21 Absolute Best Drinking Card Games

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Since I’ve always loved social gatherings and had the chance to attend hundreds of parties, one thing I always noticed is that people go through trouble to find good drinking games. And we all know that that’s what makes parties fun! Drinking card games have been staples of entertainment for decades, and the best part is that they don’t require any extra supply. Today, I’m here to share with you some of all-time favorites, that always bring joy to game nights! 

  • Drinking games played with standard cards:
  1. Kings;
  2. F*ck the Dealer;
  3. Drunk Driver;
  4. Bullsh*t;
  5. Ride the Bus;
  6. Fe Fi Fo Fum;
  7. Across the Bridge;
  8. President;
  • Final Thoughts;

Drinking Card Games Played With Regular Cards

All you need to get drunk with your favorite people is a standard deck of cards & our rules. And drinks, by all means. Ps. Since we’re good friends, here’s a friendly reminder: we already have a whole list of drinking games played with a deck of cards!

1. Kings

Kings Drinking Card Game
Kings printable/downloadable rules paper

Instructions: 

Kings (often called King’s Cup, Ring Of Fire, or Circle Of Death), starts by placing the cards face down around an unopened drink or cup of alcohol. Everyone participating sits around the table, or anywhere you’re playing the game on. Each of you takes turns drawing a card from the cards spread around the drink & does whatever the card is designated to do. Cards represent special actions, and all of them starting from Ace to King are shown in the picture above. 

2. F*ck The Dealer

Fuck-the-Dealer Drinking Card Game

Instructions:

Fuck The Dealer, a.k.a. one of the most famous card games, requires everyone to sit around the table, with the cards spread in a circular way face down. Everyone should pick a card from the deck, and whoever picks the lowest value starts first & becomes the first dealer. The dealer asks the player to their left to guess the suit of the first card on top of the deck. If they guess right, the dealer drinks and the other player becomes the new dealer. If they guess wrong, the other player drinks and guesses the number of the next card to be drawn. If they guess correctly, the dealer drinks; if they guess wrong, they drink, but, they get another chance to guess. This time they’ll have to guess if the next card is higher or lower. If they guess wrong they drink and become the dealer, if right, the dealer drinks.

4. Drunk Driver

Instructions:

All you need to play Drunk Driver is a deck of cards and a few drinks. One player is the driver, and one is the dealer, while other people are the remaining players. The dealer places 6 cards in the center of the table and places the other cards aside. Then, the driver flips over the center cards, and drinks if it’s a card of the Court, Ace, or Joker. If it’s an Ace, the driver takes 4 drinks, and 4 new cards are added to the center by the dealer, all the way down to Jack, where you should add 1 new card, and take one drink. If the card is a Joker, the whole group drinks. The game works fine if played by 2 or more people, and you can read all the details in the link above. XoXo.

4. Bullshit

Bullshit Drinking Card Game
BULLSH*T printable/downloadable rules paper

Instructions:

Deal all cards evenly to all players. Whoever has the Spades of Ace goes first. Everyone must call out the card they’re playing on their turn (you have to play at least one card on your turn). You may choose to tell the truth or lie about it. The next player must play the next lowest card (comparing with the previous turn) each turn. Example: The previous card was 4, the next should be 3. If someone suspects that you’re lying, they call out ‘Bullshit’, and you have to turn your card face up. If it turns out you were lying, you drink. If you were honest, the calling player drinks. The game goes on until one of the players has no cards left in their hands, which makes them the winner. The winner will make everyone finish their drinks!

5. Ride The Bus

Ride The Bus Drinking Game
Ride the buss printable/downloadable rules paper

Instructions: 

Start the Ride The Bus game by shuffling the cards randomly, and choosing the dealer. The game is divided into 4 rounds (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and the final round), and completing the pyramid. Each round brings a new question the dealer must ask: ‘Red or black?’, ‘Higher or lower?’, ‘In between or outside?’, and ‘Guess the suit’. In all these rounds, if you guess correctly, you can make a player drink. If you guess incorrectly, you must drink. Then comes creating the pyramid, where you can assign drinks if you have a matching card, with the flipped card of the pyramid. Once all the cards of the pyramid are flipped over, the person who has the most cards in their hands will have to ride the bus, meaning, drink for Jack (1 drink), Queen (2 drinks), King (3 drinks), and Ace (4 drinks).

6. Fe Fi Fo Fum

Instructions:

First things first, Fe Fi Fo Fum is played with 4 to 6 players. After dealing all the cards equally to all players, the first one starts by placing one card in the center of the table, and saying ‘Fe’. Then, the second player must play a card of the same suit, but in numerical order (if the previous card was a 4 of hearts, the other player must play a 5 of hearts), and say ‘Fi’. This continues until the whole game name is said (Fe Fi Fo Fum). Once a player says ‘Fum’, the next one should say ‘Giant’s Bum’. Players who mess up the order of words, and the player remaining with a card in their hand, must drink. Kings are special cards, so every time they’re played, the order is reset.

7. Across The Bridge

Across The Bridge Drinking Card Game
Across the bridge printable/downloadable rules paper

Instructions:

Does this drinking game include crossing a bridge? Well, shuffle the deck of cards randomly, and place ten cards face down in a line. The point is for the players to try and ‘cross’ the bridge by flipping the cards over. If it is a number card, you continue flipping the rest of the cards. If it is a face card (Jack, Queen, King, Ace) then you drink and remove the card from the line. You must replace the number of cards depending on the face card it is. The person who flips the last card of the line wins the game, and everyone else must drink.   

8. President

President Drinking Game
President printable/downloadable rules paper

Instructions: 

To play Presidents (you may also find it as President & Assholes), you start by shuffling the deck of cards randomly and all players draw a card, and the player with the lowest value becomes the dealer. Once the dealer distributes the cards to all the players, the player to the left of the dealer plays a card (face up) or a set of cards if they’re the same (e.g. two fours). Any higher value of a single or set of cards will beat the current ones. Keep in mind that you cannot beat a set of cards with a single card, no matter how high its value is. If you don’t feel like playing a card, you can pass. The first player to get rid of all the cards in their hands is called the President, and the one who gets to have the most cards by the end of the game is called the Scum.

Final Thoughts

We wish this didn’t come to an end, and we had an endless list of games instead… Above we mentioned exceedingly simple drinking card games, made for everyone who’s legally allowed to drink (or not). You can have fun whichever way: order pre-made drinking cards, or play games using a standard deck. Or even play online drinking games, if you wish!

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