Cornhole Drinking Games for Your Next Tailgate Party4 min read

If you had to come up with a list of ingredients for the perfect tailgate, what would they be? For many people that list would include great company, good food, a drink or two and a game of Cornhole.

There’s nothing quite like passing the time with a game as easy to play as Cornhole with a beer in your hand. But have you ever thought about playing a Corhole drinking game? Read on for a few variations that might just make your next tailgate a party to remember.

Losing Team Drinks

This is probably the simplest of all the Cornhole drinking games. You play a game of Cornhole by the standard rules (need a refresher on those? You can find them here) and work out the final scores.

The losing team then has to take two drinks, for every point they were beaten by. So, let’s say the winning team had 21 and the losers had 17. That’s a difference of 4 points, so the losers have to take 8 drinks.

Note that’s drinks, not shots – unless you want it to be a very short game of Cornhole! A drink can be a sip of beer or wine, the aim being to get a light buzz not to get falling-down drunk.

Place Your Bets

For the gamblers amongst you, this is a chance to make your favourite outdoor drinking games into games of chance. All you need to do is decide between players what the stakes are – how much will you drink if you lose?

Put your heads together and come up with a number of drinks you’re willing to stake. For example, two. At the end of the round, the losing team has to take two drinks – and then play the next round with a slight disadvantage!

Cornhole? Drink

Depending on the skill level of the players, this one can either be a light drinking game or a heavy one. The essence of the game is simple, when the opposing player or team sinks a cornhole? You drink.

It’s a double whammy, not only do your opposition score the three points, but you have to drink which will negatively impact your motor skills. This is where you need to brush up on your Cornhole Slang and look for opportunities to put the opposition off.

Point? Drink

If you want to get your buzz on a little quicker than the previous game, then make it a drink per point rather than per game. Again, let’s state we’re talking drink, not shot, or things will soon get messy.

If you get a cornhole, the opposition takes three drinks. If you’re on the board, they just take one. If you foul, they don’t have to drink at all. If fouling is happening a lot then it might be fun to switch to this cornhole drinking game instead….

Drinks for Fouls

Yes, this is the version of the game that penalises sloppy playing by getting you to take a drink. And that leads to more sloppy playing! As with the drink-per-cornhole version above, this can be a light or heavy drinking game depending on the skill of the players.

There are a couple of variations, you can either drink for each foul or you could set a target – when you get to five fouls, it’s time to chug. Another option is to set a target for the other team to stay below – if they get less than 5, you have to drink. This is one of those games that will make you want to brush up on your technique.

Wrong-Handing

Unless you’re ambidextrous, you probably prefer to throw with your left or right hand. Most players do. This drinking game takes advantage of that, by challenging the other player to use their wrong hand.

If they miss, they drink. But the downside on this one is if they get a cornhole, they’re allowed to throw the challenge back to your team. And if that player doesn’t find their target? Both you and they have to drink.

Nominated Bags

This version needs a little preparation. Take four of the beanbags, and write or sew one of the following on each: Social, Drink, Chug, or Shot. As you’ve probably guessed, if you get a cornhole with one of those bags then the opposing team has to take that action.

This is usually played with the first innings as a regular game, and the second with drinks. But there’s no reason why you couldn’t just use these decorated bags for both innings.

The Shot Bag

If you like to keep things simple, then this game is for you. At the end of every innings, each player throws one extra bag. If they get a cornhole, then the other team takes a drink, or a shot if you want to get really serious!

Cornhole Drinking Games

And that’s our round-up of the best Cornhole Drinking Games. There’s a whole variety, as you can see, so why not get yourself a Cornhole Set and try a few different ones out. And please, remember to drink responsibly and have a designated driver to get you home safe, with happy memories of a great tailgate party.