The Craziest Drinking Games to Play on St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2017 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes

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There’s no end to the kinds of shenanigans that can go down on St. Patrick’s Day, especially if you’re Irish – or worse, an American with Irish heritage that feels the need to live up to a stereotype. One of the greatest joys of this once-religious holiday is drinking copious quantities of alcohol without judgement, in celebration of our country’s patron saint; and as everyone knows, simply drinking is not enough. It has to get weird.

Check out some of the most innovative and plain ridiculous drinking games from around the world below, many of which can be customised for St. Patrick’s. (This doesn’t include dyeing everything green).

Irish Poker

This game isn’t the variation on Texas Hold ‘Em as you might think, being much more simplistic and understandable for wine-sodden brains. It requires a full set of cards, however, so there is some effort involved. Each person is dealt four cards at the very least, although this can be adjusted depending on the amount of people playing. Once the cards are divided evenly, everyone must place theirs face down. Starting with the dealer, they must guess whether the person to their left will turn over a black card or a red card; if the dealer was right, the person with the card must drink for the amount of seconds indicated by the card’s value. If the dealer and subsequently, the person guessing, is wrong, they must drink to the card’s value.

They must also have a fully topped up drink, so the consequences are dire for everyone.

irish-poker

Most Likely

For games that ruin friendships, look no further.

For this game, each player sits in something approximating a circle and begin by someone asking a ‘most likely’ question; for example, “Who’s most likely to get kicked out of the bar first” or “Who’s most likely to shift [insert name here]”. On the count of three, everyone points to who they think would be most likely to commit whatever act mentioned, and you have to take a drink for the number of people pointing at you – so if you’re always the one to get tossed out of the bar or club first, you might be looking at a lot of shots.

Sip Sip Shot

Think a drunken ‘Duck Duck Goose’, and yes, this is exactly as stupid as it sounds. It’s a familiar enough method; everyone sits in a circle on the floor, with one person being named the tagger. This person goes around the outside of the circle, tapping people on the head and saying “sip” – the people in the circle sip their drink when their head is tapped. The tagger then chooses one person by saying “shot” (rather than “goose”) and that person is obligated to get up and chase the tagger until they in turn tag them, in which case they take over as tagger. However, drunk people are bad at things like movement, so if the “shot” person fails to catch the tagger, they must take a shot instead. Full disclosure: this can get messy.

sip-sip-shot

Don’t Get Me Started

This is the easiest to play and therefore most likely to flame out quickly among the inebriated attention spans of your cohorts, but it can also get hilarious almost immediately. It simply involves giving someone a topic, for example “oven pizzas” which they then must go on a pretend rant about, regardless of how valid or absurd their points or the topic may be. When they run out of ways to decry their topic, they must drink. The game is at its best when the topics get oddly specific, or themed, which could be utilised for St. Patrick’s Day. Think fun ideas like “snakes”, “shamrocks” or “Celtic polytheism”.

Medusa

This game is best played with a tray or table heaped with shots, although it can be varied to accommodate whatever drinks people have at the moment. It’s also ideal to play the game around a circular table – although again, not always feasible. A sloppy circle on the floor will do just as well.

medusa-drinking-game

You begin the game with your head down, either on the table or just bowed. On the count of three, everyone looks up to stare at another player. If you’re looking at someone who isn’t looking at you, you pass – but if you directly meet the gaze of another person, you shout “Medusa!” and take a shot (or down your drink). Keep at it until all the shots are gone, or in the case of drinking regular drinks, until the ceiling starts to look blurry.

Bear Paw

If you’re feeling like you want to inject some multiculturalism into this St. Patrick’s Day, Russian drinking game ‘Bear Paw’ will do the job nicely. It’ll also weed out the weak links in your group of comrades, as this one is only for the heavyweights. It consists of filling a pint glass with beer, and passing it around the group. After each person takes a sip, they top up the glass with vodka, diluting the beer with each person’s turn. When you eventually circle around to the first person, they will now be holding a pint of pure vodka, at which point you begin the game again – this time topping up with beer. Assuming there are still people conscious, of course.

bear-paw-drinking-game

Concoctions

This can be as harmless or as horrific as the people you drink with, so beware. It involves dice, too, so make sure you upend someone’s Monopoly set before you start. The game should take place in the kitchen, where food and a sink are readily available – you’ll see why. A player rolls the dice, and whatever number they get is the amount of ingredients that will make up a snack the other players must put together. For example, if the player rolls a three, he or she could be presented with a slice of pizza topped with dollops of mayonnaise and brown stuff (sick stuff, we know!). If that player doesn’t eat the snack, they must finish their drink; if they do eat the snack, the other players must finish their drinks. Like I said – play near a sink.

Mr Freeze

This is a game that can last for the entire night or party, depending on your group’s stamina. One person is named ‘Mr Freeze’, and their job is to at one point during the evening freeze in place. As each player notices they must also freeze in place, and the last person to do so must take a shot or finish their drink. They become the next Mr Freeze, and so on. It’s advisable not to play this outside of a house party, although that could make the game more interesting.

I know it might seem silly to say now, but drink responsibly – even as you might be re-enacting a children’s game with grown adults and alcohol. If all of this drink talk has changed your tune then you might enjoy some Alternatives For Boozing This St. Patrick’s Weekend. Whatever route you choose, enjoy yourself and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Annabel Hynes
Lifestyle and entertainment writer with an interest in politics, despite the groans it incites at the dinner table. Sci-fi obsessive.

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The Craziest Drinking Games to Play on St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2017 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes

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There’s no end to the kinds of shenanigans that can go down on St. Patrick’s Day, especially if you’re Irish – or worse, an American with Irish heritage that feels the need to live up to a stereotype. One of the greatest joys of this once-religious holiday is drinking copious quantities of alcohol without judgement, in celebration of our country’s patron saint; and as everyone knows, simply drinking is not enough. It has to get weird.

Check out some of the most innovative and plain ridiculous drinking games from around the world below, many of which can be customised for St. Patrick’s. (This doesn’t include dyeing everything green).

Irish Poker

This game isn’t the variation on Texas Hold ‘Em as you might think, being much more simplistic and understandable for wine-sodden brains. It requires a full set of cards, however, so there is some effort involved. Each person is dealt four cards at the very least, although this can be adjusted depending on the amount of people playing. Once the cards are divided evenly, everyone must place theirs face down. Starting with the dealer, they must guess whether the person to their left will turn over a black card or a red card; if the dealer was right, the person with the card must drink for the amount of seconds indicated by the card’s value. If the dealer and subsequently, the person guessing, is wrong, they must drink to the card’s value.

They must also have a fully topped up drink, so the consequences are dire for everyone.

irish-poker

Most Likely

For games that ruin friendships, look no further.

For this game, each player sits in something approximating a circle and begin by someone asking a ‘most likely’ question; for example, “Who’s most likely to get kicked out of the bar first” or “Who’s most likely to shift [insert name here]”. On the count of three, everyone points to who they think would be most likely to commit whatever act mentioned, and you have to take a drink for the number of people pointing at you – so if you’re always the one to get tossed out of the bar or club first, you might be looking at a lot of shots.

Sip Sip Shot

Think a drunken ‘Duck Duck Goose’, and yes, this is exactly as stupid as it sounds. It’s a familiar enough method; everyone sits in a circle on the floor, with one person being named the tagger. This person goes around the outside of the circle, tapping people on the head and saying “sip” – the people in the circle sip their drink when their head is tapped. The tagger then chooses one person by saying “shot” (rather than “goose”) and that person is obligated to get up and chase the tagger until they in turn tag them, in which case they take over as tagger. However, drunk people are bad at things like movement, so if the “shot” person fails to catch the tagger, they must take a shot instead. Full disclosure: this can get messy.

sip-sip-shot

Don’t Get Me Started

This is the easiest to play and therefore most likely to flame out quickly among the inebriated attention spans of your cohorts, but it can also get hilarious almost immediately. It simply involves giving someone a topic, for example “oven pizzas” which they then must go on a pretend rant about, regardless of how valid or absurd their points or the topic may be. When they run out of ways to decry their topic, they must drink. The game is at its best when the topics get oddly specific, or themed, which could be utilised for St. Patrick’s Day. Think fun ideas like “snakes”, “shamrocks” or “Celtic polytheism”.

Medusa

This game is best played with a tray or table heaped with shots, although it can be varied to accommodate whatever drinks people have at the moment. It’s also ideal to play the game around a circular table – although again, not always feasible. A sloppy circle on the floor will do just as well.

medusa-drinking-game

You begin the game with your head down, either on the table or just bowed. On the count of three, everyone looks up to stare at another player. If you’re looking at someone who isn’t looking at you, you pass – but if you directly meet the gaze of another person, you shout “Medusa!” and take a shot (or down your drink). Keep at it until all the shots are gone, or in the case of drinking regular drinks, until the ceiling starts to look blurry.

Bear Paw

If you’re feeling like you want to inject some multiculturalism into this St. Patrick’s Day, Russian drinking game ‘Bear Paw’ will do the job nicely. It’ll also weed out the weak links in your group of comrades, as this one is only for the heavyweights. It consists of filling a pint glass with beer, and passing it around the group. After each person takes a sip, they top up the glass with vodka, diluting the beer with each person’s turn. When you eventually circle around to the first person, they will now be holding a pint of pure vodka, at which point you begin the game again – this time topping up with beer. Assuming there are still people conscious, of course.

bear-paw-drinking-game

Concoctions

This can be as harmless or as horrific as the people you drink with, so beware. It involves dice, too, so make sure you upend someone’s Monopoly set before you start. The game should take place in the kitchen, where food and a sink are readily available – you’ll see why. A player rolls the dice, and whatever number they get is the amount of ingredients that will make up a snack the other players must put together. For example, if the player rolls a three, he or she could be presented with a slice of pizza topped with dollops of mayonnaise and brown stuff (sick stuff, we know!). If that player doesn’t eat the snack, they must finish their drink; if they do eat the snack, the other players must finish their drinks. Like I said – play near a sink.

Mr Freeze

This is a game that can last for the entire night or party, depending on your group’s stamina. One person is named ‘Mr Freeze’, and their job is to at one point during the evening freeze in place. As each player notices they must also freeze in place, and the last person to do so must take a shot or finish their drink. They become the next Mr Freeze, and so on. It’s advisable not to play this outside of a house party, although that could make the game more interesting.

I know it might seem silly to say now, but drink responsibly – even as you might be re-enacting a children’s game with grown adults and alcohol. If all of this drink talk has changed your tune then you might enjoy some Alternatives For Boozing This St. Patrick’s Weekend. Whatever route you choose, enjoy yourself and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Annabel Hynes
Lifestyle and entertainment writer with an interest in politics, despite the groans it incites at the dinner table. Sci-fi obsessive.

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