Top 11 Drinking Games With Shots For Your Next Party

A thrilling fusion of entertainment and camaraderie, drinking games with shots elevate any social gathering to a lively and memorable experience. These games, often rooted in tradition and popular culture, challenge participants with tasks, questions, or actions, with shots serving as both the stakes and the rewards.

Whether it’s a quick game of “Shot Roulette” or the suspense-filled “Drink Murder”, these games are designed to break the ice, induce laughter, and create unforgettable moments among friends. Always remember, while the games are fun, it’s essential to drink responsibly and know one’s limits. Cheers to a night of spirited competition!

Listed below are some drinking games

  • Tinder
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Shot Roulette
  • Power Hour
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Drink Murder
  • Knuckles
  • Blackout
  • Titanic
  • Drunk Twister
  • Dice Dare

1. Tinder

Drinking Games With Shots


You were today years old to find out that besides being a dating app, Tinder’s also the name of a drinking game. You scroll through Tinder and take shots of specific situations. For example, take 1 shot when someone says they like working out or have a photoshopped profile picture.

What You Need

  • A smartphone or device
  • Tinder app installed
  • A well-thought-out profile
  • An internet connection

Setup

  • Players gather around with their smartphones and open the Tinder app.

How to Play

  • Players take turns scrolling through Tinder profiles.
  • For specific situations, like coming across a profile with a gym photo or a pet photo, the player takes a shot.

2. Cards Against Humanity

Drinking Games With Shots


How come we never get bored of CAH, especially the drinking game? After the Card Czar reads the black card, you play one (or more) of your white card to fill in the blank. Take one shot if you’re offended or if any word in your card is related to a reproductive organ.

What You Need

  • Cards Against Humanity card set
  • Question cards
  • Answer cards

Setup

  • Players sit around a table with the Cards Against Humanity deck.

How to Play

  • After the Card Czar reads the black card, players play one (or more) of their white cards to fill in the blank.
  • Players take a shot if their card is not chosen or if they’re offended by a card played.

3. Shot Roulette

Drinking Games With Shots


The name undoubtedly says it all. Fill most of the glasses with vodka, and a small number of them with water. Each player takes turns spinning the spinner. Everyone drinks whatever glass the spinner pointed to.

What You Need

  • Roulette set
  • Shot glasses
  • Alcoholic beverages

Setup

  • A roulette set with glasses filled mostly with vodka and a few with water.

How to Play

  • Players take turns spinning the spinner.
  • Everyone drinks the glass the spinner points to.

4. Power Hour

Drinking Games With Shots


Challenge: try to say ‘Power Hour’ 5 times, fast. Make sure everyone has shots near them. Inform the other players that for one hour, you’ll play a music playlist and put it on shuffle. Every time the music changes, everyone has to stop what they’re doing and take one shot.

What You Need

  • 60 shots of beer (or any alcoholic beverage)
  • A shot glass
  • A timer or a Power Hour mix

Setup

  • Players have shots near them and a music playlist on shuffle.

How to Play

  • Every time the music changes, everyone takes a shot.

5. Never Have I Ever

Drinking Games With Shots


A classic party game where participants take turns sharing something they’ve never done. If someone in the group has done that particular thing, they take a shot. For instance, if a player says “Never have I ever been skydiving,” anyone who has been skydiving would take a shot.

What You Need

  • Participants
  • Drinks
  • (Optional) Pre-made Never Have I Ever cards

Setup

  • Players sit in a circle.

How to Play

  • Players take turns saying “Never have I ever [done something].”
  • Those who have done that thing take a shot.

6. Drink Murder

Drinking Games With Shots


A twist on the childhood game ‘Wink Murder’. One player is secretly designated as the “murderer.” This person can “kill” someone by winking at them. In this drinking version, if you get winked at, you take a shot. The challenge is to identify the murderer before too many shots are consumed.

What You Need

  • A group of people
  • Small pieces of paper
  • A pen
  • Drinks

Setup

  • Players sit in a circle. One player is secretly designated as the “murderer.”

How to Play

  • The murderer winks at people to “kill” them.
  • If you get winked at, you take a shot.

7. Knuckles

Drinking Games With Shots


A more intense and potentially painful drinking game. Players sit around a table and take turns spinning a quarter. The next player must keep the quarter spinning. If someone fails to keep it spinning or knocks it off the table, they lose. The loser can choose between taking a shot of liquor or taking a “shot” to their knuckles by having another player slide the quarter hard against them.

What You Need

  • A flat surface
  • A coin
  • Drinks

Setup

  • Players sit around a table with a quarter.

How to Play

  • Players take turns spinning the quarter.
  • The next player must keep the quarter spinning or face a penalty.

8. Blackout

Drinking Games With Shots


A team-based drinking game. Players divide into teams and try to bounce ping-pong balls into their partner’s cups. When successful, the partner drinks the shot from the cup. The aim is to finish all the shots before the opposing team.

What You Need

  • Drinks
  • A safe environment

Setup

  • Players divide into teams with cups filled with shots and ping pong balls.

How to Play

  • Teammates try to bounce the ping pong ball into their partner’s cups.
  • When successful, the partner drinks the shot.

9. Titanic

Drinking Games With Shots


A drinking game where a large glass is filled with beer or another drink, and a shot glass (the “Titanic”) is floated on top. Players take turns pouring liquor into the shot glass. The player who causes the shot glass to sink (like the Titanic) must drink the entire concoction.

What You Need

  • A large glass
  • A shot glass
  • Beer
  • Soju or any other hard liquor

Setup

  • A large glass filled with beer and a shot glass floating on top.

How to Play

  • Players take turns pouring liquor into the shot glass.
  • The player who sinks the shot glass drinks the concoction.

10. Drunk Twister

Drinking Games With Shots


A hilarious combination of the classic game Twister and Drinking. Players place their hands and feet on colored circles as directed by the spinner. The twist? If a player falls or touches the mat with an elbow or knee, they must take a shot. The game becomes progressively more challenging (and funny) as players consume more alcohol.

What You Need

  • A Twister game set
  • Drinks

Setup

  • A Twister mat and spinner.

How to Play

  • Players place their hands and feet on colored circles as directed by the spinner.
  • If a player falls, they take a shot.

11. Dice Dare

Drinking Games With Shots


Setup: Gather your friends and sit around a table. Each player should have a shot glass filled with their preferred drink, be it liquor or a mixed drink. In the center of the table, place a standard six-sided dice.

What You Need

  • A dice
  • A list of dares
  • Drinks

How to Play

  • Players take turns rolling the dice.
  • If a player rolls a 1 or 6, they must take a shot. This represents the dare, as these are the extreme ends of the dice.
  • If a player rolls a 3, they have the power to choose another player to take a shot. This adds an element of strategy and unpredictability to the game.
  • For any other number rolled (2, 4, or 5), the player is safe and passes the dice to the next player without taking a shot.
  • The game continues in this manner, with players rolling the dice and either taking shots or directing others to do so based on their roll.

Game Night Safety Tips!

  • Set a Limit: Know your limit and stick to it. It’s okay to pass a round.
  • Hydrate: For every shot, have a glass of water. It’ll keep you refreshed and reduce the chances of a hangover.
  • Snack Up: Keep snacks around. They not only complement the shots but also help in absorbing the alcohol.
  • Safe Rides: Ensure everyone has a safe way to get home. Designate sober drivers or use ride-sharing apps.

Non-Alcoholic Variations 

Non-Alcoholic Variations  Not a fan of alcohol or want to include those who don’t drink? No problem:

  • Juice Shots: Use tropical juices or carbonated drinks. They’re flavorful and can be enjoyed by everyone.
  • Mocktail Shots: Create mini versions of popular mocktails. They’re delicious and add a sophisticated touch to the game.

Conclusion 

Shot-based drinking games can be the life of the party, but they should always be played with care and consideration. Explore different games, and experiment with shot recipes, but always prioritize safety. Here’s to a fun-filled, memorable, and responsible game night!

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