Outdoor Drinking Games – 7 Fun Ways To Get Lit

a group of young people hanging out outside with a box of beer

There’s nothing better than getting together with friends outside, having a few drinks and letting loose. But, sometimes the atmosphere isn’t as intoxicating as it could be.

In moments like these, nothing gets things going better than a good drinking game.

They’re a great way to get everyone engaged and interacting with each other.

Here you’ll learn a few outdoor drinking games that’ll juice up your time with friends quickly.

Ready? Let’s get to it!

Disclaimer: 

  • These games are clearly intended for adults and those over the legal drinking age!
  • Always drink responsibly and don’t drive if you drink!

7 Super Fun Easy Outdoor Drinking Games

a close up shot of a beer pong ball in action

I’ve gathered seven party games that’ll get you buzzed in hilarious, easy and fun ways, whether you’re camping or just kicking it in your backyard. And the best part is, most of them can be enjoyed even if you’re on a tight budget.

Never Have I Ever

“Never Have I Ever” is my absolute favorite drinking game so, of course, I put it as number one on this list.

Want to know the best part?

You don’t need anything to play it; just a bit of creativity and a walk down memory lane.

It gets even better:

This game has no age restrictions and no limit on the number of people who can play it.

So, let’s get started.

Everyone should have a drink in hand.

Then someone says, “Never have I ever (something).”

Everyone who has done something like that in their life, drinks. Anyone who hasn’t done it, doesn’t drink.

Let’s go through a more specific example.

Let’s say I say: “Never have I ever peed in the outdoors.”

Everyone who has peed outside, drinks. You’ve probably figured out by now what happens with the people who haven’t done it. They stay drinkless!

With this game, you can find out odd and maybe even kinky stuff that others have done.

You can even say something that you haven’t done before to see if maybe someone else has.

The game is quite fun once you get the hang of it. This usually happens quite fast and needless to say that you’ll get drunk even faster.

Flip Cup

Here’s another great game that you’ve also probably already seen.

First of all – you divide yourselves into two teams with an equal number of players.

Before the battle begins, you stand on opposite sides of a table, facing one another, eye to eye.

In front of each player is a disposable plastic cup filled with alcohol. People usually fill them with beer, but you can pour in whichever beverage you like. Just be careful – this game gets you intoxicated pretty fast, so it’s better to go for the light drinks.

Make a toast before starting the game.

After which the first member of each team drinks their whole beverage. Once you down the drink, you place the cup open side up on the edge of the table.

Then the flip challenge begins!

The goal is to lift or flick the bottom of the cup until it flips and lands face down on the table.

Rules to keep in mind:

  • If a cup is knocked from the table, you can’t move on to the next cup until you place the first cup back and flip it well.
  • It is against the rules of the game to use two hands or blow on the cup to get it to flip over.
  • When the first teammate has victoriously flipped their row of cups, the next person can begin their flip play.
  • Following players are not allowed to touch their cup until the previous player has successfully flipped their cup.

Whichever team finishes drinking and flipping all of their cups first – wins.

Beer Pong

Beer pong is definitely the most famous and happily played among young people.

This fun game originated in the US, but it has become known worldwide. It’s a classic game that requires minimal skill to be played.

To play this game you’ll need:

  • Longer table
  • Plastic cups (12 or 20 pieces)
  • Standard ping pong ball
  • Beer (or any other booze)

The goal of the game is to hit the ball across the table into the opponent’s cups. When you get one in, they have to drink the glass you hit.

Now, let’s go through the rules and setup of this game:

Setting Up The Playing Field

On each side of the table, place glasses full of alcohol (in the shape of a triangle – like bowling pins).

They will be used as target points when the shooting starts.

Also, put another glass of water on each side that will serve to wash the ball between shots.

a beer pong setup

Team Selection

The game can be played 1 on 1. Or one team against another, depending on how many players there are.

There isn’t a limit of how many people can play it.

Selecting the team that starts first can be determined by a simple coin flip game. Or the captains of the teams can battle it out in a match of rock paper scissors.

Shooting

Each team throws the ball one at a time.

If the ball falls into the glass, the opposing player is obliged to drink from the glass in which the ball fell.

After finishing the drink, the other team has the right to throw the ball.

If a player misses, the opposing team throws straight away without having to drink.

Extra Rules

To create an order of who drinks next when you’re playing in teams, you must choose between these two options.

  • You’ll either go for the “who’s next from the team to drink” circle.
  • Or you’ll go for the option where the player chooses a player from the opposing team to drink.

Players are not allowed to shoot glasses if they have not had their drink. If someone shoots and a player from the same team hasn’t had a drink, a penalty kick will follow which obliges everyone from that team to drink.

You can play by refilling or removing the glasses that have been hit.

There are three ways you can throw the balls:

  • Lob
  • A direct hit
  • Bouncer

Love Hate

love and hate in little wooden letters on a black and white background

“Love hate” is a simple but wacky game.

I love these kinds of games where you don’t need too much preparation – just a bit of goodwill and you’re ready to go!

Let me explain:

Two people can play it, but it’s definitely more intense if there are more than two players.

You sit in a circle and someone makes a toast. Everyone drinks up.

Then the person who made the toast says “love.”

Then, the person next to him says “hate.”

That is one round of the game.

It’s up to you whether you’ll go clockwise or in the opposite direction.

The next round starts when the following person says “love,” then the player after says “love” again. The following two players say “hate,” and then a new round starts. In which you say “love” 3 times and then “hate” 3 times.

I guess you got the idea of how it goes. Each round you add another “love hate”.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting.

Every time a player forgets what he was supposed to say, he drinks.

You might be wondering how often it really happens that someone forgets what they were supposed to say?

Trust me, it happens a lot!

You can play by kicking out the players that have lost concentration or you can just start the game over whenever someone drinks.

I suggest you play by starting the game over and having someone different make a toast and start the game each time.

But, if you’re feeling competitive and want to keep the round going until the last man is left standing, by all means.

This game progresses really fast and it can get quite intense.

At one point all you’ll be hearing is “love love love love, hate hate hate hate.” Then someone messes up, starts drinking, laughing, splashing. Then more funny toasts, lots of love and equal hate.

Sumo Shoe Game

a man holding a shoe

In this outdoor drinking game, two players face each other on the ground like sumo wrestlers with a shoe between them.

When a host calls out either “knees,” “head” or “feet,” the two have to touch those parts of their bodies.

When and only when a host says “shoe,” it’s a race to react first and grab the shoe from the ground.

He who grabs the shoe first takes a sip of their drink. Whoever fails has to take at least three sips of their beverage.

Whoever goes for the shoe when the host calls out “knees,” “head” or “feet,” drinks.

The goal is to get the shoe first, so you need to be fast.

To spice things up, each time a round ends, players on one side can move to the right, so you get a new opponent.

The two from each row that have the least wins, fall out.

Some people will become faster the more they drink and some will become slower.

The fastest will survive!

And it will definitely be hilarious watching people fighting for the shoe as the game becomes more competitive and intense.

King’s Cup

a person shuffling a deck of cards with the king on top

For this game, you need a deck of cards. Because who doesn’t love a good card game?

Shuffle the cards and place the deck on the table facing downwards.

The player who starts the game takes the first card and shows it to the others.

Each card has its own rule that is predetermined before the game starts. Often groups establish house rules with their own variation of the rules.

There are two universal rules – if the Queen is pulled out, all the ladies have to drink something. If it is a Jack, then all men drink.

I’ll show you the set of rules which my friends and I play with, in case you are too lazy to come up with your own.

Ace – The waterfall card!

The player who gets an ace starts drinking their drink and the person to their left follows until there are no players left. No player can stop drinking until the player that’s before them stops.

You get why it’s called a waterfall now?

Two – Choose one player that’ll take two sipes. Or two players that’ll each take a sip.

Three – You take three sips of your drink.

Four – You choose one player and you both take two sips.

Five – Take five!

You are free to go relieve yourself.

Six – Last person who puts their hand on the table or ground, drinks!

Seven – Last person to raise their hand, drinks!

Eight – You choose a pal that’ll drink with you anytime you drink.

Nine – Rhyme time!

Say a word and the person to your right must say a word that rhymes with your. This continues around the table until someone doesn’t come up with a word or he needs too long to find one. That person has to drink their whole drink. The same word cannot be used twice.

Ten – Everybody freeze!

The last that freezes, drinks.

You can play with or without jokers. When we do use them and someone pulls it out, the rule is that everybody drinks!

Wondering why this game is called King’s Cup?

The King has a special role in this game.

Before you begin, place an empty glass in the middle of the table. Everyone who pulls out the King must add a bit of their drink to this glass.

The person who pulls out the last king must drink everything in the cup.

This is a pretty exciting game – and definitely not recommended for lightweights!

Spikeball

a spikeball trampoline and ball

Also known as round net, this is an active outdoor drinking game that’ll help you sweat out the beverages you drink.

No, this won’t make it easier. Just more juicy!

To play this game you’ll need a spikeball set, or you can make one on your own.

Spikeball is played with a mini trampoline-style net. The set is typically 22 x 5 x 10 inches in size and weighs around 3 pounds, making it portable.

The mini trampoline sits comfortably on the ground and is simple to set up thanks to its foldable legs. The set usually includes two extra balls.

While this might look like a setup for a kids’ game, it’s actually far from it. In fact, it can get pretty intense.

Teams of two or more take turns spiking the ball as hard and strategically as possible at the net. The goal is to keep your opponent from getting it and spiking it back at you.

It’s a fast-paced, competitive outdoor game that provides a fun challenge to the players and a great show to the audience!

The drinking game rules:

Well, the first rule can be – whenever a team misses their chance to get the ball back, they drink.

This one rule will intoxicate you enough when playing. However, if you are feeling creative, feel free to come up with a few of your own.

If you don’t have a spikeball set, simply draw a circle on the ground with the same dimensions as the set. You will still need a ball that will bounce off the ground. Note that it will surely be impossible to play it on the beach without a set.

But don’t fret, you’ve got other games for beach time!

Let’s Wrap It Up

Hallelujah! That was a lot to cover.

My mind already got tipsy just by writing about these games and imagining scenarios in which they could be used.

What’s the bottom line?

Well, now you have a fun drinking game for any occasion wherever you are. Whether you’re looking for a camping game or a backyard game, you’re sure to find something on this list that everyone will enjoy.

Even if you haven’t prepared accessories such as tables, balls and cups – you still have a few that you can play with just your imagination.

But remember to drink responsibly and within your capabilities and don’t drink and drive!

These games will entertain you but be sure to drink just enough to have fun and not get hammered and start throwing up all over the place.

However, if you feel like throwing up, do it and come back to the party graciously.

Bottoms up! Enjoy your new set of drinking games!