How to Turn Classic Board Games into Drinking Games
Looking to turn your favourite games into drinking games? Here’s how.
By Justin Beerber on Aug. 08, 2019
Turning board games into drinking games is a great way to shake up any game night with friends. Feel free to use our ideas, or create your own drinking rules!
JustBeer is not responsible for any friendships that might end while playing these drinking games.
Hold your hops! Before we get into the drinking games, we want to disclose that we do not promote binge drinking and advise our readers to always drink responsibly! For more information, click here to learn how to be a responsible drinker.
How to Turn Your Favourite Board Games into Drinking Games:
Battleship (a.k.a. Battleshots)
Battleshots is a rendition of the traditional game of Battleships. This game is a fun and easy way to get drunk fast — perfect for pregaming for a night out.
How to play Battleshots:
There are two ways to turn Battleship into a drinking game. First you can simply take a drink every time your opponent “hits” you. Or you can create your own Battleship board, typically out of a clean pizza box, and place shot glasses on the squares.
The game of Clue used to be a popular one for game nights, but lately it seems like Clue has been forgotten about. Help Clue gain it’s popularity back by turning it into a drinking game!
How to turn Clue into a drinking game:
Assign a drink to each room on your Clue board. Every time you enter a room you must start drinking the assigned drink Whether it is a pint of an IPA, a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, or a whisky sour, you cannot leave that room until you finish your drink.
Looking for games that don’t involve drinking?
Check out these beer-inspired board and card games!
Jenga (a.k.a. Drunk Jenga or Tipsy Tower)
The great thing about Drunk Jenga is that you can play with a large group of people. If you don’t want to ruin your family friendly game of Jenga, you can order Tipsy Tower online, where the rules come already written on the blocks.
How to play Drunk Jenga:
Simply create drinking rules (similar to sociables rules) and write them on your Jenga blocks. When you successfully pull out a piece, you must complete the rule.
Click here for more in depth Drunk Jenga rules.
Some complaints about the game of Monopoly is usually the number of spaces that don’t have much meaning, especially the Chance and Community Chest cards. Spice up your typical game of Monopoly by adding drinking spaces. This is also a great way to speed up your game time, as most players just get drunk and give up.
How to turn Monopoly into a drinking game:
Drink every time you land on:
- a Chance or Community Chest space
- Free Parking or Just Visiting
- a Luxury Tax or Income Tax space
- an Unowned property but you do not purchase it
- an Utility space
The Game of Life
This drinking version of the Life board game will either be really great time, or cause depression while you reflect on how little you’ve accomplished in your life. Have fun!
How to turn The Game of Life into Never Have I Ever:
You must drink every time you land on a space that describes something you have never done in your own life.
Hungover after a night of drinking games?
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Risk is known as the board game that ends the most friendships. Although there has been no scientific study to prove this, we believe it’s true. We don’t know if adding booze to this game will help Risk’s reputation, or make it worse.
How to turn Risk into a drinking game:
Drink every time:
- someone gains control of a continent
- a fight breaks out to ease the tension
Settlers of Catan
Settlers of Catan is one of the most popular games, especially at board game cafes. If you’ve never played, go out and get the game with your favourite expansion pack, and get your Catan on!
How to play Drunk Settlers of Catan:
Drink every time:
- the robber get’s moved to one of your resource production spaces
- a discovery card is played
- a player asks about the rules
- doubles are rolled
- you win longest road
Turning games into drinking games is easy!
You can really turn any game you’d like into a drinking game. Simply create or add on your own made-up rules that results in everyone getting drunk. Another way to switch up your regular games is to up the stakes. Have everyone in the group to pitch in for a nice growler or 6-pack of craft beer and the winner gets to take it home.
Looking for more drinking games to play? Check out these links to your favourite drinking game rules:
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