When you think about drinking games, you might think about college parties, backyard BBQs, or game day tailgates where a handful of people come together around a table for games involving cups, cards, balls, or coins.
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But if you’re simply hanging out with a friend or your partner, both of you might want to play some drinking games for two as well!
There are also times at a party when you have been eliminated from a group drinking game and still want something to play or when you and your significant other want to sneak off and play your own games.
Regardless of the circumstance, this article will provide nine fun and engaging options for two-player drinking games, so you’re not left playing one-on-one beer pong all night long.
If you’ve ever played flip cup with a group, you know that the most exciting part of the game is when two final players have to go up against each other for the big win.
If you play flip cup with just one other person, each and every round may feel just as intense!
Here’s how you’ll play:
- Standing on opposite sides of a flat table, Player A and Player B will both fill plastic cups up to the same level.
- If the intention is to play over and over again, then only fill it about an inch each time. Alternatively, if you only want to play one or two times, you can fill up the whole cup.
- On the count of three, both players will finish their drinks and then place their cups on the edge of the table, then flick the bottom of their cups with their index finger in order to try to make the cup flip over top-down.
- The player who gets their cup to flip right-side-up first wins the round!
Since both players have to drink initially, adding another element of punishment to this game makes it even more entertaining.
You can raise the stakes by requesting that the loser of each round take a shot or do some other form of “punishment” such as push-ups.
Two Truths and a Lie
Two Truths and a Lie is a straightforward drinking game that you’ve probably played before without alcohol.
All you need to have to make it a drinking game is a drink in each of your hands!
Here are the steps:
- Player A says three things about themselves — two of them true and one of them a lie.
- Player B will guess which of Player A’s three statements is a lie. If Player B is correct, then Player A drinks. But if Player B is incorrect, then they have to drink.
- Player A and Player B switch roles.
It’s as easy as that! And it’s a fun icebreaker game for new couples or friends.
Never Have I Ever
Another fun game that’s usually played in a group setting is Never Have I Ever.
But this game can be just as fun as a two person drinking game, especially if you’re looking to either get to know someone better or are curious if there’s anything crazy that you don’t know about them yet!
Here are the steps:
- Player A makes a statement about something they have never done. For example, they might say something like, “Never have I ever gone scuba diving.”
- If Player B has done the activity that Player A mentioned, then Player B has to drink.
- Player B now makes a “Never have I ever” statement, and the game continues back and forth.
This game is known to reveal more secretive or provocative confessions, but it can be as clean or as risqué as you’d like to be.
However, keep in mind that as you keep drinking, it’s hard not to try and see just how daring and wild your partner or friend has been in their life!
Also, keep in mind that this game might not be as exciting if you know someone too well because you can say all the things you know they have done, but you haven’t.
Speed facts is one of the best two person drinking games for couples or best friends who know each other quite well.
Here’s how you’ll play:
- Player A and Player B go back and forth, stating facts about each other.
- If one of the players says an incorrect fact or takes longer than three seconds to come up with a fact, then they receive a “strike.”
- Once a player has three strikes, they have to take a shot.
If you want to play a less aggressive version of this game, then you can switch from a shot to a sip of your favorite beer or cocktail.
Alternatively, if you want to play a more aggressive version of this game, you can choose to take a shot for every strike.
However, we only recommend this more aggressive option for long-term relationships or friendships so that there are fewer chances of strikes occurring. Otherwise, the game could get really sloppy, really quick!
Movie Drinking Game
Couples love to have movie nights but having a movie night that involves a little drinking can be all the more hilarious and entertaining.
That’s why a movie drinking game is one of the best drinking games for couples.
Here’s what you can do:
- Pour two glasses of your favorite drinks, grab a cozy blanket, and turn on your favorite flick that you know very well.
- Both players should think about the repeated images, statements, and occurrences in the movie, then make a drinking game by writing them out and agreeing to drink each time that “rule” occurs.
- For example, if you’re watching Mean Girls, you can make a rule that every time Regina George says something cruel, you drink.
If you don’t want to come up with your own drinking game, or if you’d prefer to watch a film you’ve never seen before, there are plenty of pre-made ones out there for both movies and shows.
Truth or Dare or Drink
Truth or Dare is a classic, simple game that can be super fun to play with just two people. But you can always take it up a notch by adding a drinking component to it.
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Player A asks Player B, “Truth or Dare?” and Player B chooses.
- If Player B says “truth,” then Player A asks Player B a question that they must answer. If Player B says “dare,” then Player A comes up with a dare for Player B to complete.
- If Player B does not want to answer the question (for the truth) or carry out the dare, they must drink instead.
Truth or Dare is an amusing game, especially when you choose questions or dares that you know will take your partner or friend out of their comfort zone a little bit. Coming up with your own can be the most fun, but here are some questions and dare ideas to get started.
- Dance to X song and post the dance on your Instagram Story
- Call the last person you texted and tell them you love them
- Take a shot of hot sauce
Truth question ideas:
- Who would you prefer to go on a date with between X person and Y person?
- What’s your most embarrassing fear?
- If you could bring only three people to a deserted island to spend the rest of your life with, who would you choose?
Caps is a drinking game similar to beer pong, but if you’re already drinking bottled beer out of cups, you’ll already have the materials you need to get started. Plus, you won’t need a long time, twenty cups, or the energy to retrieve bouncy beer pong balls all over the room.
Here’s how it works:
- Player A and Player B will sit at opposite sides of the table with a few bottle caps in hand and a cup full of beer in front of them.
- Each player will begin tossing their bottle caps to try and get one into the cup on the opposite side of the table.
- Once one of the players successfully makes one of their bottle caps into the opposing player’s cup, the opposing player has to chug their drink.
This is a basic game, but sometimes simple is the most fun!
Higher or Lower
Another super simple drinking game for two is called Higher or Lower, and this game only requires a couple of drinks and a deck of cards to play.
This is a fun game to play when you’re at dinner and waiting for your food to arrive because it’s not too crazy, doesn’t take up much space, and won’t cause too much disturbance to other people.
Here’s how to play:
- Player A is the dealer and will turn over the top card from a deck of well-shuffled cards for both players to see.
- Player B will guess whether the next card will be higher or lower than the exposed card.
- Player A will turn over the next card, and if Player B guessed correctly, Player A drinks, but if they guessed incorrectly, then they will drink.
- Players will then switch roles and start again.
An alternative and arguably more intense way to play this game is only allowing Player B to become the dealer once they have guessed correctly.
That might mean that they just keep drinking if they keep guessing incorrectly, which adds a hilarious element and higher stakes component to an otherwise super simple drinking game.
Flip, Sip, or Post
This is a hilariously embarrassing game, meant for friends or couples who don’t take themselves too seriously, especially on social media.
You’ll just need a partner, a coin, and shots of your favorite liquor ready to go.
Here’s how it works:
- Player A is the first coin flipper, while Player B is the guesser. Player A flips the coin and hides it with their hand, then Player B guesses which side of the coin is facing up.
- If Player B guesses correctly on the first try, then they become the flipper. If they guess the first time incorrectly, then Player A flips again, and Player B guesses again.
- If Player B guesses correctly on this second try, then they have to answer any question that Player A wants to ask them. Then they now become the flipper. If they guess incorrectly, then Player A flips a third time, and Player B guesses again.
- If Player B guesses correctly on this third try, they have to take a shot. But if they guess incorrectly for a third time in a row, then Player A gets to choose any social media platform Player B has and choose what they post!
When it comes to embarrassing your friend by making them post something silly on social media, you’re only limited by your imagination. But here are a few ideas to get started:
- Ugly double chin face on Instagram Story
- “I like eating cheese in the middle of the night” as a Facebook status
- “Okay. I’ll admit it. I’m terrible in bed.” as a Twitter post
Which of These Drinking Games for Two Will You Try First?
Drinking games are so much fun in large groups, but as you can see, they can also be highly entertaining for just two people.
There are games that are perfect for two people just getting to know each other, such as Never Have I Ever and Two Truths and a Lie.
There are also games that are excellent for long-term couples and best friends who know a lot about each other such as Speed Facts and Truth or Dare.
Finally, many drinking games for two are just simple games that don’t require much effort, thought, or resources but are still quite enjoyable, such as Caps or Flip Cup.
Now that you have nine options for drinking games for two, which one will you try first?