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The Best College Drinking Games

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A bunch of college kids playing drinking games midday
Never too early to start playing drinking games

Here's our list of the best drinking games to play at college. Or, at adult house parties. You will also find that a fair share of them are included in the standard Beer Olympics format.

A drawn King in King's Cup
King in King's Cup

King's Cup

King's Cup, or just Kings, is a card game where you spread out a deck of playing cards around a center cup and react according to which card gets drawn by the players taking turns in order. Whenever a King is drawn, the player takes some of their drink and pours it into the punishment cup in the middle. The player who draws the 4th King is the one who must consume the contents of the cup.

Before that though, several rounds worth of humorous hijinks get played. Now would be a good time to brush up on your categories and your rhyme-busting skills.

King's Cup Variations

A woman about to throw a ping pong ball in the Beer Pong Drinking Game
Beer Pong

Beer Pong

Beer Pong is the classic pong game that someone is always playing at a party. Sure, there are plenty of variations on the rules and conditions for victory, but the basic game still remains the gold standard in beer drinking fun.

Flip Cup

Tired throwing ping pong balls? Form up teams and use the beer pong table for a wild game of Flip Cup. The object of the game is for your team (or yourself if you're playing solo) to drink your beer as fast as possible, while flipping your solo cup over onto the table. First team to successfully drink and flip every cup wins. Simple is good, and that's why we like Flip Cup.

Never Have I Ever

Ranks extremely high for casual ways to get drunk while learning the innermost secrets of the other players in the game. This is one of the few games that is probably better to play with strangers than friends, as there are just some things you really don't want to know about your buddies. It's pretty similar to the White Lie party, only just in game format, and, with a lot more divulgence.

Here are some Never Have I Ever Questions

A handful of shot glasses filled with beer to play the Power Hour drinking game with
Power Hour

Power Hour

One shot of beer per minute for an hour. That's the mathematical equation of the power hour. A timeless drinking game, Power Hour comes in many flavors, including a custom power hour from Ali Spagnola, a singer/songwriter who dedicated an entire album of songs to the game. 60 to be precise.

A 40oz bottle of Budweiser beer and two rolls of duct tape
Edward 40 Hands

Edward 40 Hands

Duct tape and drinking should never go together. Therein lies the danger of Edward 40 Hands, a drinking games that challenges those with even the best bladders. Why? Let's discuss.

To play Edward 40 Hands, someone has to duct tape two 40oz beers to your hands. To win (and to go to the bathroom), a player must finish both 40oz beers.

Repeat, that's 80oz of beer sloshing around in your belly without the ability to hit the restroom. Good luck.

Drunk Jenga

Finesse, when you're not at your finest. That's the Drunk Jenga drinking game in a nutshell. Cause let's be honest, you aren't that good at Jenga sober.


TLC once said don't go chasing waterfalls. We're going to have to agree with them for this drinking game.


One of the finest musical drinking games that you can play. Also, one of the finest drinking game songs.

Two teams square off taking sips whenever they hear thunder or thunderstruck. You could also play it on 11 by drinking for every mention of thunder.


Like Beer Pong, Asshole is the gold standard for card drinking games. The appeal has got to be because of the capitalistic advantages of ascending to the power of President. Serve 3 terms and make a rule. That's when the fun begins.

But be careful to not upset your cabinet and your constituency, as a coup will leave you drinking and dealing the cards. It's not fun being the Asshole.

Beer Chugging

Seriously, that's the drinking game. In fact, the very first drinking game.

Other Great Drinking Games

  • Battleshots
  • Beer Die
  • Bite the Bag
  • High-Low / Screw the Dealer
  • True American
  • Up and Down the River
  • Would You Rather