The Best Drinking Games for New Year’s Eve

Whether you’re attending a house party or looking for some games to play at pre drinks – these drinking games offer up something a lil’ different to your standard ‘ring of fire’.

Party Animals 

It might sound a little boring, but this game gets a lot more amusing (and difficult!) after a drink or two.

Just like every good drinking game, this game starts with everybody sitting round a table of shots. Someone starts the game off by naming an animal – ‘Elephant’ for example. The person to their left then has to name an animal starting with the last letter of the previous person, for example ‘Tiger’. If they take longer than 5 seconds – or can’t think of one at all – they must take a shot.

Your animal knowledge and your ability to spell will go out of the window during this game – trust us.


Shot Roulette

Shot roulette is a game of luck, but, really, everyone ends up losing. Get around 20 shot glasses and arrange them in a circle, filling each one with a different kind of alcohol and leaving some empty (we’d recommend having about 5 empty glasses).

Take an empty bottle and place it in the centre of the circle of shots. Each player will then take a turn spinning the bottle and they must drink whichever shot it lands on…unless it lands on an empty glass, in which case the next person must go.

However, if you don’t want to be too nice to your friends, then fill the empty glasses with dares – it certainly makes the game a lot more juicy.

Poker Face

We’ve all got that one friend who’s got an excellent poker face, so put their skills to the test with this drinking game.

The rules of the game are pretty simple – everyone writes a something funny down on a piece of paper, such as a joke, phrase or in-joke, before placing it in a bowl in the centre of the table. Each player then takes it in turn to pick a piece of paper and read out whatever is on it. Anyone who laughs or smiles must take a shot.

We’d suggest playing this game after all your friends have had a few drinks to make it just that little bit harder to keep a straight face.

Most Likely

This game is best played with a big group of close friends. Everyone sits in a circle and each player takes it in turns to ask a ‘most likely’ question, such as ‘Who would be most likely to fall over in heels’.

On the count of three, each player must point to the person they think is most likely to do whatever was mentioned. Each player must then take a shot for every person who pointed at them. Gutted.

Friends and Enemies

Tread carefully with this game – it’s been known to tear apart even the best of friends.

Deal out a pack of cards between the players, making sure each player keeps their hand a secret. Whoever goes first places a card in the centre of the table, calling out another players’ name as they do so. Whoever’s name has been called must drink for as many seconds as the number on the card, for example, the two of hearts would equal two seconds. Gutted if you get a King.

However, this is where the friendship testing comes in. If someone else (aside from the person who has been told to drink) has a card with the same number, they can choose to save the chosen person and choose another person to drink. But this time, the number on the card doubles. Eek.

Don’t worry, though, even if you have a card to save someone, you don’t have to play it! It’s called Friends and Enemies for a reason, gal.

And there you have it, these drinking games for New Year’s Eve are sure to liven up any party.


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