Just because we can’t get the whole squad in the same room right now, doesn’t mean the whole squad can’t still have fun together. In fact, spending virtual time with our friends is exactly what we need, and that includes drinking games.
So often we see people reframing self-isolation as a chance to “reevaluate, recharge, and reconnect”. And while I’m sure they mean emotionally, we simply can’t ignore the opportunity to reevaluate isolation as a time to get lit with friends in the comfort of our own homes.
22 year old me after a night of drinking: “I hope I didn’t do anything stupid.”
29 year old me: “I hope I didn’t agree to go on a hike.”
— Ian Karmel (@IanKarmel) April 26, 2014
We might not be playing king’s cup or Jenga for a while, but there are plenty of other drinking games we can play over Zoom, Houseparty or wherever you’re getting your virtual face-time in.
Here are 8 of the best drinking games to play over Zoom:
#1 Never Have I Ever
Some of the hottest piping tea of every friend group has been revealed during this game. The rules are simple: one person says something they’ve never done, and everyone who has done that thing takes a drink.
It’s perfect for your next Zoom hangout because it doesn’t require any cards or points system, so you can play for however long you like. Plus it’ll give you guys plenty to talk about for the rest of the night, like the fact Jessica cheated on her Year 8 maths exam, can you believe?
#2 Beer pong
You know what they say: where there’s a will, there’s a way, and seems like some people really have a will to play beer pong in self-isolation.
TikTok user @katzal99 figured out how to play the drinking game over video chat, and it’s devilishly simple.
Of course, it means multiple people will need to have red plastic cups and ping pong balls ready to go, but hey, if that’s what you hoarded then you’re good to go.
This weekend I did my first virtual hangouts and saw friends we rarely get to see for happy hours. I can also confirm that virtual beer pong is possible, you just need 4 phones and facetime – one on each couple, one on each set of cups. pic.twitter.com/Uhpz8cVP6l
— Alyson Shontell (@ajs) March 23, 2020
#2 Cards Against Humanity
The kind folks over at Cards Against Humanity recently did a solid and made the game available to play online for free.
You know the drill — play the worst possible card in your hand to answer the dealer’s question, and hope yours is the best/worst/most hilariously inappropriate response.
While not technically a drinking game, it’s pretty simple to make your own rules for this, like the winner of a round handing out a drink. Boom, drinking game.
It’s another game you’ll have to make your own drinking rules for (or find some online, there are plenty) but once your friends have decided then it’s game on. Just be warned: adding drinks can make the Draw 4 card even more divisive.
As long as one person in your group owns a Jackbox game, you’ll all be able to verse each other in Quiplash, Drawful, Trivia Murder Party, and a whole heap more amazing party games.
Normally Jackbox games are local multiplayer, but with a few easy steps you can play them remotely. Just check out the official guide to get your whole squad involved.
#6 Netflix Party
Of course, you could just watch a bad movie over on Netflix Party and make up a few drinking rules to go along with it.
The Chrome extension only supports messaging, so you’ll need a separate voice chat to deliver witty commentary.
Netflix Party with the girls pic.twitter.com/yxRU5XFWoE
— nik (@nikkkkkkm) March 18, 2020
#7 Most Likely To
This is another game that doesn’t require any equipment at all. The rules are simple: taking turns, one person asks the group who’s the most likely to do something. Whoever the majority of people think is the most likely to do that thing takes a drink.
#8 Around the World
One person will need a full deck of cards and a camera aimed at a tabletop for this drinking game. Everyone else just needs to watch the screens and call out their moves.
The dealer places four cards face down, which players make predictions about. Predict right to give out a drink, but predict wrong and you have to drink yourself. As the dealer reveals the cards one by one, the players guess the colour of the first card, then if the second card is higher or lower, then if the third is in between those two numbers, and finally the suit of the fourth card.
Technically there are two rounds of this game, but it’s hard to play the second round over Zoom. Check out the full rules here if you’re feeling adventurous, but trust us: this version is plenty fun on its own.
Alana is the staff writer on AWOL who thinks the best way to travel is by taking spontaneous detours and stopping at every local bakery to try the cakes. She writes a lot about Australian TV, Big Things, cursed food, and theme parks. You can follow her on Instagram @alana.dotcom. It’s mostly dogs she meets along the way.