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Fun in the Sun: The Ultimate List of Backyard Drinking Games

Digital games may be more popular than ever. But outdoor games are also experiencing a surge of their own. Last year, Americans spent $4 billion on outdoor toys and games. The right game mixes fun, competition, and, in our opinion, alcohol. Looking to add some excitement to your next get-together? Here are the backyard drinking games you’ll want to play.

The Best Backyard Drinking Games: A Definitive List

Beer Pong

Everyone has a good beer pong story. It’s an unofficial collegiate sport for a reason! So why not make your next get-together as an opportunity to re-indulge in this classic game?

All you’ll need is a few cups (preferably in red), a level, steady surface, a few ping pong balls, and alcohol. It’s quick, easy to set up, and it’s about as fun as it gets.

If you’re looking to take things to the next level, set up a tournament bracket to create some higher-stakes competition.


Okay, we know that we’re biased when it comes to backyard drinking games. But can you blame us? Cornhole is just so much fun!

It’s a simple enough game that you can play it while catching up with friends, yet complex enough that each toss requires precision and accuracy.

Best of all, you can match your cornhole set to the occasion. There are even alcohol-themed boards that are perfect for those fun afternoons in the sun.

High Noon

The crowd gathers around while two people stand in the center. Beads of sweat drip down the competitors’ faces as they prepare to draw their weapon of choice.

It all comes down to this. Who has the speed and fortitude to earn the title of Fastest Hand in the West?

Okay, so we’re having some fun being dramatic. But in all seriousness, high noon is a blast to play, especially if you’ve ever wondered how you’d fare in an old-school shootout.

The game is more or less what you’d expect from a drinking duel. Competitors have to down their drink as fast as they can, then successfully hit their opponent with the crushed can – do not throw the can too hard and do not play with glass bottles.

Giant Jenga

Jenga is tough enough sober, but adding alcohol brings a whole new level of challenge.

If you’re worried about losing those tiny wooden blocks in your yard, it’s time to go big or go home with your very own giant Jenga set.

Giant Jenga works the same way as the regular game, just on a bigger scale. It inherently makes it more ridiculous and fun.

You can find a set at most stores, or if you’re feeling crafty you can try and make your own. This is also a great option for those looking for something to do at their next family game night.

Play These Backyard Drinking Games Responsibly

Fun, sun, and drinking with friends. There’s nothing better than a great afternoon with even better company. Except, of course, these backyard drinking games!

Give these games a shot and make your next event one to remember.

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