As a child, playing games was all about hide and seek, snakes and ladders and making dens. Then you grew up, started university, lost all innocence and discovered drinking games!
Here are my top 5 for your enjoyment and intoxication needs:
5. Beer pong
This game will test your bouncing ball skills and your alcohol endurance. No chundering now! It is the perfect game when there’s a big group.
Tip: Vary the strength of the drinks in the game, so some terrible Lambrini, shots of vodka, whiskey, maybe some Smirnoff ice? (You get where I’m going…).
How to play:
- Divide yourself into 2 teams and stand at opposite ends of a table, each group with 6 -10
- The first person throws a ping pong ball at the other team’s cups. If it lands in one, a person from the other team must down the contents-simples.
- As the cups get emptied, the remaining ones can be moved closer together.
- The losing team is the first one to finish all their beverages. As a punishment, they must then drink everything left in the winning team’s cups as well.
4.Never have I ever …
This is one of the easiest drinking games around, and is also a great way of finding out all your friends best kept secrets! (Although you’ll probably expose your own in the process…)
How to play:
- Going round in a circle, each person takes it in turn to say “Never have I ever…” followed by something they haven’t done (the more shameful the better).
- Anyone who has done whatever activity is named has to consume their drink. That’s pretty much it – the fun of this game is what you learn about your friends!
How hard can it be to count to 21, right?
How to play:
- First player chooses the direction e.g. “1 to my left…”
- Players then continue counting. If anyone says two numbers e.g. “3, 4” the game changes direction, if someone says three “5, 6, 7” then it carries on in the same direction but skips a player.
- Anyone who screws up drinks.
- Whoever ends up as “21” also has to drink (It rarely gets that far!).
2. G’day Bruce
The game gets pretty complicated as everyone’s name changes and you have to remember who you’re introducing! Aussie accents must be used at all times.
How to play:
- Sit in a circle. The first person says ‘G’day Bruce’ to the person on their left, who replies ‘G’day Bruce’. The first person then gestures to the third person along, saying ‘Say g’day to Bruce, Bruce’.
- The second person then turns to the third and says ‘G’day Bruce’. The third player replies ‘G’day Bruce’, and then, as before, the second person points to the fourth saying ‘Say g’day to Bruce, Bruce’.
- This goes on around the circle until someone makes a mistake, at which point they must drink and their name will change (start with Sheila, then Kylie, Jason, Lou, Harold, Madge and Dingbat etc. etc.)
6. Ring of Fire
There are plenty of variations on these rules (same results), but this is how I tend to play:
How to play:
- Arrange a pack of cards in a small circle around a pint glass, all face down.
- Sit in a circle around the cards. Take it in turns to pick a card, making sure you don’t break the circle (if you do, you must immediately down your drink).
- For each card, there is an action:
2: You - Pick somebody to drink
3: Me - You have to drink
4: Whore (girls) – All girls in the group drink
5: Thumb master – The person with the card can wait as long as they like before performing the action. They just put their thumbs up, last person to do this has to consume.
6: Dicks (men) - All guys in the group drink
7: Heaven - The person with the card can wait as long as they like before performing the action. They just point up to the ceiling, last person to do so has to consume.
8: Mate- Have a gulp of your drink, whilst making a friend do the same!
9: Rhyme - Whoever picks the card must say a phrase. The next person then says a phrase that rhymes and so on until someone screws up (they have to drink).
10: Categories - Similar to 9, although this time the first person names a category (e.g. cars, U.K. cities, types of beer) and everyone has to name something that fits into it. Again, whoever messes up first drinks.
Jack: Rule - The picker gets to think of a new rule for the game.
Queen: Question Master - Picking this card means you become Question Master. Ask people questions, and if they don’t answer back with a question, they have to drink. The Question Master title passes on as soon as someone else gets the Queen.
King: Drink in the cup - The first three people to pick up a King add some of their drink (whatever it is) to the pint glass in the middle – the fourth person drinks the dirty pint.
Ace: Waterfall - Fill your drinks up, then everyone in the circle starts drinking at the same time. The person who picked the Ace can continue drinking for as long as they want, but the second person cannot stop drinking until they have, the third person cannot stop until the second has and so on. Whoever picks the Ace chooses which direction the waterfall goes in.
So there you have it, 5 of what I believe to be the best drinking games around! Enjoy…