Beyond Beer Pong: 12 Drinking Games For Grown-Ups

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So, our days high-fiving after sinking a ping pong ball in a red Solo cup are long over, but we hope we’re never too mature for imbibing with friends and partaking in silly antics. Playing drinking games in college was never really about the alcohol (though, it admittedly added to the fun), it was the experience – making a plain-old party something of a jovial competition.
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And though you might be totally up for making the next cocktail party with your friends a bit more interesting, you’re not about to relive your frat row days and set up a beer pong table. So, we rounded up five very-adult and very-interesting games to play next time your rounds with buds could use some spicing up.
The Game: Is It A Hashtag?
Hashtags can target everything from celebrities (#northwest) to current events (#doma), making it easy to find multiple thoughts on the same trend. Sometimes, though, hashtags can get a little too silly or unreadable, which is kind of what this game is built on.
How To Play: Each player writes a word on a piece of paper —be it a noun, proper noun, adjective, or slang. Then, you fold the paper in half so that the word isn't visible, and give it to the person picked to be in charge. The game master then draws two pieces of a paper at a time, creating the teams. Each team combines their words to make a compound hashtag. The game master then searches Instagram or Twitter for the possible hashtags. If the hashtag exists, the team members are safe. If not, they must drink!
The Game: Never Have I Ever Instagrammed
We all remember the “Never Have I Ever” game from grade school sleepovers, right? Well, this version targets our Instagram habits.
How To Play: Everyone sits in a circle and takes turn being “it.” When it’s your turn, you say, “Never have I ever Instagrammed...” and fill in the blank with a cliché Instagram photo, like “a glamour selfie” or “my lunch” or “a sunset.” You can also say something more personal to your group of friends by naming photo-worthy spots in your city, canine friends, or even pics of an event you all attended. Everyone who has Instagrammed what you mentioned must drink!
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The Game: Thumper
This one’s great to break shy people out of their shells.
How To Play: Each player comes up with a seated dance move. Once the moves are decided, everyone demonstrates their selected jigs while others commit it to memory. To start, everyone thumps their palms on the table in unison to make a beat. The first player performs their dance move (to the beat of the hands, of course) and then performs another random player’s move. Then it's that player's turn to perform his or her move before doing another player's jig, passing it on. Whenever someone misses the move being passed to them or forgets someone else’s move, they must drink!
The Game: "The Cards Against Humanity" Drinking Game
We’re sure you’ve heard of the party game, “Cards Against Humanity” that was created by a group of high schoolers and funded completely by Kickstarter (exceeding its goal by almost 300%!). Well, as it turns out, it’s fairly simple to turn the card game into a drinking game.
How To Play: You can buy the game on its website, or download it for free and print it out yourself. Each player draws 10 white cards. The designated card czar draws a black card and reads the question or fill-in-the-blank phrase aloud. Everyone chooses one of their cards that applies and passes it face-down to the card czar who then shuffles the cards and reads each combo aloud. The czar then chooses their favorite response. The person who submitted the response is safe, everyone else must drink!
The Game: True American
Popularized by the roommates in the show New Girl, you’ll need to play this one in a living room with lots of furniture, and with very-willing friends.
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How To Play:
On a table in the center of the furniture, you build a castle made out of, you guessed it, alcohol. A liquor bottle sits in the center as the King and beer cans are lined up in four rows stemming out from the King as the Pawns. The castle is then surrounded by four access points that are made out of furniture. And around that is a circle of varying furniture pieces that the players will hop on, because the floor is made out of lava — obviously.
To start the game, a player yells, “One, two, three, JFK” at which point all the other players yell “FDR,” grab a Pawn from the castle (remember, that's a can of beer), and retreat to any piece of furniture. Everyone jumps from furniture to furniture in a clockwise direction. The person whose turn it is has to move from one space to the next by completing tasks with patriotic themes. Every time a player gets to a center piece, they take a Pawn. Once all Pawns are removed, the King is vulnerable. The first player to land on one of the center pieces, finish their beer, and take a swig from the King wins the game! Sound complicated? Don’t worry, you can read all the detailed directions on the True American website, here.
The Game: Cheers To The Governor
This game requires remembering a set of random, made up rules, which inevitably gets trickier (and more fun!) as you continue to play.
How To Play:
Sit in a circle with a group of people and go around one by one, each counting a consecutive number from one to 21. Once you get to 21, everyone yells, "Cheers to the governor," and takes a drink. The person who said the number 21 picks any number (between 1 and 21) and replaces it with a rule. (The only numbers you can't choose are 7 and 14, which must remain as numbers the whole game, except they are switched. So each time you go through the count, you say 6, 14, 8, and 13, 7, 15.) Rules can include anything from spinning around in a circle 10 times, having to sit under the table until your next turn, or coming up with a new fruit each turn without repeating one that has already been named.

For example, you could choose "six" and replace the number with an animal sound, such as mooing like a cow. Then you re-start the count from one to 21, but any time someone gets to the number six moving forward, they have to moo like a cow instead of saying six. Every time you get to 21 everyone yells, "Cheers to the governor," takes a drink, and that person comes up with another rule.

When someone forgets a rule or messes up, that person has to drink, and then the count starts over at one (or whatever the rule for one is) with the next person. As the group gets closer to replacing all the numbers, it becomes harder and harder to keep track of everything.
The Game: Heads Up!
Get ready to get seriously animated, a little overwhelmed, and, above all, tipsy.
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How to play:
Heads Up! is the adult, inverse version of Charades, where the participants act/sing/dance out a word for their unknowing team members to guess. There are two ways to play this game: the millennial way with Ellen DeGeneres’ iPhone app, OR the old school way with hand-written cards “lick and stick” style on your forehead (Inglorious Basterds' bar scene, anyone?).

Any category goes (celebs, animals, song titles, movies, historical figures, you name it), with the only rule being to drink if you are unable to interpret your teammates’ flailing and grunting abilities (i.e. acting skills).
The Game: Drink While You Think
Thinking while drinking, WHAT a concept.
How to play:
Pick your poison, grab your group of comrades, and gather around a campfire/table/you name it. Once you’ve all circled up, one person will start by stating aloud the name of a notable person (i.e. a celebrity, president, historical figure, etc.)— for example: Taylor Swift. Going clockwise, the next group member will follow with a figure whose first name begins with the letter of the previous figure’s last name— for example: Sarah Silverman. The drinking catch? You must drink while you are thinking up the name! The quicker you think, the less you drink.

For all the pop culture whizzes out there, this game will be a breeze. For the rest of you, good luck and drink up.
The Game: Quarters
Who knew money could bounce so high?
How to play:
This game is pretty simple and requires very little (friends, quarters, drinks, and a tabletop). First, gather your group, your spare change, and your shot glasses (you can either play for shots, or have separate drinks for sipping). The two “shooters” at either end of the table start off by attempting to bounce or “shoot” their quarter from the tabletop into their shot glasses. Once one succeeds, they then pass their shot glass to the person on their left who must continue to shoot and pass. The drinking part? If you are unsuccessful in shooting your quarter before the second glass gets passed your way, you must drink or take a shot!

It’s fast-paced fun with money and alcohol — what more could you want?
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The Game: Kings (or Queens)
When this game is over, we'll all be feeling like the Queen of England.
How to play:
Grab your group with their drinks of choice, a deck of playing cards, and one solo cup (the King or the Queen’s cup). Place the royal cup amidst the fanned out cards (faces down) on the center of a table. The first player begins by lifting a card from the table and displaying it to the group and then that player, or everyone else, must drink accordingly. E.g. if they drew a three, that stands for "me" so the player must drink; if they drew a four, that stands for “floor” so everyone must touch the floor (and the last one to do so drinks). If you are feeling creative, you can make your very own cheat sheet — or just download a pre-made one.

This is a game of pure chance, not skill — so good luck!
The Game: Questions
Get to know your friends better AND maybe get a little drunk at the same time.
How to play:
Get your drinks in hand and get comfortable, because you’re in for an "informative" ride. Questions is played exactly as you may have already intuited: a member of the group begins by asking a yes or no question to another player who must then answer without hesitation. Drinks must be sipped if there is any pause prior to answering, and also if any questions are repeated by the asker.

Go around the circle clockwise to keep things moving and get creative — who knows what you'll learn.
The Game: Straight Face
This game will put your sense of humor AND your poker face abilities to the test.
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How to play:
Straight Face is sweet, simple, and hilarious. Gather your party people, drinks, pens, and some paper. The game begins with each player writing down one sentence on a piece of paper, crumpling, and piling it at the center of the group. Turns are then taken around the circle where each player must pick a paper strip from the pile and read it aloud. The catch? The sentences are odd, raunchy, awkward, and hilarious — and the reader MUST keep a straight face while reciting.

Any giggles, cracked smiles, or gasps will result in, you guessed it, a drink!
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