Pub Drinking Games Without Cards – Pick up Sticks

Pub Drinking Games Without Cards
“Pick up Sticks”

Pick Up Sticks – 2 Person Drinking Game

Sometimes you find yourself at a pub for a pre-drink and you need to know pub drinking games without cards because the pub doesn’t really look like the type that carries cribbage and backgammon boards behind the bar.

Now this pub drinking game may not actually qualify as a drinking game per se, but it is an activity that involves drinking and it is a type of game so let’s not worry about labels.

You know that first hour when you get to the club and you’re just sitting around with your friends kind of waiting for the night to get started? Well, this is something that you can play to help get the night started.

Pub Drinking Games Without Cards – Pick up Sticks

What you Need:

  • 15 toothpicks or matches
  • alcohol of your choice
  • a buddy

Objective: To alternate picking up the ‘sticks’ until only one remains.


What you Do:

  1. Drop the 15 sticks on the table between the two of you.
  2. Decide who is going to begin.
  3. The first person starts by picking up between 1 and 3 sticks.
  4. The next person continues by also choosing to pick up either 1, 2 or 3 sticks.
  5. This continues until only one stick remains.
  6. The person left with the last stick is the loser and takes a drink of whatever they happen to be drinking.


The winner starts the next round. That’s it. Nothing magical or mystical – just something to pass the time and get your buzz on before the bar starts hopping. Guys, how else are you going to get the courage to join the ladies on the dance floor?

Do check out some of the other drinking games we have listed on our site by checking out the links below.




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