Who could use a drink?

If you’re hankering for a booze-fuelled night, you’ve come to the right place.

We've put together a rundown of the best drinking games to play with your group on holiday - everything from classics like Beer Pong to ice-breakers like Never Have I Ever.

There’s something for every style of trip, from stag dos, hen dos or any group holiday, to the ‘casual few drinks becomes all-nighter’ kind of shindig.

In no particular order, here are 20 of the very best drinking games to play on your next group holiday.

Odds-on, odds are or what are the odds…

● Equipment: Any drink
● Best played: on-the-go
● Ideal group size: 3+

A great game to play, a nightmare to explain. In this one, you start by asking someone what the odds are on them finishing their drink. They then respond with a number (usually between 2 and 15, depending on the drink in question and who you ask).

As an example, let’s say they decide the odds are 5 to 1. On the count of three, you both say a number between 1 and the odds given (in this case 5). If you both say the same number, the accused finishes their drink.

How you manage this depends on your group because at this stage there’s nothing to stop someone from asking again and again. “Evens” often works as a healthy deterrent. If you ask someone their odds and they say evens, you both drink on the spot.

The Guinness game

● Equipment: A pint of Guinness in a Guinness pint glass
● Best played: At the pub
● Ideal group size: 2+

A pint of Guinness successfully sipped to between the harp and the two Ns in "Guinness"
Victory

When you’ve played this game once a pint of Guinness is forever more enjoyable. All you have to do is take one big swig and line up the bottom of the foam between the harp and the two N’s of Guinness. The winner wins.



Nine heads

● Equipment: Any coin, bar access
● Best played: At the pub
● Ideal group size: 9

This one can be lethal if you have terrible luck. Sit your group round a table and take it in turns to flip a coin. The third person to flip heads chooses the drink, the sixth person buys the drink, and the ninth person drinks the drink. Repeat.

7- seconds

● Equipment: A stopwatch each
● Best played: At the pub
● Ideal group size: 3+

Test your mettle. Averting their eyes, everyone starts their own clock and stops it when they think seven seconds has passed. Anyone more than 2 seconds out drinks 2 fingers. Anyone who gets it exactly right finishes their drink.

Beer pong

• Equipment: 20 plastic cups, a long table, 2 ping pong balls, beer
• Best played: At home
• Ideal group size: 4+

6 cups set up for a game of beer pong

Yes, this is a uni classic. Each team takes turns throwing a ping pong ball into the other team's cups. Once you get a ball in a cup, the opponent drinks its contents.

If both teammates hit cups, the balls are rolled back, and they shoot again. You keep it going until one team eliminates all of their opponent’s cups – by which time everyone’s merry.

Roxanne

• Equipment: Access to the song Roxanne by The Police
• Best played: Anywhere
• Ideal group size: 4+

Ever heard the song Roxanne by The Police? Great. The idea is simple. Split your group into two – half of the team drink on the word "roxanne," and the other half drink on "red light."

Occasionally, some bright spark will think it's a good idea to play both sides of this game at once. Don’t do this. You’ll be drinking non-stop for the full three minutes and you don’t need anyone passing out before the end of pre-drinks.

Twenty-one

• Equipment: A basic grasp of math
• Best played: At home
• Ideal group size: 4+

21 is the simplest drinking game ever. All you need is yourself and your mates. The youngest player starts to count and then you start counting aloud in a clockwise direction from 1 to 21.

When someone says two numbers, the direction reverses. If someone says three numbers, you skip the next person. The person who says the number 21 drinks and makes up a new rule.

Drink while you think - name game

• Equipment: Drinks
• Best played: Anywhere
• Ideal group size: 3+

This drinking game is based on naming famous people and the first letter of their name. So, if the first name is Michael Jackson, then the next person chugs their beer until they think of a famous person whose first name begins with 'J', like "Jessie Jay". Sounds simple enough but not when the person in front of you says St. Francis Xavier. Good luck with that one.

Never Have I Ever

• Equipment: Your mates
• Best played: Anywhere
• Ideal group size: 2+

Another easy-but-fun drinking name, Never Have I Ever makes for a great ice-breaker. Someone in your group says “Never have I ever [blank],” and fills in the blank.

For example, “Never have I ever finished an entire tub of Pringles in one sitting.” Then anyone who has done that must drink. This drinking game is a great conversation starter as ‘Never have I ever hooked up with a mate’ begs a whole bunch of questions.

Mr & Mrs

• Equipment: Your mates
• Best played: Anywhere
• Ideal group size: 3+

One of the most popular pre-drinking games at hen parties, Mr and Mrs is based on the 70's TV show of the same name.

Each contestant has to answer questions on their partner (or friend) to see how good a match they are. The group can ask all sorts of questions like ‘who’s the best looking?’ or ‘who’s the best in bed?’

If they match each other’s answer, everyone else in the group drinks. If not, the two in the hot seat drink. It’s a great hen party game but can be used for any group night out.

Pennies

• Equipment: A whisky glass, a penny
• Best played: At home
• Ideal group size: 4+

This drinking game is so simple, and so satisfying. You start with a shallow whisky glass and the idea is to bounce a 1p coin off the table and into the glass.

If you manage, nominate someone else in your group to drink and then you can have another go. If you miss, you have to drink and it’s the next person’s turn.

If you get the coin in the glass three times in a row, you can create a new rule, which can be anything you like. If anyone in your group breaks that rule, they have to drink.

Thumbmaster

• Equipment: Deck of cards, drinks
• Best played: Anywhere
• Ideal group size: 3+

You begin with the deck of cards mixed up in the centre of the table. The first person picks a card. If it’s a:
• 2, 3, 4, 5 you drink
• 6, 7, 8, 9 you give out drinks
• 10 – you become the Thumbmaster. At any point in the game, put your thumb to your forehead and everyone has to do the same. The last person to do it has to drink. You remain Thumbmaster until someone else picks a 10
• Jack – a rule card. You make up a rule and, if somebody goes against it, make up a forfeit
• Queen – a question card. You ask a question and the person alongside you asks a question but doesn’t answer your question. This continues around the table until somebody answers a question
• King – Waterfall. The player who drew the king starts the waterfall. Everyone has to drink at the same time and can’t stop until the person next to them does. Dangerous.
• Ace – Social – everyone drinks

Danger fives

• Equipment: Drinks (or a forfeit)
• Best played: Anywhere
• Ideal group size: 3+

This game never fails to make for a good time. Start by getting everyone together and putting a clenched fist into the centre of your circle (please apply social distancing where necessary).

You then take it in turns to guess the number of fingers on show as each person either opens or closes their hand. If your guess is correct, you’re out of the game and safe until the next round.

You’ve also got to say, "Ladies and gentleman, thank you for a lovely game of fives," without so much as cracking a smile. The last person left in the game sees off their drink or completes the forfeit.

Paranoia

• Equipment: Drinks
• Best played: Anywhere
• Ideal group size: 3+

Paranoia, the drinking game, is the perfect game to play as pre-drinks for your group night out or whilst waiting for a taxi. The first player whispers a ‘who’ question into the ear of the person on the right. For example, ‘Who is the laziest person here?’

The person asked has to say their answer out loud. Whoever’s name is said out loud can decide whether to find out the question or they can ask a new question. If they want to find out the question though they have to drink as a forfeit – either a shot or five-second drink.

Confidence

• Equipment: 1 coin,
• Best played: Anywhere
• Ideal group size: 3+

Put an empty cup into the middle of the table. Find a coin and decide who gets to flip the coin first. The first player will begin by pouring booze into the empty cup. They can pour as much or as little of their drink in as they like.

They then flip the coin and guess whether it lands on heads or tails. If they guess right, they don’t have to drink what's in the middle cup. Guess wrong and they have to chug it. Rotate and repeat until everyone’s had a go.

Chwazi

• Equipment: A smart phone
• Best played: Anywhere
• Ideal group size: 3+

This mobile app makes for a great group drinking game. All you’ve got to do is download Chwazi and ask everyone to put one finger on the phone screen. The app will put a coloured circle around each person’s finger.

Slowly each of the circles will disappear from each finger leaving one behind. That player drinks first. Repeat.

image of chwazi mobile app for drinking game
Chwazi is free to download and so simple! 

Buffalo

• Equipment: A mobile device,
• Best played: Anywhere
• Ideal group size: 3+

This drinking game is brilliant to play throughout your night out or on a bar crawl. Essentially, everyone must drink with their left hand (or non-dominant hand). If anyone catches you forgetting, they’re entitled to shout “BUFFALO” at you and demand you finish your drink. Charming.

Piccolo

• Equipment: A mobile device,
• Best played: Anywhere
• Ideal group size: 3+

If you’re heading out for a night on the town, why not spice up your drinking with a game of Picolo? All you need to do is download the app and get your buddies together. You’ll get tons of booze-related questions like: ‘Everyone who is currently employed, drink twice' or 'Give 2 sips if you've ever eaten cheese’. You’ll be downing drinks before you know it.