There’s nothing that would spice up a dull stay-in Saturday night quite like some cool drinking games for two. But coming up with the right one that’s both simple and fun to play with someone can pose a challenge.
So to ensure you never waste a good bottle of vodka or a case of beer or sit through awkward silence, we’ve come up with a list of the coolest drinking games.
Here’s what you need to know before you start playing.
1. Two Truths and a Lie
Two Truths and a Lie is quite possibly one of the best drinking games for two people to play if they want to get to know each other better. To play, you just need a drink and some fun trivia about yourself.
Two Truths and a Lie is a pretty slow-paced game that you can play with just one or multiple partners. It’s not the best choice if you’re just pre-gaming and want to get drunk before going out, but rather something you can play all night long.
Here’s how it works:
First, grab a drink of your choice. If you’re drinking wine or beer, take sips, but if you’re a fan of hard liquor, you can do shots.
You can start by revealing three things about yourselves: two of those have to be true and one should be a lie. The other person then has to guess which of those three statements is a lie.
If they get it right, you have to take a shot or a sip, but if they get it wrong, they have to drink.
2. I’m Going on a Picnic
One of the best memory and drinking games for two that’ll exercise your brain while getting you drunk has to be I’m Going on a Picnic. It’s essentially a boozy spin on a game that most of us played as kids.
Here’s how I’m Going on a Picnic works:
You start by saying “I’m going on a picnic and bringing…” and name something that starts with the first letter of the alphabet. For example, you could say “I’m going on a picnic and bringing an artichoke.”
Then, the person that you’re playing with needs to use what you said and add something that starts with the following letter. They could say “I’m going on a picnic and bringing an artichoke and a blanket.”
Whoever forgets one of the items first, takes a shot or a sip.
If you want to make the game trickier or get drunk faster, there are ways you can mix it up. For example, instead of saying “I’m going on a picnic,” you could use “I’m going on a vacation and going to visit,” followed by the name of a city or country.
3. Truth or Dare
Truth or Dare has been a staple in the world of drinking games for years. It’s another excellent ice-breaker and something that you can potentially play all night long. The only thing you’ll need for the game is a partner and a bottle of booze.
To play the game, ask the person to choose between two options: truth or dare. Some examples of what you could ask if they choose truth are:
- Who/when was your first kiss?
- Do you have a crush on someone?
- What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
- Have you recently told a lie and what was it?
- Who is the last person you kissed/called/texted?
If they don’t want to answer the question, they have to take a shot.
On the other hand, if they decide to go with a dare, here are examples of what you can ask them to do:
- Prank call someone
- Take a shower with their clothes on
- Speak in an accent for the next three rounds
- Dance with no music for 30 seconds
- Sing their favorite song or try to rap for a minute
- Give you their phone and let you send a text to someone
Again, if they refuse to or can’t complete a dare, they have to drink. Then, you switch and they ask you to choose between truth or dare.
4. Battle Shots
A twist on Hasbro’s classic board game Battleship, Battle Shots is a fun, strategic game that you can play with someone. You can use the original board and just replace the ships with shot glasses or make your own board.
If you don’t have a board, take two pieces of paper and draw 8×8 grids on them, labeling the horizontal ones with numbers one through seven. From top to bottom, write down letters from A to G.
Now that you have 49 free spaces, start placing your shots. Just like in the original game, one “ship” should be three shots long, the other — two, and the final — just one.
Then, you take turns and try to guess each other’s coordinates. If you succeed, the person playing with you has to take the shot from the spot that you’ve hit.
The objective of the game is to destroy someone’s entire fleet, and obviously, get tipsy.
5. Never Have I Ever
Never Have I Ever is another tried-and-true classic that’s fun and interactive, no matter if you’re playing with just one person or a dozen. Just like with Two Truths and a Lie, it’s one of the best drinking games for two to use as an icebreaker and get to know someone better.
All you have to do is come up with interesting or suggestive statements about the things that you’ve done or that you think the other person has done. You can start by saying “Never have I ever,” and continue with some of the following examples:
- Gone skinny dipping
- Cheated on a test
- Had a one night stand
- Broken a bone
- Been arrested
- Kissed on a first date
If the person hasn’t done any of the things you’ve said, they won’t take a drink. But if they have, they have to take a shot or a sip.
Then, they’ll have their turn and try to get you to drink, by coming up with funny or interesting situations.
6. Flip Cup
Flip Cup is one of the greatest high-pace, high-stakes drinking games for two, perfect for getting tipsy before a pub crawl or a big night out. To play the game, all you need are three things:
- A solo cup
- Drink of choice
- Flat surface
Start by putting five cups each on a flat surface and pour your drink of choice into them. Then, stand on opposite sides from one and another and count back from three to start the game.
Take one cup, chug what’s inside, move the cup to the edge of the table, and using one finger, try to flip it and make it land upside down. Once you’ve successfully done that, you can move on to the next cup. The objective of the game is to get all five cups upside down and finish first.
Playing Flip Cup is a great way to start the night and you can play it with just one person or even in teams.
7. Higher or Lower
One of the best drinking games for two to help jumpstart your night has to be Higher or Lower. For the game, you’ll need a pair of dice and alcohol of your choice. If you don’t have dice lying about, you can always use a virtual dice rolling app.
First, one person starts by guessing which number will be rolled (let’s say eight). Then, the second person, or the roller, has to guess whether the roll will be higher or lower than that (let’s say it’s lower).
So, you throw the dice and the sum you get is a ten. That means that the roller was wrong and now they have to drink the difference between the dice, which, in this example, would be two shots. Of course, if the roller was right, the other person has to drink.
And if the roll was the same as the guess, the roller has to finish their drink and you can switch positions.
Quarters has much simpler rules than most drinking games for two on this list, but it takes a lot more skill. To play Quarters, take a plastic cup and put it in the middle of a table. The objective of the game is to bounce a quarter off the table and get it inside the cup.
Once you do, your opponent takes a shot or a sip of their favorite booze. If you make three in a row, the person you’re playing with has to drink three consecutive shots. Of course, you’ll take turns and try to beat each other.
As the game progresses and as you get more drunk, it’ll be more difficult and fun to play.
If the game’s going too fast and you are making all of your shots, why not up the ante and use a shot glass instead of a plastic cup? It’ll be much trickier to get the quarter in, but also more entertaining.
Match is another fast-paced game with pretty straightforward rules and all you need are two decks of cards and a die to play. Before you start playing, remember to shuffle your cards.
The concept is pretty simple: throw the die and go through your deck to find the number that’s on the die. For example, if you’ve rolled a two, that’s what you’ll have to search for.
Whoever finds the card first is the winner, and the loser has to take a shot. Of course, if you want to make the game more interesting, add another die into the mix and play with two.
Caps is pretty much the same thing as Beer Pong, except that you can use a bottle cap instead of a ball. If you’ve never played Caps before, here’s how the game works:
You stand on opposite sides of the table, with a few (preferably four) cups in front of you. The point of both of these drinking games for two is to throw an object, such as a cap or a ball, into your opponent’s cup. Once you score, they have to drink from it.
If you make all of your shots and clear your opponent’s cups, they have to finish their drinks. Usually, the beverage of choice for most Caps or Beer Pong players is beer, but you can mix it up and pour something else.
11. Drunk Monopoly
There’s almost nothing that can make a quiet night home more fun than playing Monopoly. But once you add booze to the equation, the whole game gets much more interesting.
So get your board out, pour a glass or a shot, and drink when one of the following happens:
- If you rolled a double
- Landed on the other person’s property
- Landed on Go
- Any time you have to pay a mortgage or property fee
You can take two or more shots when you spend a turn in jail, land on a hotel, or someone else’s monopoly.
12. The Ed Sheeran
If you’re a big Ed Sheeran fan and love his music, why not play the Ed Sheeran drinking game? The rules are pretty simple and all you have to do is find a good playlist of his songs.
Then, grab some booze and drink every time you hear one of the following words:
As it turns out, these are the most common things he says in his lyrics, so you should get a buzz going pretty early into the playlist. Not only will it get you drunk, but you can also have a karaoke party while playing the Ed Sheeran drinking game.
Those were our top 12 coolest drinking games that two (or more) people can play. As you can see, the rules for most of these are pretty straightforward and you don’t need a lot of (or any) gadgets to play them.
So grab a friend, get a bottle (or two) of your favorite drink, and start playing! We guarantee that any of these drinking games for two will turn any quiet night at home into the best party in the world.