21 drinking game rules – game rules

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Get Ready for Some Fun: 21 Drinking Game Rules

Get ready for a great time with these 21 awesome drinking game rules! I can’t wait to share them with you. So grab your favorite drink, gather some friends, and let’s get started!

The Classic Games

1. Beer Pong: Set up your cups, grab a ping pong ball, and try to sink it into your opponent’s cups. If you succeed, they drink!

2. Kings: Get a deck of cards, assign each card a rule, and start drawing. Each card has a different meaning, from giving drinks to everyone at the table to starting a waterfall.

Movie and TV Show Games

3. Movie Trivia: Test your knowledge about movies! Whenever someone gets a question wrong, they have to take a sip of their drink.

4. TV Show Marathon: Pick a popular TV show and drink every time a character says a catchphrase or whenever something specific happens in the show.

Sporting Event Games

5. Power Hour: Take a shot of beer every minute for an hour while watching a sports game. It’s a challenge, but a fun one!

6. Super Bowl Squares: Make a grid, write numbers from 0 to 9, and everyone picks a square. The person with the square that matches the final score wins, while others take a drink.

Card Games

7. High or Low: Guess whether the next card will be higher or lower than the previous one. If you’re wrong, take a sip!

8. Pyramid: Stack cards to form a pyramid and try to clear it. For each card, you flip over, give out drinks based on its position in the pyramid.

Board Games

9. Drunk Jenga: Write drinking instructions on each Jenga block. When you pull out a block, you must follow the instruction written on it.

10. Twister: Play Twister, but add a twist! Each time you fall, take a sip of your drink.

Social Media Games

11. Instagram Challenge: Post a fun challenge on your Instagram story, and whoever completes it first gets to assign a drink to someone else.

12. Comment Game: Go on a social media platform, find a post, and read the comments out loud. If the comment makes you laugh, you take a sip.

Outdoor Games

13. Cornhole: Play a game of cornhole and make it interesting by assigning drinks for different scores or shots made.

14. Flip Cup Relay: Split into teams and compete in a relay race of flipping cups. The losing team takes a drink!

Word and Number Games

15. Never Have I Ever: Take turns saying “Never have I ever…” followed by something you’ve never done. Anyone who has done it takes a sip.

16. Counting Game: Start counting, each person saying a number in order. When someone says a number with a 7 or a multiple of 7, they have to drink!

Virtual Games

17. Zoom Trivia: Host a trivia game on Zoom and have participants take sips for each wrong answer. The winner can assign a bonus drink to someone!

18. Online Cards Against Humanity: Play the online version of this popular card game and drink whenever your answer is chosen by the Card Czar.

Solo Games

19. Thumper: A rhythm-based drinking game where you have to perform a unique action to a rhythm, and others must copy it. The last one to do it takes a drink!

20. Shot Pong: Set up a Beer Pong-style game with shots instead of beer. Be careful, this one can get intense!

Just for Laughs Games

21. Chubby Bunny: Stuff your mouth with marshmallows one by one and try to say “Chubby Bunny.” Whoever can’t say it clearly takes a drink!

There you have it, 21 incredible drinking game rules to spice up your next gathering. Remember to drink responsibly, have fun, and cheers to a great time!

When I talk about 21, I don’t mean the game of blackjack or the legal drinking age. No, 21 is not your typical drinking game. It’s a game that requires quick thinking and sharpness. Who would have thought that counting to 21 could be so challenging? But like most drinking games, the more intoxicated you are, the more hilarious it becomes.


21 drinking game rules - game rules

21 is a really easy game, and it starts out so simple that anyone can play – even if you’ve had a few too many drinks (hopefully not)! We all stand in a circle and take turns counting from 1 to 21, with each person saying one number. The catch is, when someone says 21, they have to take a sip and come up with a new rule for the game.

After each round, when someone gets to 21, we add a new rule. So as the game goes on, it gets more and more complicated! There can be as many as 21 rules to remember as we keep playing!

Now, what kind of rules can we add? Well, that’s up to our imagination! But if you need some ideas, here are a few examples:

  • Swap the numbers 8 and 17
  • Skip number 2
  • Jump over number 9
  • Bark like a dog when we get to 20
  • Do a little dance when we reach 13
  • Whisper a secret number to someone every time you count a multiple of 3
  • Replace multiples of 5 with a word that starts with the same letter
  • Take a drink at number 3

If you make a mistake, take a shot (or have a drink) and start over from the beginning. Just remember the rules!


Stop playing when the rules get too confusing or when everyone wants to switch to another game!

I love writing and inspiring people to play games and have a good time. For 3 years, I organized pub crawls and hosted drinking games almost every day for my guests. I also come from a big family of game enthusiasts, so you could say games are in my blood.

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