Flip Cup Drinking Game – What is it and what are the rules?

Flip Cup, A.K.A. Flippy Cup, is a fast-paced drinking game to play with a large group of people. Here’s everything you need to know about Flip Cup!

Flip Cup Drinking Game – What is it and what are the rules?

Flip Cup, also known as “Flippy Cup”, “Tippy Cup”, “Canoe”, or “Taps”, is a team-based relay-race drinking game. This drinking game is fun for large groups of people at house parties, but is also great for a chill night in with a few close friends. The best part about this game is that it requires minimal skill… Flipping a cup upside down can’t be that hard, can it?

Drink Responsibly!

Hold your hops! Before we get into the rules of Flip Cup, we want to disclose that we do not promote binge drinking and advise our fellow beer geeks to always drink responsibly! For more information, click here to learn how to be a responsible drinker.


How to Play the Flip Cup Drinking Game


What You’ll Need to Play Flip Cup:

  • Solo Cups

  • A Flat Surface

  • Beer (or your drink of choice)


Flip Cup Setup:

  1. Pick teams: Flip cup is usually played with a group of people. Split your group into even teams. If you have an odd number of players, that’s ok! Choose someone on the team with the fewer players to drink twice.
  2. Set up your cups: Pour your desired amount of beer FlipCupSetupinto your cup. Make sure everyone on both teams pours the same amount. Each team will align their cups in a line on the same side of the table. Place your cup on the edge of the table directly in front of you as shown.


Flip Cup Gameplay:

Flip Cup starts by the first people on each team chugging their beer, placing their empty cup back on the edge of the table, and using their fingers to flip the cup completely upside down. Once the first player has successfully “flipped” their solo cup, the next player will play their turn by chugging and flipping, and so on. The team to flip their solo cups the fastest, wins! To make the game longer, either find more drinking buddies, or have every player drink twice. In this case, the last person in line will drink and flip twice in a row and the game will continue the opposite way down the line.



How to Play Flip Cup – A Video Demonstration


Flip Cup Variations:

Two Player: If you don’t have a large group of people to play with, you can play Flip Cup with just two people! In a 1 vs. 1 game of Flip Cup, set up as many solo cups as you like and simply go down the line drinking and flipping each cup on your side. The first person to successfully chug and flip all their solo cups, wins! Watch the video below to see Jimmy Fallon and Margot Robbie demonstrate:

Video: Flip Cup on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Slip N’ Flip: Everything is better when it involves a Slip N’ Slide! The rules and gameplay are the same but you simply go down a Slip N’ Slide before playing your turn. To learn more about Slip N’ Flip, click here.

Flong: Flong is a hybrid of your two favourite drinking games – Flip Cup and Beer Pong! Watch this video to learn how to play. Or, make up your own rules based on whatever “Flong” means to you.

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