• Unconventional pool table drinking games can liven up any party and make it unforgettable.
  • Pool Pong combines beer pong and billiards, where sinking a cup requires your opponent to drink.
  • Sink and Drink is a classic pool game with a twist - every time you sink a ball, you assign a drink to another player.
  • Speed Shooter Showdown tests your quick thinking and shooting skills, with penalties for missed shots and slow play.

When the night is young and the spirits are high, there's no better way to amp up the party than with a round of pool table drinking games. Forget your standard eight-ball and snooker; we're diving into the unconventional, where creativity meets competition and every shot counts—not just for the game, but for your next sip as well. These hidden gems will transform your pool table into the centerpiece of an unforgettable evening.

The Ultimate Mashup: Pool Pong

Imagine combining the beloved college staple of beer pong with the precision of billiards, and you've got Pool Pong. The game is simple: set up plastic cups in a traditional beer pong formation on one end of the pool table. Players then take turns trying to sink a ping pong ball into the cups by striking it with a cue ball. Each cup sunk requires an opponent to drink, but be careful—miss two shots in a row, and you'll be the one chugging down.

Sink and Drink: The Billiards-Based Drinking Game

If you're looking for something with more of a classic pool feel, Sink and Drink is your go-to game. It follows traditional pool rules with a twist—every time you sink a ball, you assign a drink to another player. But here's where strategy comes into play: sink the black ball too early, and you'll be facing the ultimate penalty, finishing everyone's drinks! For those who like their games with a side of tactics, this one's for you.

Sink and Drink: A Spirited Pool Table Game Guide

pool table ready for a game with drinks at the side
Setup Your Pool Table
Begin by ensuring your pool table is clear of any obstructions. Set up the balls in a traditional triangle rack at one end of the table, with the 8-ball in the center. Place your drinks at the other end, within reach of all players.
players deciding who breaks in a pool game
Determine the Order of Play
Decide who will break the rack by either flipping a coin or having a lag competition, where each player hits a ball from the head of the table to the foot rail; the closest ball to the rail without touching it wins the break.
player sinking a pool ball with others watching
Understand the Basic Rules
Players take turns shooting at the balls, aiming to sink them into the pockets. If a player sinks a ball, they get another turn. The game continues until all balls are pocketed. The 8-ball must be sunk last; sinking it prematurely results in an automatic loss.
player nominating another to drink in a pool game
Introduce Drinking Rules
Whenever a player sinks a ball, they nominate another player to take a drink. If they sink a ball and scratch (cue ball also goes into a pocket), they must take two drinks themselves. Sinking the 8-ball allows the shooter to make all other players take a drink.
pool player taking a penalty drink
Incorporate Penalties
Missing a shot without hitting any balls leads to a penalty drink. Hitting the 8-ball first when it's not the last ball on the table also incurs a penalty of one drink. Jump shots that result in balls leaving the table are penalized with two drinks.
winner of a pool game celebrating
Declare the Winner and Consequences
The game ends when a player successfully sinks the 8-ball after clearing their group of balls. The winner gets to nominate two players to finish their drinks. If the 8-ball is sunk out of turn, the player who committed the foul must finish their drink as a penalty.

Speed Shooter Showdown

For those who thrive under pressure, Speed Shooter Showdown will test your quick thinking and even quicker shot-making abilities. Each player has a set time limit to take as many shots as possible. Miss a shot? Take a sip. Fail to shoot within the time frame? Take two sips. This fast-paced game will keep everyone on their toes—and keep the drinks flowing.

Are You Ready for Speed Shooter Showdown?

Speed Shooter Showdown is a fast-paced, thrilling pool table drinking game that tests your quick shooting skills and your ability to stay focused under pressure. Before you rack up the balls and call your friends over, take this quiz to see if you're truly ready to dive into the action!

To ensure that everyone has an equal chance at victory (or defeat), consider these tips:

  • Sharpen your shooting skills before heading into any drinking game showdown.
  • Pick teams wisely; balancing skill levels can make or break your strategy in team-based games.
  • Always have someone sober enough to keep track of scores—and more importantly, enforce drinking rules!

Moving beyond conventional games opens up a world where those felt-covered tables are not just about stripes and solids but also about camaraderie, laughter, and maybe even that sweet taste of victory—or is that just your fifth beer? Either way, let’s raise our cues (and our cups) to these unconventional twists on pool table fun!

Cue Ball Dare: Truth or Shots

In Cue Ball Dare: Truth or Shots, every missed shot leads to more than just giving your opponent an edge—it's also about facing truths or downing shots. This game combines elements of Truth or Dare with pool for an evening filled with revelations and merriment. Each pocket corresponds to either truth or dare; when your opponent misses, draw from a deck of pre-written questions or dares tailored for adult audiences only!

Truth or Dare Party Drinks

You will need:

  • bottle of vodkaVodka
  • bottle of Blue CuracaoBlue Curacao
  • bottle of lime juiceLime juice
  • bottle of pineapple juicePineapple juice
  • bottle of hot sauceHot sauce
  • salt shakerSalt
  • pepper shakerPepper
  • bottle of tequilaTequila
  • shot glassesShot glasses
  • cocktail shakerCocktail shaker
  • ice cubesIce cubes


  1. Start by chilling the shot glasses.
  2. Mix 1 part vodka, 1 part Blue Curacao, and 2 parts pineapple juice with ice in the cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake well and strain the 'Truth' cocktail into a glass.
  4. Rim a shot glass with lime juice and dip into a mix of salt and pepper.
  5. Pour tequila into the shot glass, add a drop of hot sauce, and serve as the 'Dare' shot.


Feel free to adjust the amount of hot sauce according to your spice tolerance. For a non-alcoholic version, replace the vodka and tequila with equal parts of soda water or lemon-lime soda, and omit the Blue Curacao and hot sauce.

Before we continue unveiling our treasure trove of unconventional pool table drinking games, remember that responsible drinking is key. Always know your limits and ensure there's plenty of water—and perhaps some snacks—on hand (nobody wants to play on an empty stomach!). Now let's get back into it!

Party-Ready Pool Gear

  1. custom pool triangle rack
    Custom Pool Racks - Tailor-made racks to kickstart themed games.
  2. novelty pool cue ball
    Novelty Cue Balls - Add a twist with cue balls that have unique designs.
  3. LED light up pool balls
    LED Pool Balls - Illuminate your game with glow-in-the-dark balls.
  4. drinking themed pool ball set
    Drinking-Themed Ball Sets - Replace standard balls with ones that resemble drinks.
  5. shot glass pool cue holder
    Shot Glass Cue Holders - Combine cue storage with a handy shot glass holder.
  6. pool table drink caddy
    Pool Table Drink Caddies - Keep your beverages secure and spill-free during play.
  7. pool table party decor
    Themed Decor Kits - Set the ambiance with pool-themed party decorations.
  8. custom drinking game rulebook
    Gameplay Rulebook - A custom rulebook for your unique drinking games.
  9. chalkboard scoreboard
    Chalkboard Scoreboard - Keep track of scores and drinks with a reusable chalkboard.
  10. pool cue chalk bottle opener
    Pool Cue Chalk Bottle Openers - Multi-functional chalk that can also open your bottles.

If these games have piqued your interest but you're new to this world of billiard-based debauchery, don't fret! There are plenty of resources out there to help you learn more about unique party games that can liven up any gathering. From exploring unique party games, delving deeper into pool table drinking game strategies, or simply finding out about all sorts of fun bar sports, there’s no shortage of ways to become the life of the party.

And if you're already envisioning yourself as a drunk game champion at these unconventional pool table antics? Well then my friend, it might be time for you to take our quiz at Pool Table Drinking Games Quiz and see if you've got what it takes! Stay tuned as we continue exploring these hidden gems in part two—where things get even wilder.

The Rack & Chug Challenge

Let's shift gears to a game that tests your speed not just with the cue, but also with the pint glass. The Rack & Chug Challenge is an exhilarating addition to any party. The premise is simple: rack the balls for a standard game of eight-ball, but before you break, you must down your drink. The catch? Your opponent gets to take their first shot immediately after you finish chugging. This game demands quick sipping and even quicker shooting. For those who fancy themselves as both pool sharks and beer chugging champs, this is your arena.

Billiard Bingo Bonanza

Combine the randomness of bingo with the precision of pool in Billiard Bingo Bonanza. Create bingo cards with different pool shots or outcomes (like "bank shot", "combo", "scratch", etc.), and as you play a standard game of pool, mark off any shots that correspond with your card. First to get five in a row? You guessed it – they call out "Bingo!" and everyone else takes a drink. It's a fantastic way to keep all party-goers involved, even those waiting their turn at the table.

Billiard Bingo Card

  • solid pool ball
    Sink a solid - Mark off when a player pockets any solid ball.
  • striped pool ball
    Pocket a stripe - Check the space when a stripe ball is sunk.
  • pool bank shot
    Bank shot success - Cross off for a successful bank shot.
  • pool combo shot
    Combo shot - A combo shot completion gets a mark.
  • pool break shot
    Break and run - Player breaks and pockets at least one ball without losing turn.
  • 8-ball pool game
    8-ball clearance - When someone clears the 8-ball legally, mark it.
  • 8-ball scratch
    Scratch on the 8-ball - Scratch on the 8-ball gets a spot.
  • behind the back pool shot
    Behind the back shot - A successful behind-the-back shot can be marked off.
  • pool jump shot
    Jump shot - Complete a jump shot and check off this space.
  • pool trick shot
    Trick shot - Any trick shot made allows you to mark this square.
  • pool multiple balls one shot
    Two balls, one shot - Pocket two balls with one shot to check this off.
  • clear pool table game
    Clear the table - Clearing the table in one turn gets a big check.
  • pool cue bridge
    Use the bridge - Use the mechanical bridge to make a shot and mark this space.
  • full table bank pool shot
    Full table bank - A successful full table bank shot can be crossed off.
  • pool shot clock
    Time challenge - Pocket a ball under a time limit to mark this space.
  • pool masse shot
    Massé shot - Successfully perform a massé shot to check this off.
  • longest pool shot
    Longest shot - The longest successful shot of the game gets to mark this.
  • speed pool round
    Speed round - Complete a round within a set time to mark off this square.
  • no look pool shot
    No-look shot - Make a shot without looking to cross off this space.
  • pool table wildcard
    Wildcard - This spot can be marked off at any player's discretion once per game.

Trick Shot Knockout

For those who love to show off their skills or simply enjoy watching others attempt the seemingly impossible, Trick Shot Knockout is an absolute crowd-pleaser. Each player must call and then successfully complete a trick shot. Failure means taking a sip, while success allows them to nominate another player to drink. As the night progresses and the difficulty increases, so does the entertainment value – not to mention the hilarity of increasingly ambitious attempts at pool wizardry.

Which trick shot should be the ultimate challenge in Trick Shot Knockout?

Vote for the trick shot that will raise the stakes and bring the wow factor to the game!


Looking for more fun drinking games and bar sports? The key is variety – switching up games keeps things fresh and ensures that everyone has a chance to shine (or at least laugh at their own missteps). And remember, while these games are competitive, they're all about having fun and creating memorable moments with friends.

If you're new to these games or simply want to brush up on your skills, take advantage of resources like our deep dives into pool table drinking game rules and strategies. Or maybe you're curious about other unique drinking games? Check out our list of unique drinking games that will surely be a hit at your next gathering.

Note: Always remember that drinking games are meant for adults of legal drinking age who consume alcohol responsibly. Know your limits, never drink and drive, and ensure everyone has a safe ride home.

Tips for Becoming a Pool Table Drinking Game Champion

To wrap things up on a high note, let's talk about how you can become the reigning champion of unconventional pool table drinking games:

  • Hone Your Skills: Practice makes perfect! Spend time mastering both your pool shots and your speed-drinking abilities (with water for practice).
  • Killer Instinct: Keep an eye out for opponents' weaknesses – whether they're slow drinkers or shaky shooters – and exploit them mercilessly (all in good fun).
  • Versatility: Be adaptable! Knowing various games like those mentioned above will make you an invaluable player at any party.
  • Sportsmanship: Win gracefully, lose graciously. Remember that it's all about enjoyment!

Become a Pool Table Party Champion

  • Familiarize yourself with the rules of unconventional pool table drinking games📚
  • Practice your pool skills to improve precision and control🎱
  • Learn the art of distraction to throw off your opponents😜
  • Develop a signature trick shot to impress and intimidate💥
  • Create a strategic game plan for each game variant📈
  • Stay hydrated to maintain focus and dexterity💧
  • Know your limits with alcohol to stay sharp throughout the game🚫
  • Encourage a fun atmosphere but remain competitive🎉
  • Always be a good sport, whether you win or lose🤝
  • Keep practicing and challenging new opponents🔄
Congrats, you've mastered the art of unconventional pool table drinking games!

To further elevate your gaming experience, why not check out our other guides? Whether it's learning about the essentials of bar sports, discovering some fun unique drinking games, or exploring more serious competition in our guide on elevating your pool table drinking game skills, we've got you covered.

No matter which game you choose or how many times you've circled the table tonight, remember that it's not just about sinking balls or draining glasses – it's about creating stories that'll be retold every time friends gather around felt-covered corners. So chalk up, cheers up, and may the best player win!

Unconventional Pool Table Drinking Games FAQ

What are some unconventional pool table drinking games?
Unconventional pool table drinking games include variations like Speed Pool, where players race to sink balls as fast as possible, taking a drink for every missed shot. One-Handed Pool requires players to shoot with one hand, drinking for fouls or missed shots. Battle Pool pits two teams against each other, with drinks assigned for each ball sunk by the opponent. Pool Pong, a hybrid of beer pong and pool, is played by sinking balls into cups arranged in a triangle at one end of the table.
How do you play 'Speed Pool' as a drinking game?
To play 'Speed Pool', set a timer and have each player take turns trying to sink as many balls as possible within a set time limit. For each missed shot or foul, the player must take a drink. The player who sinks the most balls wins, and the others may have a penalty drink. The game can be made more challenging by shortening the time limit or increasing the number of drinks for mistakes.
Are there any team-based pool table drinking games?
Yes, Battle Pool is a team-based game where two teams take turns shooting at the balls. Each time a team sinks a ball, the opposing team must take a drink. The game continues until all balls have been pocketed. The losing team may have a final drink as a penalty. This game emphasizes teamwork and strategy, as well as drinking.
Can you incorporate beer pong rules into pool table games?
Absolutely! Pool Pong is a creative blend of beer pong and pool. Set up cups in a traditional beer pong triangle at one end of the pool table. Players then take turns trying to sink pool balls into the cups. Each time a ball lands in a cup, the opposing player or team must drink the contents of the cup and remove it from the table. The first player or team to eliminate all of the opponent's cups wins.
What are some tips for creating my own pool table drinking game?
When creating your own pool table drinking game, consider the skill level of your players and aim for simple rules that are easy to follow. Use elements from classic drinking games, like taking a drink for each missed shot or incorporating physical challenges. Ensure that the game is balanced and fair, and always prioritize safety and responsible drinking. Get creative and don't be afraid to mix and match different game mechanics to create a unique experience.
Max Johnson
Beer pong, cornhole, foosball, shuffleboard, ping pong

Max is a former college athlete who turned to bar sports after graduation. He has a competitive spirit and loves the thrill of victory. He enjoys teaching others how to improve their skills and dominate the competition.

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