Beyond Beer Pong: 10 International Drinking Games (Slideshow)

Getting tired of beer pong? Then why not play a game of Ping Pong Pang?

Beyond Beer Pong: 10 International Drinking Games

Getting tired of beer pong? Then why not play a game of Ping Pong Pang? (Photo: flickr/wayan vota)

China: Jiuling

Juiling is a game best played with at least three people, and there is really no strategy to winning this game. On the count of three, each player sticks out his or her right hand (the left hand reminds a closed fist), holding up a whatever amount of fingers he or she chooses. Then, without looking down at their hands, each player goes around and guesses the sum of their fingers added together. The player who is closest to the actual amount wins, and everyone else drinks. (Photo Modified: Flickr/capital spirits)

England: Fuzzy Duck


One player is nominated to start. He or she either says “fuzzy duck” or "ducky fuzz.” If the first player said “fuzzy duck” then the player on his left can either say “fuzzy duck” or "does he.” If the first player said “ducky fuzz” then the player on his right can either say “ducky fuzz” or “does he.” If the second player in either direction repeats the first player then the play passes to the next person around the table. He can say “fuzzy duck”/”ducky fuzz” following the second player, or “does he.” The phrase “does he” reverses the play around the group, i.e. Switches clockwise for anti-clockwise or vice-versa. It also has the effect of changing the phrase so “ducky fuzz” becomes “fuzzy duck” and vice-versa. Two people can say “does he” one after another; then the play carries on in the same direction as before and with the same phrase.

There are only two more rules, so stay with us: the first is that you cannot say the same phrase twice in one session. If you said “ducky fuzz” last time and the order of play means that you should say “ducky fuzz” again you must say “does he,” so reversing the direction of play and the phrase. If anyone makes any form of mistake in pronunciation or in the order of play, i.e. saying the same phrase twice, then a forfeit must be paid. Normally this consists of downing your shot in one, any mistakes in carrying out the forfeit can lead to further forfeit.

Russia: Bear Paw

A beer mug is filled with beer and passed around. After each person drinks, the mug is topped off with vodka. This continues until everyone is passed out or the mug is full of pure vodka, at which point nobody is left standing anyway. If by some miracle the mug is full of vodka and players are still conscious, the mug continues to be passed around, this time being topped off with beer after every sip. This goes on until nobody is left awake. (Photo: Flickr/Bernt Rostad)

Korea: Bottlecap

This game is one that is played using a bottle of soju — one brand of which, Jinro, is the largest selling alcohol in the world. The rules are simple pretty simple and can surprisingly keep you entertained for hours. When you twist the cap off of the soju bottle, there is a small ring at the base of the cap that dangles off. Instead of ripping off this extra piece, twist it so that it is sticking directly out from the base of the cap. Players then go around and attempt to flick the piece off. Whoever does so, wins, and everyone else drinks. Alternatively, the game can also be played where the loser is the one who flicks off the piece. (Photo Modified: Flickr/graham hills)

Japan: Ping Pong Pang

Ping pong pang is a fast-paced game that requires players to pay close attention, which is definitely a difficult thing to do after a couple of beers. To start the game, one player yells out “ping,” then the person to that player’s left quickly says “pong”. The next person in line says “pang” while, at the same time, nominating someone by pointing out the next player to start everything again by shouting “ping.” If someone hesitates or forgets to point, everyone else starts chanting “iki iki iki!”, which means “drink, drink, drink” in Japanese. (Photo: Flickr/Jonolist)

Ireland: Irish Quarters

We all know that American quarters that calls for players to bounce a quarter into someone else’s glass, but Irish Quarters is played a little bit differently - and dare we say it is more challenging. In Irish quarters, a player spins a coin to start the game (and let’s hope it is a good spin right from the start). While the coin is spinning, that player drinks a cup of beer, refills the cup, and then has to grab the coin before it stops spinning. If the player manages to get it all done in time, then the coin gets passed off the next person in line, and the game starts over. If not, the player has to drink the cup of beer and start all over again - and hopefully the room isn’t spinning too much. (Photo Modified: Flickr/dwayne bent)

Latin America: Dudo

Word is that Dudo is a drinking game that dates back to more than 400 years ago when Incan king Atahualpa is said to have taught it to the Spanish conquistador Pizarro. Essentially Dudo is a game of liar with some dice added to it to mix things up (no pun intended). In Dudo, each player starts off the game with five dice and a cup (or some sort of tumbler). Each player shakes his or her dice around in the tumbler, ensuring that when they stop shaking the tumbler around, none of the other players can see inside their cup. Players then go around saying how many numbers they are showing; for example, three threes, meaning there are three dice in the tumbler showing a three. Players can tcall one another out for lying about what their dice shows, but be smart about who you call a liar. The loser who is incorrectly challenged has to drink, so best to put on your strongest poker face. (Photo: Flickr/RyAwesome)

Spain: Los Chunguitos

Los Chunguitos is popular Spanish game that was named after a 1970s rumba band from Madrid, so you know there is some music involved. Los Chunguitos starts off with all of the players clapping flamenco style, which stays consistent and is done throughout the whole game. The first person kicks everything off by yelling out, “I am Chunguitos number one”, which is then followed by the second person who says, “I am Chunguitos number two”, and so on until every player has a number. Once everyone has a number, then the player who is Chunguitos number one yells out his or her number followed by a random number of a another person playing the game. Without hesitating or faltering, the nominated person has to follow suit by saying his or her number followed by the number of another player. While this is happening, the player to the right of the current player has to make drum sounds while the person to the left has to make guitar sounds. The game continues like so until someone messes up the rhythm. Players can’t keep the beat, mess up the rhythm or flow of the game, or those who hesitate and throw the game off course, must drink, and then the game starts over. (Photo Modified: flickr/pinc floit)

Germany: Flunkyball

In order to play flunkyball, you need two groups of players who stand an equal yet significant distance (four feet or more) opposite each other, each with a drink that is placed in front of them. Between the two teams, you need to create a pyramid of empty beer cans (usually around six or seven). The object of the game is for one team to toss a tennis ball at the pyramid of empty beer cans in an attempt to knock it down. If the ball does hit the pyramid, then the throwing team begins to drink their beer while the opposing team races to find the ball, reconstruct the pyramid, and get back in their starting places. The teams then keep taking turns. (Photo: Flickr/orarewedancer)

Australia: Goon of Fortune

Loosely named after the TV show Wheel of Fortune, this Australian drinking game is a popular one. Depending on how many friends you get together, you’ll need one or more “goon bags,” or what we in the States call a bag of boxed wine, and using clothes pin, hang them from a Hills Hoist (an adjustable-height rotary clothesline). One player spins the Hills Hoist to start the game, and when the clothesline comes stops spinning, those under where the goon bags stopped must drink an amount of “goon” that all the players agreed upon before spinning the Hills Hoist. Players are not allowed to tamper with the natural spin of the clothesline in any way, and doing so results in some drinking penalties. Either way, this is one game that will surely impair your ability to walk a straight line. (Photo Modified: Flickr/Michael Coghlan)