At Backyard Games, we are all about games, especially fun outdoor drinking games that can be enjoyed while camping, at the beach, in your yard, or pretty much anytime in summer. These outside drinking games are perfect for those looking to spice up their gatherings with friends.
These drinking games are ones that you play with a beer in your hand, drinking games for 2, beach drinking games, and even games that can be played during a camping trip.
Disclaimer, these are drinking games for adults and those legally above the drinking age.
Take to your backyard with a beer in hand, friends about, and the below game ideas and you will surely be having a fun afternoon or night. We are not talking about the regular games cornhole or bocce that only add a beer to your hand.
If you are looking for drinking games without so much activity, check out our 20 drinking card games for adults.
We are talking about games created around drinking. Don’t forget about these outdoor drinking games this summer when you are camping next or having a beach party.
15 Epic Outdoor Drinking Games:
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Beersbee or Bottle Bash is inspired by a game found in our Top 63 Outdoor Games List that with the addition of beers will make it one of the most incredibly fun outdoor drinking games. Beersbee can be known by many different names including Polish horseshoes, Frisnock or Frimsee, and played with a minimum of 2 people.
Before playing Beersbee, purchase Bottle Bash online and make sure to read our full Beersbee drinking rules.
To play, each team gets 1 pole and places them approx. 36 feet apart from each other. Of course, it would be silly to put an open beer on the target, so place 2 empty beer bottles on each pole and true to an outdoor drinking game, you must have a beer in each hand.
Each team gets a Frisbee and the goal of Beersbee is to throw the Frisbee and knock over the beer perched on top of the other team’s goal posts. You can either aim to hit the beer or hit the pole will garner you points too. If the team hits your beer bottle off that’s 2 drinks, if they hit the pole that’s one.
Grab a beer, or two, and gather a minimum of 2 people together to kick up a game of beer darts. A game of Beer darts is ideally played with 4 people.
To play this game you will also need 4 chairs to sit on. Place 2 chairs at each end approximately 3 feet in between. You should be able to touch the hand of your partner.
Place your full beer, unopened, in the middle of the 2 chairs. Before you place it down, make sure to add a little challenge and shake that beer up.
With your darts in hand, aim at the opposite team’s beer. It can be a challenge as you have to throw with a decent amount of force and aim to pierce the beer can with your beer dart. When you are successful, the dart will pierce the can and probably start spraying it. If your beer can has been hit, open it at the top and start slamming it till it’s gone, sharing it with your partner. Then repeat!
This game can take a long time because it’s difficult to hit the can but it can also be short-lived because of how fast you drink. Buy Darts Online.
We love Kan Jam as a traditional Backyard Game, but this game can also be a ton of fun transitioned into an outdoor drinking game. My favorite is playing Kan Jam as a beach drinking game.
With the addition of 2 bin goal posts, KanJam is a twist on the traditional game of Frisbee. Making it one of the top Frisbee drinking games. Played with 4 players, the goal of the game is to work with your partner to throw the Frisbee or deflect it into the goal bin.
For the KanJam drinking game, you must keep a beer in your hand at all times. We put together detailed scoring instructions on how to play the Kan Jam drinking game. Buy Kan Jam Online.
Remember that traditional game of Battleship you used to play as a kid?
For this game, every time your opponent hits your ship, you take a drink. Once you complete the game and all your ships are sunk you might be equally drowned with beer. You can play with beer or shots. There are 2 variations, beer pong battle ship or battle shots. Beer pong battle ship is a great swimming pool game whereas battle shots is more similar to the game of battleship.
This DIY drinking game requires a bit of setup, be we think it’s worth it. On a blank piece of paper, create your board, then place shot glasses where your ships will be placed and insert a tall separation board between you and your partner.
Use our free battle shots printable to quickly set up a game. Get the different battle shots rules here.
5. Icecube Tray
Those little ice cube spots in an ice cube tray can make a nice little sip of a drink. This Ice cube Drinking Game challenges you to drink either beer or a drink of your choice through a straw as fast as you can till the whole Ice cube tray has been sucked dry.
It’s not as easy as it seems as it’s almost guaranteed your straw leaves little droplets behind. Play with a minimum of 2 people, the first person to completely drink their ice cube tray wins!
6. Flip Cup
Another game that also can be played inside, except that no one wants to clean the beer off the floor in the morning. You can definitely have more fun playing outside or while camping.
Flip cup requires nothing more than a bunch of red solo cups and a minimum 6 players. To play, split up 6 players into 2 teams of 3, or as many people wanting to join in the game. Each team stands on one side of the table. Place your cup down with the top open part of the cup on the table. You want to be hanging the cup approx. half way off the table, but so that it stills stands strong, not falling off the table.
The goal is to flip your cup from the downward position to standing upright on its own. To do this, use one finger in a “flipping” motion from below where the cup hangs off the table. Try to flick the cup so that it flips over and stands up. When the game starts, the first player on each team begins. Once that player has flipped over their cup, the next player on their team can begin. The team to have all their players flip their cup over first wins.
This doesn’t sound much like a drinking game but there is one key rule. You must first fill the cup halfway full with beer or drink of your choice and each player chugs the cup of beer before they can begin Flip Cup. After a couple of rounds, flipping the cup over might be a little harder!
7. Slip & Flip Cup
On a hot day, this outdoor drinking game is genius. It combines a wet slip and slip and quenching your thirst by downing a beer with Flip Cup. The ultimate outdoor drinking game!
The rules are pretty simple. Get a slip-and-slide game setup or even just a massive tarp filled with water. Line up in teams of 2. First, you must run, flop down onto the wet tarp and slide all the way to the end. Get up, run to the table, and down your drink.
Then incorporate the rules of Flip Cup above to flip your cup on the table before your next teammate can take their turn. The first team for all players to complete this silly fun win!
We got this image and enjoyed a good laugh at this video of Slip and Flip Cup.
Disclaimer: this is the most dangerous of the Outdoor Drinking Games, proceed at your own risk.
The game Stump takes getting hammered to a whole new level. This game requires a tree stump, so you are in luck if you have one of these in your yard already.
To play, you hammer in a nail for each player that is participating into the stump. Only hammer it in so that it is sturdy and sticking approx 2 cm’s out. You must throw and catch the hammer and right after you catch it hammer a nail in the stump. The person whose nail gets hammered must take a drink.
There are 3 types of throwing techniques, the traditional throw (1 point), the under-the-leg (2 points), and the behind-the-back throw (3 points). Keep playing until all but one nail is left standing.
We put together the full instructions for how to play the stump drinking game. There have been attempts to have this game funded on Kickstarter but failed, so for now this game is up to you to transport your stump.
9. Dizzy Bat
Dizzy Bat will leave you drunk and dizzy, hence the name! But from what we have read this game can be a lot of fun. There is no scoring or competition in this game, but it is a challenge to successfully complete it.
First, you need a Wiffle ball, cut the end off, and punch a hole in the bat 4 inches from the end. Fill the Wiffle bat with beer.
To begin, chug all the beer from the Wiffle bat. Touch the Wiffle bat to the ground once and then spin around 10 times. You have up to 3 seconds to sturdy yourself and then the pitcher throws the beer can and you must hit it with the bat.
If you are not successful, try, try again until you complete the level. Be careful not to try too many times in a row.
10. Flonky Ball
Most drinking game rules are set up so the person who loses a round must drink. However, most people play drinking games, so that they can drink.
The game of Flunky is the opposite in that the team that drinks their beer first wins.
Set up 3 empty beer or wine bottles in the middle of your yard with 2 foul lines set up approx 10 feet away for each team. You can use a ball or a stick to take aim at the bottles and throw it to knock them down. If you knock them down, start drinking your beer. The other team has to run to the middle and pick them up and yell stop. Once they yell stop, you stop drinking.
The first team to finish their beers wins!
11. Drunk Waiter
We first discovered Drunk Waiter at a fun small-town festival, obviously a kid-friendly version. That led us to discover the hilarious outdoor drinking game of Drunk Waiter.
You play by holding an object above your head and spinning around in a circle counting to 10. After spinning around, an assistant hands you a serving tray with drinks cups on it, filled with water because you will likely drop it.
Afterward, you must try and walk the serving tray to the other end of the yard and put the cups on a table. Exchange the full cups with empty cups that are on the table and run back to the other side of the yard. Ideally, you play 2 people or more at a time, so the first person who gets back to the start line wins.
Likely, you will not stick to a straight line, interfere with another player, or just plain fall down after spinning. This makes it quite a bit of fun and add in a couple of drinks each round and you will be historically laughing on the ground. You take a drink for how many cups you spill.
Beer pong is the king of drinking games. Because of the potentially spilly cups and general crowd excitement you might find playing it outside is better than in your small living room where you don’t want ping pong balls going flying. The best place to play Beer Pong is outside.
Here are our unofficial beer-pong rules.
You will need to have a decently long kitchen table, outdoor table, or fold-up table. If you have a beer pong set already great, otherwise all you need is 13 red cups to create a triangle. Setup with 5 cups along the edge of the table, 4 in front of them, 3 in front of that, 2 in front of that, and then 1 to create a triangle. Set up each of these cup triangles at the end of each table.
There are some cool accessory variations that you can add for a twist to classic beer pong. You can get a special beer pong kit, a rotating platform for the cups, and even glow-in-the-dark. Here are my favorite 15 beer pong tables and accessories to play with.
The basics of how to play beer pong are to land the ping pong ball into all of the competing team’s cups. Aim at the opposite team’s cups, if you get your ball in the cup, then they have to drink. As each shot is landed, that cup is then removed from the table. Land your ping pong ball in each of their cups and they should have drank a whole beer. The more cups removed, the harder it becomes to aim at the cups. Also, the more beer you drink can add a natural challenge.
The first person to get land the ball in all the cups wins. You can easily shoot your ping pong ball with a beer in your hand. Don’t drink too much extra though, wait for your partner to sink a ball before you take a drink, otherwise you might need 2 beers for your game! Buy Beer Pong Online.
If you think Beer Pong is fun, like many do, Giant Beer Pong is specially made for the backyard. Versions of giant beer pong can be as large as sandbox pales to as large as garbage cans, your choice. Just swap out that mini ping-pong ball for a Tennis ball.
Giant Beer Pong is one of many giant backyard games that go big.
Don’t worry, you aren’t drinking the whole can. Keep your beer handy and follow the same rules of beer pong for giant beer pong. Check the price of Giant Beer Pong.
14. High Noon
This game requires only 2 people and no setup required. All that you need is 2 passionate drinkers and beer. Simply stand back to back, chug your beer, walk 10 paces apart. Turn around, crush your beer and throw it at each other.
First to make contact wins. So you could be the faster drinker or the better aimer to win this game.
15. Giant Jenga Drinking Game
We take the awesomeness of giant sized games and classic jenga to make a hilarious drinking game. Drunk Jenga is super easy DIY project to make with our free drunk jenga printable. Find our rules for Jenga Drinking Game setup and instructions.
The game is the same as classic Jenga, but everytime you pull a cube from the tower to place on the top, you must complete the action when you put the block on top. You will find hilarious rules such as Young Buck drinks, Slap that Ass, Sibling love, British accent and more hilarious rules!
Happy Outdoor Drinking Games time! 🙂