Drinking Games with Cards
One deck of cards and off you go! We have put together a list of the best drinking games with cards for an awesome party.✍️ June 3, 2020
When you’re pre-drinking with your friends, you often don’t have the stuff you need for playing good drinking games such Rage Cage or Beer Pong. However, you’ll find a deck of playing cards at almost every home.
Drinking games with cards overview
We have collected some card drinking games, which have the potential to get you shitfaced. Simply click on the name of the game and you will automatically led to the corresponding drinking game.
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This list of card drinking games we like the most.
👉 We have sorted the list by popularity.
Kings Cup is the classic among drinking games with cards. The “get-shitfaced” probability makes this game the highlight of a party.
You need at least four players for Kings Cup. The cards are placed face down on the table and a big cup is placed in the middle of the table. Now distribute all cards around the King Cup face down. You’re all set!
Kings Cup is played clockwise and round-based. Each turn, a player picks and turns over a card. Each card represents an action. When a card is turned over, the player who uncovers the card, executes the action assigned to the card.
Kings Cup Card Rules:
Ace - Waterfall
To perform a waterfall, each player starts drinking their beverage at the same time as the person to their left. No player can stop drinking until the player before them stops.
Two - Give 2
Pick a player. This player takes 2 sips. Or pick 2 players and each one of those players needs to take 1 sip
Three - Take 1
TIf you pick this card, drink 1 sip!
Four - Give 2, take 2:
Pick a player. You and the chosen player take 2 sips each.
Five - For the Men
All the guys take a big sip.
Six - For the Ladies
All girls must drink.
Seven - Thumb Master
Whenever the player who drew this card places their thumb on the end of the table, however discretely, all other players must place their thumbs there as well. The last person who places their thumb has to drink. The drawer of this card has the power to do this at any point until the next jack is drawn, or the end of the game.
Eight - Drinking Mate
“Eight is for mate”. Choose a person to be your mate and they drink when you drink for the rest of the game. If one of the mates draws another 8 card they chose another player and now all three have to drink. You can also merge two mated pairs this way. If all players of the game become mated, then all ties are cancelled.
Nine - Rhyme
“Nine is Rhyme”. You say a word, and the person to your right has to say a word that rhymes. This continues around the table until someone cannot think of a word or take too long to come up with a rhyme. This person must drink. The same word may not be used twice.
Ten - Social
Cheers, everyone drinks! 🍻
Jack - Make A Rule
This is my most favorite card to get. You can come up with a new rule for the game or remove one. If a player breaks the rules, he must drink!
An example for this would be: Everyone needs to chug their drinks with the left hand. Or everyone needs to moan while drinking. You get the idea.
Queen - Categories
You come up with a category of things, and the person to your right must come up with something that falls within that category. This goes on around the table until someone can’t come up with anything. This person must drink.
King - King’s Cup
The first 3 people who draw this card, pour their drinks into the Kings Cup in the middle of the table. The 4th player who gets this card, must drink all the content of the Kings Cup.
Ride the Bus
Ride the Bus is a great drinking game, however it can also drives you crazy.
Bus driving is played in five rounds. You drink more from round to round, The loser of the fourth round has to be the bus driver at the end. Each player receives four cards face down.
1. Round: Black or White
Every single player has to guess whether the top of his 4 face down cards is black or red. If the player guessed wrong, he/she has to drink.
Answer = “Black” 👉 Card = “Heart” Jack“ 👉 Drink! 🍺
Answer = “Red” 👉 Card = “Check” 4“ 👉 Don’t drink!
2. Round: Higher or Lower
In the second round you have to guess whether the next card on your card stack is higher or lower than the card you placed earlier. If your guess is incorrect, you have to drink.
Example: (Last placed Check 8)
Answer = “Higher” 👉 Card = „Pik 5“ 👉 Drink! 🍺
Answer = “Lower” 👉 Card = “Heart 6“👉 Don’t Drink!
3. Round: Inside or Outside
This round is about guessing whether the next card is inside or outside the last two cards, you’ve placed earlier (in terms of numbers). If your guess is wrong, you have to drink!
Example: (There are Pik 8 + cross 5)
Answer = “Inside” 👉 Card = “Heart Ace” 👉 Drink! 🍺
Answer = “Outside” 👉 Card = “Check King” 👉 Don’t Drink!### 4. Round: Color
In the last round, the each player has to guess the color of the last card. Just like in the previous rounds, you have to drink if you’re wrong.
Answer = “Cross” 👉 Card = “Heart Jack” 👉 Drink! 🍺
Answer = “Cross” 👉 Card = “Cross jack” 👉 Don’t Drink!### Pyramide Round
In the pyramid round it will be decided who has to drive the bus at the end of the game. First, you have to place 10 cards face down like a pyramid. 4 cards as a base, 3 cards above, then 2 cards and 1 card at the top. The cards get uncovered from the bottom to the top. Each player uncovers one card at a time. If the card you’ve just uncovered has the same value as a card in your hand, you can discard it and distribute sips to the other players. The goal is to discard every card in your hand.
The person with the most cards in his/her hand becomes the bus driver.
Check 7 is the first uncovered card. All players who have a 7 in their hand can discard it and distribute a sip to any player. After all four cards of the base have been uncovered, Pik Queen is turned up on the second level. All players can now discard their queens and distribute two sips to other players.### 5. Round: Driving the Bus ##
Congrats to the Bus Driver. You soon may drink a hell of a lot!
First you place 16 cards (face down) in the form of a diamond.
1 card 👉 2 cards 👉 3 cards 👉 4 cards 👉 3 cards 👉 2 cards 👉 1 cards
The task of the bus driver is to uncover a non-picture card for every level of the diamond.
If the bus driver uncovers a picture-card (Ace, King, Queen, Jack), he/she has to take a sip for every already uncovered card. After the bus driver has finished drinking, the bus drive starts again from the beginning. Each already uncovered card will be replaced with a new card. This process goes on until the player has finally managed to uncover 7 cards, without getting a picture-card. Alternative End: The bus driver lies under the table.
UNO as Drinking Game
If you don’t have any regular playing cards, then this UNO Drinking Game may be perfect for you!
How to play UNO as Drinking Game
The UNO cards are placed face down on the table. Each player alternately draws a card.
In this cases you have to drink:
- When your drawn card is the same color as the card, which the player before you has drawn.
- When your drawn card has the same number as the card, which the player before you has drawn.
- If you draw a skip card, you can distribute a sip.
- When you draw a return card, the direction changes.
- If you draw a “take two” card, the player after you has to drink. The color rule also applies to “take two” cards.
- If you draw a “take four” card, everyone has to drink.
You want more? Further UNO drinking rules can be found here: Additional Rules for UNO
Fuck the Dealer
Fuck the Dealer is a simple drinking game to get you wasted.
How to play “Fuck the Dealer”
All players get one card and the player with the lowest card is the first dealer. The highest card is an Ace, the lowest a Two.
The dealer selects a player and asks him a question.
If thep player guesses correctly, the dealer has to drink and the player takes on the role of the dealer. If the player guesses wrong, he/she must drink.
The dealer asks following questions
- What is the value of the next card in the card deck? (Ace to 2)
- What color is the next card in the card deck? (Heart, Check, Pik, cross)
- Does the next card in the card deck have a higher or lower value than the last card drawn?
After three incorrectly answered questions, the dealer will be replaced.
👉 Here you find further rules to “Fuck the Dealer”.
Blowing Cards 💨
This game requires skill. For playing “Blowing Cards” you can use any kind of cards. However we would suggest waterproof cards.
How to play “Blowing Cards”
An alcoholic drink (in a glass) is placed in the middle of the table and the playing cards are stacked on the glass.
The youngest player starts. The goal is to blow all cards from the stack except for one card.
In a clockwise direction, the players try to blow all but one card from the stack just by blowing on them.
If a player blows all cards from the stack, he must drink out the whole glass in the middle.
If a player is able to blow all cards except the last one from the stack, he can designate a player who has to drink out the glass.
In the next round the looser may fill the glass with an alcoholic drink of his choice.
Fuck you Pyramide
Fuck you pyramid is a perfect variation from Kings Cup and bus driving. You only need playing cards and at least three players to play the drinking game of the ancient Egyptians.
How to play “Fuck you Pyramide”
The cards are placed face down on the table in a pyramid shape 4 - 3 - 2 - 1. The dealer hands out the remaining cards to the players. Each player receives the same number of cards.
The goal of this game is to discard all your cards and to choose a player who needs to drink.
The dealer starts with the bottom row (4 cards). He/She reveals the first card and counts down from five to zero.
While the dealer counts, anyone can place a card of the same color (heart, check, pik, cross) or the same value (ace, king, queen, … etc.) from their hand and shout out** Fuck you player X **.
When player X is called, he must do the following:
- In the bottom row he has to drink once.
- In the penultimate row, he has to drink twice.
- In the second highest row, he has to drink three times.
- In the top row he has to drink four times.
Each player can keep his/her cards as long as he/she wants. There is no compulsion to move.
You can find detailed rules for Fuck you Pyramid here 👉 Rules for Fuck you Pyramide
More Drinking Games with cards
Of course there are many other drinking games that are played with cards. Check out our drinking game list and get inspiration for your next party. Happy celebrations! 🎉
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And don’t forget: Be careful when drinking and don’t overdo it!