Drinking is fun, but you can make it hilarious too! You can play these drinking card games at home or on a night out – so what are you waiting for?!
Drinking card games can be lots of fun – they are great at house parties, in a bar, or just at home with a few of your friends. Drinking card games can also be a good way to socialize, as an ice-breaker, or for people just to get to know one another better.
The best drinking card games
So, what are the best drinking card games to play to get you in the party mood? Here are 10 fantastic games that are sure to get everyone laughing and joking before you know it.
#1 Give and Take. This game is kind of like the classic truth or dare, but instead of taking turns, you let the cards decide who has to answer. When it’s their turn, players have to either take a truth or a dare – but if they really don’t want to, they can take a sip of their drink instead!
#2 Higher or Lower. In this game, players take turns to guess whether the card they turn over will be higher or lower than the one that is already in front of them. If they get it right they are safe, if they get it wrong, they have to drink.
You can choose to make it so that it stays their turn until they get it right, or include things like wild cards, such as if they turn over an Ace they have to take two gulps instead of one… or do a shot. [Read: Fun and flirty games for your naughty house party]
#3 Circle of Death. In this lively drinking card game, the cards are all laid out face down in a ring. Players take turns to draw a card from the ring, and then have to act depending on what the card is. Each number will have a different action associated with it, such as “do a dare,” or “down your drink,” etc.
#4 Indian Poker. This is a great game if you are looking for a drinking card game that is simple and fun. It’s a good one to play if you have already had a few drinks!
To play Indian Poker, the dealer deals a card to each player, but it remains face down on the table. The players pick them up, being careful not to look at their own card and stick them on their foreheads. This way, all players can see their opponents’ cards, but they can’t see what they have themselves.
Each player can decide whether to bet or fold. If they fold, they take a sip of their drink, if they bet, they keep playing… and anyone who is left reveals their card. The highest card wins, and that player doesn’t have to drink. The lowest card player has to drink double. [Read: Girls’ night ideas – 13 fun things to do on a night with friends]
#5 Bullsh*t. This fun and fast-paced game is a great one if you want to interact and have a giggle with your other team players. In this game, all the cards are dealt out equally. The aim of the game is to get rid of all your cards.
Players then take turns placing some of their cards face down in the middle of the table. They can only put cards of the same value down, and they have to put more than one card down at a time. They have to tell the other players what they are putting down i.e. “two two’s” or “three fives” – the catch is they don’t always have to be telling the truth!
However, if other players suspect they are lying and it turns out that they are – the dishonest player must pick up their cards and any beneath them… and also they have to drink!
#6 Spoons. Spoons is an excellent drinking card game to get the party started! In this game, players sit in a circle around a table and a pile of spoons are placed in the center. The number of spoons in a pile always needs to be one less than the number of people.
Cards are passed from person to person until one player has four of a kind. When this happens, they can grab a spoon. The player who doesn’t get a spoon is out and has to drink.
#7 Pyramid Pyramid. This game is great fun and sure to entertain you and your friends for hours! To set up, stack the cards in a pyramid with 5 rows where the top row has one card, the second row has two and so on. Deal four cards to each player.
Every player can look at their cards once, but when the game is in action, that’s it! Players take turns flipping over a card on the pyramid. If another player has a matching card, they can yell out and the other person must drink.
#8 Hockey. For the sporty souls among us, hockey is a great drinking card game that will be right up their street. This is played in teams, and each team sits opposite one another, and each team is given 10 cards.
The game always begins with the three of clubs. The team that goes first must play a card that either matches the suit or the number. If they can’t, they must drink and it goes to the other team. It goes back and forth this way until either no cards are left, or neither team can go… in which case another card is dealt.
#9 Horse Races. Horse Races is a game that requires all Aces, Kings and Queens to be removed from the deck. The Kings and Queens are all laid out in a row, then each person picks a “horse,”which is an ace. The suit of the Ace that they choose becomes their “suit.”
The remaining cards are then turned over one at a time. Each time a card with their corresponding suit is turned over, the player with that suit gets to move their horse up one spot on the King’s and Queen’s row, and the others must drink. Whoever gets to the end first is the winner, and all other players must down their drinks! [Read: Game time – 40 saucy truth or dare ideas for a fun night]
#10 Allies Drinking Game. This super fun drinking card game is best played with lots of friends and lots of beer! This is a one-on-one drinking card game, so players must take turns to play. But it is quick and easy, so don’t worry, no one will get bored waiting their turn!
First, the dealer takes the deck of cards and asks the other player whether they think the next card they turn over will be black or red. If they get it wrong, they drink. If they get it right, they don’t, and the dealer moves on to the next player. [Read: 13 clean and flirty texting games for friends]
If they did get it wrong, next, the dealer asks them which suit they think the next card they turn over will be – same rules apply. Next, they ask whether the card they turn over will be inside or outside – this is asking whether they think it will fall in between the two previously dealt cards or will be higher/ lower than them. If they get that wrong, they take a final drink, and then the dealer moves on!
If you want to have fun, drinking card games are a really great way to get you and your friends in the party mood. So why not try the games above for a fun-filled evening?! Just remember to drink responsibly!
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Bethany was born and raised in Scotland and now resides in Brighton where she lives with her partner and rather disobedient cocker spaniel pup. She works as a f...