10 Drinking Games for Two People

Updated on October 11, 2016

Everyone loves a good drinking game. Nothing breaks the ice with a new group of people or gets a party started like a round of beer pong—or if you take your drinking seriously—True American. But they don't just have to be for big groups. In fact, they can be just as fun to play with a good friend, or someone you'd like to get to know better. These ten games can turn a couple beers with a pal into an evening for the ages, and there are more games suggested by readers below!

10 Fun Drinking Games for 2

Game
What You'll Need
Good Game For . . .
Higher/Lower
A deck of cards & your favorite drinks.
Beginners & getting to know somebody.
Two Truths and a Lie
Alcohol and a few stories to tell.
Breaking the ice.
Power Hour
At least an hour, a lot of shot glasses.
When you're feeling competitive.
Never Have I Ever . . .
Alcohol and a few things to confess.
Getting to know somebody better.
Flip Cup
Beer & a bunch of cups.
Having a silly, fun time.
Battle Shots
A Battleship board (official or homemade), paper, pencils & 6 shots.
When you feel like drinking and playing a board game at the same time.
Truth or Dare or Drink
Alcohol & plenty of questions.
Getting to know somebody better.
Quarters
Alcohol & a bunch of quarters.
When you want to impress somebody with your skills.
I'm Going on a Picnic
Alcohol & your wits about you.
Hanging out with a new friend.
Caps
Cups of beer and bottle caps.
Hanging out with an old friend.

Higher/Lower

The dealer turns over a card from the top of the deck and the second player guesses whether the next card will be higher or lower.
The dealer turns over a card from the top of the deck and the second player guesses whether the next card will be higher or lower.
  • Materials: a deck of cards (or the card deck app on a phone)

This game is about as simple as it gets. The "dealer" turns over a card from the top of the deck. The second player then guesses whether the next card will be higher or lower than the turned-over card. If the second player is right, the dealer drinks. If the second player is wrong then he or she drinks.

Two Truths and a Lie

Another excellent icebreaker that gets an extra jolt from the addition of alcohol. This is a great game either for two people who know each other well or for two people who want to get to know each other better. Here's how it works:

  1. The first player makes three statements about themselves. Two of the statements have to be true, while one has to be a lie.
  2. The second player then has to guess which is the lie. If the second player guesses correctly, the first player must drink and if incorrectly, the second player has to drink.
  3. Switch.

Power Hour

The goal is to drink 60 shots of beer in 60 minutes.
The goal is to drink 60 shots of beer in 60 minutes.

This one you might feel in the morning. In Power Hour, the goal is to drink 60 shots of beer in 60 minutes. That's one shot of beer per minute. Whoever makes it through the entire hour wins—or loses, depending on how bad the morning hangover is. Be careful with this one: it can get you pretty wasted.

"Never Have I Ever . . . "

A fun icebreaker that is even better with the addition of alcohol. This is a good drinking game for a large party too. Here's how it works:

  1. The first player starts by saying something that they have never done, for instance, "Never have I ever gone skydiving." (It's traditional to begin your confession with "Never have I ever . . ." but not required.)
  2. If the other person has gone skydiving then that player has to drink.
  3. Switch roles.

Flip Cup

When finished with a beer players place cups upside down on the table and try to flick the cups by their overhanging rims to turn the cups right side up.
When finished with a beer players place cups upside down on the table and try to flick the cups by their overhanging rims to turn the cups right side up.

Though most often played in larger groups, this game works just as well with two.

  1. Starting at the same time, both players chug a beer from a plastic cup as fast as they can.
  2. When finished, place the cup upside down on the edge of the table with the rim hanging out a bit over the edge.
  3. Try to "flick" the overhanging rim to get the cup to flip right-side up before the other person.

Battle Shots

Use shots as "boats" in a game of Battleship.
Use shots as "boats" in a game of Battleship.

You can purchase an official version of Battleship, which is super fun to play. But if you don't want to shell out for it, or don't happen to own a copy of the Parker Bros. classic game, you can you can make up your own game board pretty easily. Trust me, the set-up time is totally worth it. Get ready for a trip down nostalgia lane:

Materials:

  • paper
  • pencil
  • 6 shots

Directions:

  1. Draw a 7x7 grid on a piece of paper, labeling the columns alphabetically and the rows numerically. That way each box has a letter-number designation, e.g. the top left is box A1.
  2. Place your "boats" by marking Xs along the grid: three "X"s for the battleship, two "X"s for the destroyer, and one "X" for the submarine. Each "X" represents one shot.
  3. Take turns guessing where your opponents "battle shots" are. Every time someone "hits" an X, take one shot. You win by sinking all of your opponent's "battle shots." Loser must then drink all the remaining shots.

Truth or Dare or Drink

There are a couple ways to play this classic getting-to-know-you game.

Option 1: Just do the “truth” part. Take turns asking personal questions. If the other person doesn't want to answer, they must drink. Awesome for people who know each other well and/or have no shame. Even better if you’re playing with someone you’re interested in.

Option 2: Just do the “dare” part. Do the dare or take the drink. This one gets a lot more fun as the game goes on, since people are more likely to do silly dares when they're drunk!

Quarters

One player tries to bounce a quarter off the table into a cup or shot glass.
One player tries to bounce a quarter off the table into a cup or shot glass.

Materials: Quarters, Cups.

One player tries to bounce a quarter off the table into a cup or shot glass. If the shooter makes it, the other player must drink and the shooter gets another turn. If the shooter misses, it’s the other players turn to shoot. This is probably the best drinking game for 2 people because it's a skill game, and you definitely want to practice one-on-one before playing it at a party.

"I'm Going on a Picnic . . ."

This is a memory game. Go through the alphabet naming things you'd bring on a picnic, adding one more item per turn.

Person A: I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing Apples.

Person B: I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing Apples and Bananas.

Person A: I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing Apples, Bananas, and Carrots.

I think you catch the drift. Drink every time someone makes a mistake. This game gets more hilarious both the drunker and the farther down the alphabet you get. Very likely you’ll get sidetracked by arguments about why anyone would need to bring a xylophone to a picnic.

Caps

Players face each other and try to throw bottle caps into each others' cups.
Players face each other and try to throw bottle caps into each others' cups.

This one can be played with either two or four people.

The basic rules go like this: each player sits facing the other at opposite ends of a room. Next to each player is a cup full of beer. Each player takes turns trying to throw a bottle cap into the other player’s cup. If one makes it, then the player that was scored on has to chug the cup of beer. What else are you going to do with those old bottle caps?

More Fun Drinking Games (Suggested by Readers!)

  • Death Pong: Beer pong with beer but one cup has liquor in it. The other team doesn't know where you put the shot.
  • Tic-Tac-Toe: Play tic-tac-toe with shots instead of x's and o's.
  • True American: Set up tables, chairs, and cushions in a room so players can move around to escape from the "molten lava" on the floor. At the center is a castle made of a bottle of alcohol and many beers. As players traverse the game area, they remove beers and drink them. Once all of the beers have been removed, the first player to reach the bottle of alcohol, finish their beer, and take a swig from bottle, wins the game.
  • Conan the Barbarian: Play Conan the Barbarian movie on DVD with the commentary turned on. Any time Arnold says the words, "right", "exactly", or a combination of the two, take a drink.
  • Red/Black: You'll need a deck of cards and beer. The dealer flips a card and other person guesses whether it's red or black. If they're right, nobody drinks. If they're wrong, the guesser drinks. Three correct in a row you can make a rule, such as can't say drink, drank, or drunk. If a rule is broken, the rule breaker must drink. Once the deckk is completely gone through, reshuffle and start over.

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        pizza_wank 

        15 months ago

        best two person game: doggy style.

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        anon 

        23 months ago

        This is bunk

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        Anonymous 

        23 months ago

        Lovin it!!

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        delroy costello 

        2 years ago

        Ab Fab: Watch any episode of Absolutely Fabulous and drink for each use "Darling", "Fabulous" or "sweetie". 3-8 times per minute.

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        Mike 

        2 years ago

        Death cup. Beer pong with beer but one cup has liquor in it. The other team doesn't know where you put the shot. Good game to get you drunk!

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        Raaj 

        2 years ago from Malaysia

        great ideas!thanks!

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        tyson03 

        2 years ago

        Those are great ideas!!!! I love it

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        Ghost268948510 

        2 years ago

        I think these ways of fun are overrated some say that theirs new ways even different ways of having fun while drinking that consider of games that will open your mind to new things

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        Sourav Rana 

        2 years ago

        Great ideas to boost your enjoyment while having a drink with friends, thanks for this useful info.

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        Tuyen Hoang 

        2 years ago

        Great and funny game !

        What will you drink ? water, wine, beer or something else ? :D

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        Adrian Villegas 

        2 years ago from Phoenix, Az

        I've played quite a few of these... All are pretty fun, definitely worth playing, but I don't drink nearly as much as I used to. Having kids kinda changes the routine and priorities.

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        Linda Robinson 

        2 years ago from Cicero, New York

        Good morning Tealparadise Absolutely loved this hub, what fun, entertaining ways to bring to a adult party. Excellent party fun and so many terrific ideas for making any adult party more interesting and successful. So nice meeting you. Look forward to reading many more of your hubs. So nice meeting you. Linda

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        omar ibrahem 

        2 years ago from Egypt

        thamk you for sharing

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        stephen kalu 

        2 years ago from Nigeria

        love this game but don't think we play it in our area. wish to see someo0ne that i can do that with or will doing it alone be another fun.

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        Jean Francois 

        2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

        It looks like I did concentrate on computers too much during my younger years haha! Those are interested ways to share a drink with a friend and still have some fun at the same time. Thanks for the sharing.

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        Rota 

        3 years ago

        Haha...I like the sound of the "Im going on a picnic" gane and the "Two truths and a lie". The latter wud be soooo great for getting to know someone, its true!

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        Arnab Dutta 

        3 years ago from Kolkata, India.

        Thanks for some new mentions. I will definitely try this "Two Truths and a Lie" game.

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        GreenMind Guides 

        3 years ago from USA

        Hey cool idea for a hub. I can't wait to try a few of these. I can only assume you've personally mastered them all. Thanks for a great hub and keep up the good work!

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        Dr Pandula 

        3 years ago from Norway

        This is something I have never thought about! Thanks for sharing.

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        Edgemaster 

        3 years ago from Dallas

        Tips for battle shots - pizza boxes are made for this game. And if you get a large pizza you can add more squares.

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        suraj punjabi 

        3 years ago from jakarta

        The staff at Hubpages wanted to give this an Editor's Choice but they got too drunk by the time they finished reading this and played the games you explained. Great hub, looking forward to trying this on saturday night

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        Johnny Slapstick 

        3 years ago

        This is a really nerdy one, that I discovered while watching Conan the Barbarian DVD with the commentary turned on with the director and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Basically, any time Arnold says the words, "right", "exactly", or a combination of the two, you need to take a drink. He says them so much in the commentary it's ridiculous. On top of that it's hilarious because he remembers very little about the movie, while the director remembers all kinds of stuff.

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        Kristen Howe 

        3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Although I don't drink alcohol, this sounds like fun for parties in any settings. Great hub!

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        Matty 

        3 years ago

        Hah I'm going with Matt's Red/Black, tried it and it was hilarious and got us all shmasted. Highly recommend this one good call man

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        Jasmine 

        3 years ago

        playing with the wife tonight. This makes it very much more interesting rather than drinking a mix while watching tv.

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        Robert Morgan 

        3 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

        Great hub. I think I learned a thing or two about drinking games. But most of all I van see a better way reorganize my hubs. Thanks.

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        Glenn Stok 

        3 years ago from Long Island, NY

        These games sound like a lot of fun, and drinking isn't even necessary although it can add to the excitement. I especially like "Two Truths and a Lie" because some people have one thing or another in their past that is unbelievable, such as knowing a famous person that no one would have expected. That can make this particular game very interesting.

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        Krzysztof Willman 

        3 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

        I've heard a few of these games and even played a couple, but many are very vague. They do seem like a lot of fun if you're into that sort of thing as long as no one goes overboard with them. Very interesting hub and could be useful as well in the future.

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        Susie Lehto 

        3 years ago from Minnesota

        I must live in a bubble because I haven't heard of these drinking games people play.

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        John Hansen 

        3 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Most of these games are new to me. Sound like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing.

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        Penny Miranda 

        3 years ago from Portland, OR

        Never heard of battle shots! Very creative.

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        Catherine Giordano 

        3 years ago from Orlando Florida

        Sounds like fun. I played never Ever with a large group as an icebreaker. No drinking tho. It got down to me and one other. She won.

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        Whitney Rose Wood 

        3 years ago

        These are awesome. I am going to have to try battle shots. Also look up horse race. It is a drinking game that you make bets and pick a suit. You"race" the suits, then the loser drinks the other persons bet.

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        Dom Begbour 

        3 years ago from Southampton, UK

        Great games! Although where I'm from in the UK, Power Hour is called Centurion and it's 100 beer shots in 100 minutes rather than 60 shots in 60 minutes :D

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        Jacobb9205 

        3 years ago

        Great games! Thank you for sharing :)

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        Kitra-sh 

        3 years ago

        Nice games, thank you for sharing. Now i've a valid reason for drinking tonight!!

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        Matt 

        4 years ago

        Red/black

        1 deck of cards

        Recommend beer

        Dealer flips card and other person guesses red or black. If guessed correctly no drink taken and go again. Incorrectly you must drink and turn moves on. If you guess three correctly in a row you can make a rule. Ie: can't say drink, drank, or drunk or can't say names or thumb rule meaning when rule maker puts their thumb down in plain sight, last one to follow drinks. Other rules are self explanatory. If broken, rule breaker must drink. Once desk is completely gone through, reshuffle and start over. Enjoy!!!

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        M0n5terKat 

        5 years ago

        New drinking game to add,its called HamHunt.

        Items needed

        12 solo cups

        2 ping pong balls

        2 shot glasses

        Each player arranges six solo cups in any order on their end of the table surrounding their one shot glass in the center; solo cups filled with beer and liquor in the shot glass. The players each take a turn trying to take out the cups protecting the shot glass till all cups are depleted. Once all solo cups are depleted the shot glass can be targeted. If a player makes the shot glass before the cups are gone, that player losses the game. In addition while a player is attempting to make a cup the defending player is allowed to throw or bounce there ping pong ball at the attacking players ball, to knock it out of the way; but the defending player must call the defensive shot by calling ball.

        There you have it, Ham hunt.

        Drink On!

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        Nemetos 

        5 years ago

        Great games! Time to try them all out.

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