Everyone knows that you don't really need to implement gamification into drinking, but getting soused in a competitive setting is essential to human socialization. Who are you if you can't sink the last beer pong cup or slam that quarter into the cup before you have to chug? You are a person at a great disadvantage. Learn your college drinking games; you'll be thankful you did. Maybe it’s a quiet night in with your girl, or a quick pregame with one of your roommates, but any of these five best two-player drinking games will be sure to keep both the entertainment and booze flowing. Not everything has to be an outrageous, raucous 10-person flip cup tournament, and playing a two-person drinking games can be exciting, especially with the right people. Grab your favorite beverage, seat, a great partner and prepare yourself to drink up, whether you choose to chug beer or slam shots.
1. One-On-One Beer Pong. Everyone has talked some trash to their friends or girlfriend about their incredible accuracy and success in the classic drinking game of beer pong. Up the ante and take on a drinking buddy in a head-to-head matchup to settle the score once and for all.
2. Battle Shots. This alcohol-infused version of the classic board game Battleship requires very little set-up and provides (fluid) ounces and ounces of fun. All you need for this game is some paper, a pencil, six shot glasses and liquor, of course. Draw a 7x7 grid on a piece of paper, with numerically-labeled rows and alphabetically-labeled columns. Each player hides their paper by use of a barrier, on which they track the opposing player’s grid. After filling your shots, place them along the grid. Use three in a row for your battleship, two in a row for your destroyer and one for your submarine. Each player takes their turn guessing the location of one of the other player’s glasses. For each correctly-guessed location, the loser must take the shot.
3. Gambling with Alcohol. This is an easy concept that can be applied to many gambling games between two people, but wagering alcohol instead of money. The popular dice game, Cee-lo, can quickly be converted into a wild drinking games experience by betting a number of sips from a drink, instead of dollars against a player’s dice roll. The same idea works with card games such as Heads Up, Blackjack or Poker.
4. Quarters. Quarters is another simple game that requires little preparation or cognitive skills. One player attempts to bounce a quarter off a table into a shot glass or a cup. If successful, they’re given another turn and the opposing player must drink. If they fail, the other player takes their turn. While easy to play, Quarters does require a fair bit of skill. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.
5. Pinky McDrinky. Pinky McDrinky uses three dice—one pink and two white. One person starts by rolling the pink die, and then both players roll their white dice simultaneously. If your die matches the pink one, give a drink to the other player, but if the sum of the two white dice equals seven, both people take a swig. If each player rolls the same number, a quick match of “rock, paper, scissors” determines the winner of the round. Finally, if all three dice match, whoever grabs the pink one first is allowed to roll, forcing their opponent to drink the rolled amount.
6. Red/Black. Red/Black is an easy-to-understand game that requires just two things: a deck of cards and beer. To play, one player flips a card and has the other player guess if it’s red or black. If they guess correctly, neither person drinks. If they’re incorrect, the guesser must drink. If the guesser guesses right three times in a row, they’re allowed to make a rule--“players can’t look each other in the eye,” for example. Whoever breaks the rule is required to drink. The game ends when players decide it ends—when the deck is exhausted, simply reshuffle and begin anew.
7. War. This is a classic card game from childhood, but with an adult element tossed in for your drinking game pleasure. Divide a deck of cards evenly between two players, with each person drawing a card at the same time. Whoever’s number is lower takes a drink and loses their card to the other player, continuing in this fashion until one woozy person has taken the entire deck. If both people draw the same card, count out four cards, with the final face up, and the highest value wins the entire stack. After a match or two of this, you’ll have a completely new understanding of drinking game war.
8. Never Have I Ever. While Never Have I Ever is traditionally played by large groups of people, it can also be enjoyed with just two—and alcohol. In this game, one player names something they have “never, ever” done. If the other player has, they must take a shot—or a drink, for the less daring. Simple enough, right?
9. Buzz. If you aren’t much for cards or dice, Buzz might be the easiest yet, requiring only the skill of counting, although this will become increasingly tougher as the evening progresses. Alternating between the two players, count back and forth, until reaching seven, which is replaced with “Buzz.” On each multiple of seven, the number is replaced with “Buzz,” and each mistake costs you one drink. For added complexity, try changing the multiple every time someone forgets, and this becomes one of the toughest two player drinking games yet.
10. Russian Roulette. This version of Russian Roulette has been modified only slightly, by adding alcohol and removing the possibility of instant death. Grab six shot glasses and fill one with a clear liquor—white rum, for example. The other five should be filled with water. As the two participating players have their backs turned, a third person reorders the glasses so that the liquor-filled shot glass is mixed with the water-filled ones. Each player rolls a die, taking a shot from the glass corresponding to the number rolled (rolling a five means taking a shot from the fifth shot glass, for example). The game can either end when a player drinks the liquor, or the glass can be refilled and reshuffled instead to keep things going.