The leader walks around the circle, tapping people on the head saying “sip.” If you’ve been tapped, you take a small sip of your drink. If you are tapped and the leader says “shot,” you must get up and run around the circle trying to tag the leader, who is trying to steal your seat. If you are able to tag the leader, the leader must finish their drink (or take a big gulp), and go again another round. If the leader manages to snag your seat, you must finish or gulp your drink, and become the new leader. Play continues until running around in a circle no longer seems like a good idea.

Most Likely

Similar to Paranoia, this game involves people taking turns making a crazy “most likely” statement, such as “most likely to be found eating on the couch naked” or “most likely to start their own underwater society of squid people.” Players then point to the person they think that superlative best describes. Players take a drink for every person pointing at them. This website is a great generator of most likely scenarios (both dirty and PG), if you’re stumped for ideas.

Playground Insults

Inspired by the hilarious segment on the U.K.’s BBC Radio 1, this game is all about getting your friends to crack up from your sick burns. Sitting across from each other with very straight faces, take turns insulting each other in the most ridiculous way possible. Whenever anyone lets a chuckle escape, that person must take a drink. Whoever fully loses it first needs to finish their drink. Watch this video of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt going toe to toe, and then imagine how much better it would have been if they had cocktails in their hands.

Spill Your Guts, Fill Your Guts

Another liquored-up version of a talk show segment, this game is a riff on the wildly popular segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden. On the show, a buffet of disgusting foods is placed before the players, who take turns asking each other revealing, embarrassing questions. There are two choices: answer truthfully, or dig in. To turn this into a drinking game, you simply have to swap out the gross food for a drink. Or you can maintain the integrity of the original and create vile boozy concoctions that no one will want to imbibe. How does a berry-flavored vodka, light beer, hot sauce and cream cocktail sound?

King’s Cup Mini-Games

Also known as the Ring of Fire, King’s Cup is a fairly easy drinking game, but it requires a deck of cards and a slew of rules. But the mini-games played in King’s Cup can stand on their own as drinking games. Some games include “Categories” (pick a category and go around the circle naming something that fits until someone messes up and drinks), “Busta Rhyme” (pick a word and go around the circle trying to rhyme until someone messes up and drinks) or “Never Have I Ever” (take turns saying something you haven’t done, and if anyone else has, they drink).