27 Awesome Drinking Card Games for Smashing Faces

Came here looking for the stone-hard top 10 drinking card games meant only for hard cores?

Well, guess what?

You found a diamond instead! We’ll go beyond the usual top ten drinking card games and level the game up with 27 fun card games for drinking.

Adding a card game or two to a drinking party will turn ordinary beer-seeping into something worthwhile and enjoyable! Nothing beats a bit of a card game to knit a group of friends closer together.

The games listed ahead are all fun easy drinking card games that will get everyone laughing and wasted in no time!

Drinking card games for 2 people

Who says two people (who aren’t in a romantic relationship) can’t have fun? With some booze and a deck of cards, you’ll show all your friends who didn’t show up that you had a smashing great time!

Bus Driver

   Name of the Game: Bus Driver 
Duration of one game: 1 Hour

Are you up for a little guessing game and a whole lot of beer? Then this game’s for you!

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Choose who will be the “Bus Driver” and who will be the “Rider”. The driver deals 5 cards face down. Those five cards are the “Bus”, and the Rider has to guess five times correctly to get to the front of the bus.

The first question the Driver must ask is: red or black? If the rider guesses right, the driver will have to ask four more questions. All of which are: High or Low? ; Is the card higher or lower than the card that was recently turned over? (Kings highest, Aces lowest)

Whenever the Rider guesses wrong, he or she has to take a sip. The Driver must deal another 5 cards face down, and the process is repeated. When the Rider guesses all 5 right, the Driver has to finish his or her drink within 2 minutes.

Across the Bridge

Name of the Game: Across the Bridge 
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

Among the many card games for two adults, Across the Bridge is the easiest to play. Firstly, the dealer must randomly pick out 10 cards from a deck of 52 and lay it face down in a single line – this will be called the bridge.

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The game starts when the first player (you) flips up the first card in the bridge, regardless from what direction (North or South). If you happen to flip a card from 2 to 10, then you are safe to proceed and turn over another card.

However, if you happen to pick any of the face cards (King, Queen, Jack, Ace), then you must face these consequences:

Jack: Drink one sip of beer, and add a card to the bridge.

Queen: Drink two sips of beer, and add two cards to the bridge.

King: Drink three sips of beer, and add three cards to the bridge.

Ace: Drink four sips of beer, and add four cards to the bridge.

Also, your turn ends and it is the next player’s turn to flip over the cards of doom. Quite rough, eh? Whosoever is the lucky one to turn over the last card of the bridge wins.

Beer Snap

Name of the Game: Beer Snap  
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

 Description: Beer snap is an example of 2 player drinking card games that requires fast reaction time.

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The dealer deals the whole of the deck evenly between the players. Everyone must keep all of the cards face down in their respective piles. Then each player take turns in flipping a card and putting it in the center for everyone to see.

Whenever a flipped card happens to have a value that matches with that of the previous card, the players must say “Snap!” as fast as they can. The last person to utter the magic word will have to:

Drink a shot if the value ranges from 2 to 6

Drink two shots if the value ranges from 7 to 10

Drink three shots if it is a face card

Red and Black

Name of the Game: Red and Black
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

Description: Red and Black is one of the card games for 2 adults that require a lot of guessing.

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In this game, each player take turns getting a random card from the deck and guessing which color the card is, red or black. As long as the guesses are good, no one takes a drink. But once a player guesses wrong, the said player must take a shot.

Now, this is where the real fun starts. If one happens to guess correctly three times in a row, then he or she can make up make alterations or make rules regarding the procedure of the game. If anyone breaks a rule, he or she must take a shot.

Blackjack

Name of the Game: Blackjack
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

Description: In the mood for a little addition game? Then Blackjack is just the thing for you! All you need to do in this game is to have the sum of your cards total 21.

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These are the card values:

2-10: normal face value

Face cards (except ace): 10

Aces: 1 or 11 according to player’s preference.

To start, the dealer deals 1 face down and 1 face up card for each of them. If your hand equals 21, you can tell other player to drink. You can also tell anyone to drink each time you hit, as long as you don’t go over 21. If you bust, you drink 2.

If any player is dealt the Jack of Spades or Clubs and Ace of Spades, it’s a Blackjack and everyone drinks.

Drinking card games for couples

How about some sexy games for two? If you and your special someone are looking for something to do on a quiet evening, then why not take out your stash and a deck of cards?

You may find that you and your partner suddenly don’t want the evening to end.

Go Fish

Name of the Game: Go Fish
Duration of one game: 1 Hour

Description: Go Fish can be played by as many as 6 players, but couples are quite fond of turning this into one of the drinking card games for couples with a naughty twist or two.

The objective of the game is to collect as many books – which is a group of four cards with the same rank – as one can. The player with the most books wins the game. To begin, the dealer deals 7 cards each to 2 players. The remaining deck, called the stock, remains face down.

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The first to play (you) will ask the other for a specific rank that you will need to gather to make a book out of the card/cards of the same requested rank you already hold. In other words, you cannot ask for a rank you do not have.

If the other has the rank that was asked for, then he or she must surrender all of the cards of the said rank, and must take off an article of clothing. Otherwise, he or she will say “Go fish!” to which you must draw a card from the stock, and must take a shot.

If the drawn card is the rank asked for, you keep it and get another turn. If not, you still keep it but end your turn. The game ends when a player runs out of cards, or when the stock runs out.

High or Low

Name of the Game: High or Low
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

High or Low is a very easy game that is often included in the list of mischievous adult card games for couples. The game begins with the dealer drawing a card from the deck and showing it. Then, the player must guess if the next card will be higher or lower.

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If you guess correctly, you can tell the dealer to drink or to take off an article of clothing. Otherwise, the dealer gets to command you to do either. Once you guess wrong thrice in a row, you become the dealer and vice-versa.

The game ends when the deck runs out. Naughty bits can be added here and there to make it more fun!

Drinking card games for 3 people

Bet your Liver

Name of the Game: Bet your Liver
Duration of one game: 1 Hour

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Bet your Liver is a very simple game that simply requires a good guess and a tough liver. The first player bets by pouring any amount of beer into the glass, and calls out red or black. The dealer then flips over a card from the newly shuffled deck and place the card on the table facedown.

If you guess right, then the glass is passed on to the next player. The same ritual happens and the glass fills up more and more with every correct guess. Of course, whoever happens to guess wrongly must empty the contents of the glass into their own livers. Hence, the name of the game.

Thumbmaster

Name of the Game: Thumbmaster
Duration of one game: 1 Hour

This game is what we call a rule game, where each card has a rule that everyone must follow. There is no need for the cards to be dealt because each player will simply take turns drawing a card from the deck.

If the player draws a:

  • Card from 2-5: Player drinks
  • Card from 6-9: Player gives out drinks
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  • 10: Thumbmaster – Player becomes the Thumbmaster until someone else draws a 10. When you become the thumbmaster, whenever you put your thumb to your forehead everyone must follow. The last to do so will have to drink.
  • Jack: Rule Card – Player can make up a rule to spice things up.
  • Queen: Question Card – Everyone takes turns asking a question. If anyone messes up, he or she drinks.
  • King: Waterfall – Everyone drinks; a person can only stop drinking until the person to their left stops drinking.
  • Ace: Social – Everybody drinks.

Circle of Death 3

Name of the Game: Circle of Death 3
Duration of one game: 1 Hour

There are a number of variations when it comes to drinking games circle of death, but this version of circle of death drinking game definitely has the boldest number of beer sips.

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For the game to begin, all cards must be arranged faced down in a circle, one inside another, where the players decide how many inner circles there must be. The objective of this game is to guess the suit of the card that will be turned over.

Beginning with the outermost circle, if the player guesses right the other players must take sips equal to the number on the card. Otherwise, the player takes the sips.

Once all the players took a turn and gets to the next circle, the drinks double. If the players continue to the third, the drinks triple, and so on.

How many inner circles do you dare to have?

Connection

Name of the Game: Connection
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

Card games for drinking beer can truly get you wasted, and Connection is one perfect game to make your world go round and round. To start, the dealer must distribute the cards evenly among all the players. No one must take a look at their pile or at anyone else’s pile.

The person to the left of the dealer has to flip a card on top of his or her pile. The next person must do likewise. If the flipped cards happen to have the same number or the same suit, then a connection has been made, and the two must drink the number of sips equivalent to the number of the first card that made the connection.

Jack = 11 sips

Queen = 12 sips

King = 13 sips

Ace = 14 sips

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If the third player happens to make a connection, then he or she too must partake in the sipping. No one drinks until a connection has been made. The game ends when the cards have all been flipped over.

Death Ring

Name of the Game: Death Ring
Duration of one game: 1 Hour

Death ring is an example of drinking card games 3 people that does not require any thinking; just pure and plain drinking!

Here’s how it goes. The dealer deals the cards evenly to all the players. The first two players must each draw a card from their pile. If the values happen to be the same, regardless of the suit, they both take a drink double the value of the card.

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However, if the cards are of the same suit, then each player must drink the value of their own respective cards. Then the third player compares his or her drawn card to that of the second player. The same rules apply.

The game ends once all the cards are gone.

Ring of Fire

Name of the Game: Ring of Fire
Duration of one game: 2 Hours

Ring of fire is one hell of a drinking game. Eager to try it out? Read along.

To start, arrange a deck of cards in a circle with a cup in the middle. Each player must have a bottle of liquor to themselves. Each card in a deck has a set of rules. To begin the game, a player must pick up a random card. Whatever the card is, everyone must follow the corresponding rule.

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Here are the ring of fire game rules:

  • Aces: Waterfall – everyone drinks until the person who picked the ace stops drinking.
  • Choose – whoever picked the card must tell someone to drink.
  • Me – the player who picked the card must drink.
  • Whore – the girls drink.
  • Thumb Master – the player who picked the card puts a thumb on the table and everyone must do likewise. The last to follow must drink. The said player remains to be the thumb master until another player picks a 5.
  • Dicks – the guys drink.
  • Heaven – the player who picked the card will point a finger to the sky, whoever follows last will drink.
  • Mate – the player who picked the card will drink along with someone of his or her choice.
  • Rhyme – the player who picked the card will say a word, and the succeeding players in the circle will mention a word that rhymes with the first. The one who messes up drinks.
  • Categories – the player who picked the card chooses a category, and everyone else has to say a word that fits into the chosen category. Say the category is Physics, everyone must mention a word related to physics, like thermodynamics, gravity, speed, etc.

Jack: Rule Maker – the player who picked the card can make up a rule that everyone has to follow (including the said player) for the duration of the game. Whosoever disobeys shall be punished with a drink.

Queen: Questions – everyone must take turns asking questions to each other. Whoever fails will drink.

King: Pour – the player who picked the card must pour a little of his or her drink into the cup in the middle. The unfortunate player who picks up the last king will drink all the contents of the entire cup, which by the way is a concoction of the different drinks of the previous drinks! All hail the King!

The game ends when the last king is picked.

Kings and Blood

Name of the Game: Kings and Blood
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

This is another of those games where an unfortunate player must drink a strange concoction of drinks that may taste good or just plain horrible.

Spread the cards face down around a large cup that is placed in the middle of the playing area. Each player takes a turn flipping over a card and showing it to everyone.

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If you flip a black card, you are safe. But if you draw a red card, you need to take two sips. But if a king is drawn, you pour as much beer as you want into the cup in the middle.

The lucky player who happens to draw the fourth king must drink the concoction of alcohol in the large cup. Once this happens, the game ends.

Brain Damage

Name of the Game: Brain Damage
Duration of one game: 1 Hour

Brain damage is a game very similar to Blackjack, but instead of aiming for 21, the players aim for 7.5 points. Before the game starts, all the 8’s, 9’s and red 10’s must be removed from a deck of cards.

Here’s how the cards are ranked:

  • Kings, Queens, Jacks - 5 points
  • Aces - 1 point
  • 2-7 - normal face value
  • 10 - wild

First, everyone picks a random card and the one who got the highest deals first, while the lowest deals last. This means that everyone gets to be a dealer.

The dealer deals 1 card face down to everyone including himself or herself. The dealer turns to the first player (you) and you both bet any amount of beer. Afterwards, you view your respective cards while keeping them concealed from everyone else.

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You can hit as many as you want, if you bust (go over 7.5) you need to announce that you did and you drink as the bet dictates. If you hit 5 cards already and you still aren’t busted (Five card Charlie), then you win automatically. Hooray!

But if you get 7.5, the dealer can try to make it a tie. Then, it is the dealer’s turn to take the hits. If the dealer busts, the dealer drinks. When everyone (dealer and player) is satisfied with your hits, your both reveal your cards.

Here’s what happens then:

  • The person with the lowest total drinks.
  • If it’s a tie, the player drinks

The dealer does the same with the third player. The game ends when everyone has dealt. Rumor has it that it is always lucky to be the first dealer, because becoming the last will result in the inheritance of the game’s namesake.

Drinking card games for 4 people

When you’ve got a crowd at home with nothing to do, a deck of cards and some booze can turn the night around! Make sure the way to the toilets are free, though.

Four Horsemen

Name of the Game: Four Horsemen 
Duration of one game: 1 Hour

Do you love to play solitaire? Then you will surely love this game!

To start, the four kings are taken out from the deck and placed face up in the playing area. The dealer deals seven cards to each player, and the remaining deck is also placed in the center.

The objective of the game is to build the suit of each king in descending order, starting with the queen all the way down to the ace. If you are unable to play a card to continue the order, you must draw from the deck and must take a sip of beer each time.

When you are able to play a card, you can distribute drinks to anyone else: a queen equals two drinks, a jack three drinks, and so on.

Asshole

Name of the Game: Asshole
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

Card games for 4 adults sure are a lot of fun, and Asshole is no exception. To play this game, one simply needs a deck of cards, bottles of beer, and a whole lot of guts.

The objective of the game is to get rid of all of the cards in your hand before anyone else. Aces are considered the highest, and 3’s the lowest.

the round ends and he or she will set the next

The game begins with the dealer dealing out all of the 52 cards. Whoever has the 4 of Clubs will be the first one to play by laying down that card only. The succeeding players must lay down a single card higher than the previous ones.

Once the circle completes, the player who placed the final card will be the one to begin this round. If the round begins with a single card, then everyone will lay down a single card.

If the round begins with two cards, which must be the same in value (say two 5’s or two 7’s), then the next player must lay down two cards of the same value that is higher than the previous one (say two 8’s or two queens), and so on.

The only exception to this rule is the 2, which is a power card. A single 2 can beat anything else. When a player brings out a 2, the round ends and he or she will set the next.

Once the game ends, a hierarchy will be established:

President: First to go out

Vice-President: Second to go out

Secretary: Third to go out

Asshole: Last to go out

There are certain privileges that comes with having the highest position, such as:

  • The President gives his two worst cards to the Asshole in exchange for the latter’s two best cards.
  • The bosses can tell their lower ranking subjects to drink anytime for any reason, or can tell them to refill their glasses.

Beer Blow

Name of the Game: Beer Blow
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

People who love to play wind instruments might have an advantage with this one.

To play this game, a deck of cards and an empty bottle will be needed. First, balance a deck of cards on an empty bottle. Each player will take turns blowing cards off, with the last person blowing the last card losing the game. The loser must drink a glass of beer as a consequence.

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Many people love to add a little twist here and there to make new card games for adults, and to make things more interesting. One such special rule is, if an ace happens to be found among the cards that were blown off, the culprit must drink a glass of beer.

If two aces were found, then two glasses of beer must be drunk, and so on.

Circle of Death 1

Name of the Game: Circle of Death 1 
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

To start the deadly game, spread a deck of cards into a circular shape. Afterwards, a player and the person to his or her left randomly chooses a card. If the drawn cards happened to have the same suit, then the two values must be added and both players must drink for that many seconds.

randomly chooses a card

Otherwise, the drawn cards will be discarded and it is the turn of both player 2 and the person to his or her left to pick up a random card, and so on.

If the same cards of the same suit were drawn three consecutive times, then all the values must be added up, the total number of which all players must drink to.

Here are the card values:

  • Face cards (except ace) - 10
  • Ace - 11

Crazy Eights

Name of the Game: Crazy Eights
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

Get ready to get crazy with eights!

Remove the four 8’s from the deck and lay them out in a vertical row. The dealer deals the rest to all the players. The objective of the game is to get rid of the cards as soon as possible.

succeeding players build from that

To play, the players take turns laying down a card in either direction of the eights, say a seven or a six, and the succeeding players build from that.

If you have no cards to play, then any card will do as substitute but you will have to drink the value of the difference between the card played and the card that was supposed to be played. If you are successful then you can distribute the drinks equal to the value of your card to anyone you wish.

Drown the Clown

Name of the Game: Drown the Clown
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

Nothing beats a card game that involves fast reflexes, incoherent shouting, and mad drinking.

you must point to him or her as fast as you can

The dealer deals one card face down to each player (including himself or herself). At the count of three everyone turns their card over at the same time. If your card happens to have the same value with another, you must point to him or her as fast as you can and say “Clown!”

The last person who has a match to say “Clown” will have to drink the number on his or her card. If someone happens to point someone without actually having a match, that person will will have to drink 3 times.

Drinking card games for 5 people

So there’s suddenly a crowd at home and you have no idea what to do to entertain them? The solution is easy!

Lay down a deck of cards (or two) and a bottle of vodka and you have an instant party! Let your guests handle the snacks and everyone’s ready for a good time.

Indian Poker

Name of the Game: Indian Poker
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

Indian Poker is one of those good card games for drinking that becomes more fun the more people play.

each player lifts their card to their foreheads

To start, the dealer deals one card face down to each player. Without looking at their card, each player lifts their card to their foreheads so everyone else can see. Keep in mind that 2s are lowest and aces are highest.

With the ranking system in mind, each player must decide whether they think they have the highest ranking card. The dealer starts the game by betting a number of drinks that his or her card is the highest, or he or she can pass the betting to the next player.

Players who fold will exit the game. The remaining players will either raise or call. The results of the game will be judged accordingly:

The remaining player with the highest card wins ( will not drink)

Any player who folded and had a lower card than the winner will take 2 shots.

Any player who folded and had a higher card than the winner will take the number of shots equivalent to their card value.

Anyone who did not fold and lost will have to take the number of shots equivalent to the difference between their card value and the winner’s.

Beeramid

Name of the Game: Beeramid
Duration of one game:

True to its namesake, Beeramid is one of the card games for drinking beer that will truly shake your night!

the cards in the pyramid represents a drink

To begin, the dealer will have to lay out 15 cards in a form of a pyramid, and will have to deal 5 cards face down to each player. Each of the cards in the pyramid represents a drink.

The dealer turns over the top card in the pyramid and declares the card value. If you have the card with the same value you can tell a player to drink. You can also bluff that you have the card, to which the player can believe you and drink or call the bluff and you drink.

Cheat

Name of the Game: Cheat
Duration of one game: 1 Hour

 must discard aces

The game’s objective is to get rid of all your cards. To start, dealer deals all cards to all players. Randomly select who goes first, second, etc. The first player must discard aces, the second 2’s, the third 3’s, and so on. If the game isn’t finished after kings, then go back to aces, 2’s, and so on.

This is where the fun starts, say the first player discards his or her aces first down. Nobody knows if all those cards are actually aces, since the player can lie. If someone doubts, he or she can say “Cheat!”

Then this happens:

  • If the player is telling the truth, then the challenge is false and the challenger drinks equal to the number of the discarded pile.
  • If the challenger was right, then the player must drink equal to the number of the discarded file.

Aces

Name of the Game: Aces
Duration of one game: 15 Minutes

This game is purely luck and chance, which is a perfect game when everyone is wasted! Or is getting there.

dealt the second ace is entrusted to pay for the drink

The dealer deals a card face up to each player in turn, including himself or herself. The player who gets the 1st ace chooses an alcoholic drink.

The player who is dealt the second ace is entrusted to pay for the drink.

The player who gets the 3rd ace must go to the bar and grab the drink.

The most fortunate player who is dealt the 4th ace has to chug down the drink in one gulp. If the lucky one fails to do so, then he or she must buy everyone included in the game a drink!

Up and Down the River

Name of the Game: Up and Down the River
Duration of one game: 1 Hour

The dealer deals 4 cards face up to everyone. The game begins with the dealer going “up the river” by flipping a card off the top of the deck. Any player who has a numerically matching card must take a drink.

dealing the cards on top of the 4th card

The next deal is 2 drinks for each matching card, then 3 drinks for each, and lastly 4 drinks for each. Each additional matching card, corresponds to an additional drink.

After the 4th flipped card, the dealer goes “down the river” by dealing the cards on top of the 4th card to the players. Players with numerically matching cards distributes 4 drinks to other players in any combination (4 different persons; 1 person drinks all).

A drink is added for each additional card that matches.

Similar to the previous, the next cards dealt means 3 drinks for each matching card, then 2 drinks for each, and lastly a drink for each. Then the dealer goes back “up the river”.

The game ends when the deck runs out of cards.

Circle of Death 3

Name of the Game: Circle of Death 3
Duration of one game: 30 Minutes

The game’s only objective is to give drinks to someone, and take drinks into your body. To begin the dealer deals 4 cards face up to all players. He or she then proceeds to turn over a card from the top of the deck, and anyone who has a matching card will say “I give a drink to ____ .” The chosen one must take a drink.

take drinks into your body

Afterwards, the dealer turns another card and anyone who has a matching card must take a drink.

The next turn means that the players must give 2 drinks and take 2 drinks, then give 3 drinks and take 3 drinks, and so on until the fourth. At which time the game goes back to 1 with another dealer.

Each additional matching card means an additional drink to be given or taken.

Feelin' wasted yet?

There you have it! These are the most popular drinking card games you’ll find anywhere. Of course some card games work best with a specific kind of crowd, Bet your Liver for example is best for those who have high alcohol tolerance. While Indian Poker works best for those who love to play poker!

Nevertheless, card games for adults at parties can get pretty wild, so never forget to keep everything in moderation to keep the fun going. With that in mind, go ahead and have a great time with these top card games for adults!

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