Go Fish Turned into a Drinking Game

That's right, your favorite card game as a child can now be played as a drinking game. The objective of Go Fish is to see who can end up with the most sets of four of a kind or "books" as they are commonly referred to. A book is made when you collect all four of a certain card in the deck, such as four kings, four aces, four 2s, and so on. The player with the most sets of books will win at the end of the game once all 13 books are completely found.

Supplies you need to play the Go Fish drinking game

  • Deck of cards
  • Beer
Beer Can Fishing Lid

Additionally, an optional improvement to this card game is incorporating Beer Can Fishing. This will allow you to start the game off by making each player actually reel in a mystery beer out of a cooler. You can also make your opponents fish for a beer each time you find a book. This means you will need to purchase one of our catchable can lids packs, a cooler filled with ice and a fishing pole to complete your game setup. 

Dealing the cards for Go Fish

Dealer Shuffling Deck of Cards

Starting with a full deck of 52 cards, pick someone to shuffle and deal the cards. For games with two or three, each player receives seven cards. If four or five people are playing, each receives five cards. Be sure to hide your cards from your opponents as you don't want them to guess what you have. The remainder of the deck is placed in the center of the players and will serve as the Go Fishing pond. Before you begin, make sure you have a couple beers for each player or make everyone fish the their beverage out of the cooler with the catchable Beer Can Fishing lids.

How to play Go Fish drinking game

Player Holding Three Ace Cards

After the initial dealing of cards, if a player happens to have a full set of four or book of cards, it can be laid down in front of the player and is no longer in play. Each time a book is laid down the other players must either drink twice. If you are playing with Beer Can Fishing, the person that got the book can designate a player to go reel in a new mystery beer from the cooler.

Next, the player to the left of the dealer starts the game as the one fishing for a card. They must ask any other player for a card such as, "Give me your Aces." The player who is "fishing" must at least have one of that card type in their hand they are asking for. The player who is addressed must hand over all the cards matching the fishing request. Each time you have to give cards to another player, you must drive twice or three times for face cards and aces.

If the player has none of that card type, they reply, "Go fish!" and the player who made the request must drink once and draw the top card from the remaining cards in the deck.

Go around the circle and take turns until the game ends when all thirteen books have been discovered. The winner of this drinking game is the player with the most books at the end.