The Definitive List Of Adult Drinking Games

By Jessica Best
18th Jan 2017

best adult drinking games

Everybody knows booze-infused games are better. As official grown ups, we’ve found that by far the best thing about playing games when you’re an adult is that they’re always super classy, right? Wrong. With this in mind, we rounded up our mates and tried out some of the so-called best adult drinking games according to, you know, Google. What we were left with is the definitive list of adult drinking games guaranteed to make your ordinary Friday night, like totally the best Friday ever.

So grab your friends, grab a glass and grab your phones, because we guarantee you’ll have a tonne of memories after these. Because where do the best stories end up? All over your socials, obvs. And whilst we can’t promise everyone’s going to come out a winner at the end, practice sure does make perfect, we promise you’ll have fun. And yes, you guessed it, go hard or go home.

Bottoms up!

Flip Cup

This one’s a classic, team-based game, which means adios to your BF because they probably can’t even hold a tennis racket the right way. All you need to know is that this is a race to see who can drink the fastest (sounds simple enough). For your best chance at victory split your epic drinking crew into two teams (fussy drinkers need not apply), each on opposite sides of a table. One member from each team steps up to the table, chugs down a beer as fast as they can, flips their cup (by placing it open side up at the edge of the table and flicks it with one hand/finger) until it flips and lands face down on the table. And when you’ve conquered this, the next player chugs their beer cup and does the same thing. Drink and repeat until every member in your team is done. Or passed out.

What you’ll need: A long table, plastic cups and friends with good hand-eye coordination—soz Susan.


One of the single most dangerous drinking games you could ever put yourself and your friends through. So naturally, you’re going to do it. Grab a set of cards and a bloody good pre-drinking feed if you want to last more than one round. Everyone needs a drink in front of them (duh) and a deck of cards is then placed face-down, in the middle of your friendly and sober (for now) kumbaya circle. Players take turns taking a card and either drink or give drinks based on the meaning of the card. The rules are as follows:

Ace: Waterfall—Every player around the circle begins drinking, and no one can stop until the player before them does

2: You—Whoever drew the card assigns a drink

3: Me—Whoever drew the card drinks

4: Floor—Everyone races to touch the floor, last person to do so drinks

5: Guys—All guys drink

6: Chicks—All girls drink

7: Heaven—All players point towards the sky, last player to do so drinks

8: Mate—Pick a person to drink with

9: Rhyme—Say a phrase, and everyone else must say phrases that rhyme

10: Categories—Pick a category, and say something from that category (i.e. if "drinking games" was the category, "kings" would be a viable answer)

Jack: Never have I ever—Each player puts up 3 fingers, then starting with the person who drew the card, each player says "never have I ever ". If you've done it, you put a finger down, until someone loses

Queen: Questions—The person who drew the card asks a random person a question, and they then turn and ask a random person a question, until someone loses by either failing to ask a question or by responding to the person who just asked them a question

King: Ruler—Make a rule that everyone must follow until the next King is drawn (i.e. force everyone to drink after each turn)

What you’ll need: A deck of cards and dedication to the cause.

Beer Pong

Beer Pong. The classic Aussie right-of-passage to both being an adult and learning how to drink while you’re at it. Played with two teams of two people that stand at opposite ends of a beer pong table, each team has ten cups arranged in a pyramid on the table in front of them, filled with booze. What could possibly go wrong? The aim is to take turns in throwing or bouncing your ping-pong ball into one of the opposing team’s cups. Whichever cup your ping-pong ball lands in, the opposing member has to drink. That cup is then put to one side and you get another go. If you miss, it’s then the other team’s go. The first team to eliminate all the cups wins!

What you’ll need: A table, plastic cups, a ping-pong ball and patience (we all have that friend who’s not so blessed when it comes to hand-eye coordination).

Drunk Jenga

Basically like normal jenga, but more fun. So, you’ll be taking turns to remove one block at a time from the tower and placing it on top without knocking the tower over. But this is drunk Jenga so you’ll need a sharpie to write challenges on all of the 54 Jenga blocks (we highly suggest you do this BEFORE you start to drink) and FYI things like “lick the carpet and do a shot” are totally allowed.

What you’ll need: Jenga blocks and the luck of the Irish.

Water Or Vodka

Otherwise known as: Vodka Roulette. In this game, players fight (and drink) it out in the ultimate bluff showdown. Played with three people (two drinkers and a “guesser”) at a time with a fourth person playing as the bartender. The bartender pours two shots (out of sight of the other players)—one vodka and one water. The bartender then hands a random shot to each drinker, and both then down their shots at the same time in front of the guesser. The guesser then has to guess, solely judging off the facial expressions of the drinkers, who they thought drank the vodka. If the guesser is wrong, they have to drink a shot of vodka and the game moves to three new players.

What you’ll need: Vodka (duh) and a solid poker face.

Straight Face

Start by handing everyone a small piece of paper. Players have to write sentences on these and obviously, the more ridiculous, the more inappropriate, the more nonsensical, the better. When everyone has written something, pop the pieces of paper in the middle of the circle and one at a time, players pick a piece of paper and read it out. A laugh, a smile, even a tiny smirk calls for a shot. This can also be played with Cards Against Humanity. And it’s hilarious AF.

What you’ll need: A piece of paper, a pen and sense of humour.


Remember playing this one in primary school? You know, to help you learn your times tables (and yep, some of us are still learning). Well Buzz is back but it’s slightly (read: A LOT) better. Players sit in a circle; the first person says, “1”, the next player says “2” and so on. When someone reaches a number that has a 7 (like 17) in it or that is divisible by 7 (like 14 or 21) or has a double digit in it (like 11 or 22) they have to say “Buzz”. When a player misses a number, hesitates for too long or uses “Buzz” at the wrong time—everybody drinks. We know; it’s basically your one-way ticket to getting blitzed.

What you’ll need: Some revision of your year three math homework.

Goon Of Fortune

What’s more Australian than chugging cheap wine out of a silver bag? Chugging down cheap wine out of a silver bag that’s pegged on a hills hoist clothesline, that’s what. And guys, Aussie’s don’t just dominate this sport (seriously, you might want to train up for this), we invented this marvellous game, so naturally, we’ll all be great at it. In this one, a goon bag is pegged on a clothesline and everyone takes position around it. The clothesline is spun around (everyone takes a turn at this) and depending on where the goon bag stops spinning, that will determine who drinks and how the goon is drunk, for example if the goon bag lands adjacent to a tree, the player has to spin around nine times and take a swig.

What you’ll need: A rotating clothes line, a goon sack and conviction (you know, for when there’s a point of difference with where the goon sack actually landed).

Never Have I Ever SnapChatted

Pretty much the same as “Never have I ever” but let’s be real, we all spend 99% of our day on SnapChat anyway. Players go around saying fun things like “Never have I ever SnapChatted an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend”. Yep, we’d drink on that too.

What you’ll need: Stamina. Seriously.

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