Medieval Drinking Games for Your Themed Party

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Are you planning a Medieval-themed party and looking for some fun drinking games? We’ve got a list that will ensure your guests, both lords and ladies, have an unforgettable time!

Medieval parties were a way to break away from everyday life. They included big meals, music, dancing, and, of course, games. Our list of medieval drinking games fits perfectly with your theme and promises lots of fun.

Fun Medieval Drinking Games

Here are nine games that capture the spirit of the Middle Ages, combining history, fun, and drinks. They’re easy to set up with just a few items.

1. Knight’s Duel

In Knight’s Duel, players take part in a tournament of 1v1 sword fights with their full glass of ale as lifeline.

What you need:

How to Play:

  • Players take on the role of knights, each armed with a safe-to-use plastic sword and a cup of ale.
  • Set up a spacious area to act as your arena, where knights can duel one-on-one.
  • Each knight holds their sword in one hand and their “lifeline” cup of ale in the other.
  • During the duel, when a knight gets hit, the audience shouts ‘Drink!’. The hit knight must then take a sip from their cup.
  • The game goes on until one knight finishes their drink or decides to stop.

Tip: Host a big tournament. This turns the game into several friendly duels to see who is the best. It’s all about having fun, making friends laugh, and enjoying each other’s company, just like in olden times.

2. The Alchemist

The Alchemist is a contest of who makes the most original and tasty mixture using at least four different ingredients.

What You Need:

  • A variety of spirits.
  • Different fruit juices.
  • A wide range of herbs and spices.
  • Several empty tankards or glasses.

How to Play:

  • Set up a table with a large selection of ingredients typical of a medieval feast, like various herbs, spices, fruit juices, and different kinds of liquor.
  • Each player takes a turn being the Alchemist. Their task is to mix these ingredients to create a special drink that looks like a magical potion.
  • The main rule is that every drink must include at least one type of spirit, fruit juice, herb, and spice. This encourages everyone to be creative and not just stick to common recipes.
  • Once the concoctions are ready, all players taste each other’s mixes. There’s a voting round to decide the best and most original drink.
  • If your mix is the favorite, you get praised like a real master of drink mixing. But, if people don’t like your drink, you have to drink it yourself.

3. The Chalice

In the Chalice, participants pass around a filled chalice for as long as the music plays. The person who holds the chalice at the moment the music stops drinks its contents.

What You Need:

How to Play:

  • Fill a grand chalice or a big goblet with a mixed drink that everyone will like.
  • Play medieval music to set the atmosphere, like the tunes from olden times.
  • Pass the chalice around to guests as the music plays.
  • The main rule is simple: keep passing the chalice as long as the music is on.
  • When the music stops suddenly, whoever is holding the chalice has to drink the contents of the chalice!

4. Quest of Scrolls

The Quest of Scrolls is a challenge game where players take turns in grabbing a random quest scroll, followed by completing its task.

What You Need:

  • Scrolls with written challenges (use parchment paper for authenticity).

How to Play:

  • In Quest of Scrolls, players become adventurers, each taking a scroll that assigns them a fun task.
  • Prepare scrolls in advance, writing various challenges or drinking tasks on them.
    • Use parchment paper and write in a fancy style, like old manuscripts, for a real medieval feel.
  • Players take turns picking a scroll and unrolling it to discover their challenge.

5. Mead Pong

Mead Pong is the medieval-themed variant of the well-known party classic Beer Pong.

What You Need:

  • Plenty of mead or ale.
  • Beer pong equipment (tables, balls, cups – preferably wooden or metal cups for a medieval feel).

How to Play:

  • Instead of beer, use mead, the popular drink from medieval times, to add an old-world charm.
  • Set up like traditional beer pong and play with teams of two.
  • Follow the usual beer pong rules and gameplay, where teams compete in 2v2 rounds.
  • Winners of each round move on to play other winners.

6. Goblet Guessing

Goblet Guessing is a game that challenges the taste and smell senses of your guests.

What You Need:

  • A variety of ales, beers, and herbal drinks with different flavors.

How to Play:

  • Before the game, prepare a variety of flavorful drinks. These could be different types of beer, herbal brews, or unique mixes that might have been popular in medieval times.
  • Pour each drink into separate goblets for tasting.
  • Players are blindfolded so they can’t see the drinks they are about to taste.
  • One by one, each player tastes a drink and then quietly tells the host what ingredients they think are in it.
  • The host keeps track of all guesses, keeping them secret until the end of each round.

Tip: Offer a wide range of drinks to make the game more challenging and interesting. This can include meads with various flavors, spiced wines, and other drinks inspired by medieval times.

7. The Grail Quest

The Grail Quest game adds an adventurous element to your party, getting everyone involved in a fun and interactive quest.

What You Need:

  • A shiny item to represent the grail.

How to Play:

  • Hide a shiny object somewhere at the party venue. This will be the grail everyone is looking for.
  • Provide clues or riddles periodically to help guests find the grail. These should be in line with the medieval theme to enhance the experience.
  • You can place clues around the venue or announce them at intervals.
  • The person or who finds the grail has the honor of making a special drink, or receiving a special prize. Be creative!

8. Bard Karaoke

Bard Karaoke is a great way to bring to life the music from well-loved stories and settings. Perfect for the late hours of your medieval-themed party!

What You Need:

  • A karaoke machine or setup.

How to Play:

  • Prepare a list of songs that fit the medieval or fantasy theme for guests to choose from.
  • Invite guests to become minstrels for the night, performing songs from fantasy or medieval-themed TV shows and movies.
  • It’s a great way to bring to life the music from well-loved stories and settings.
  • Guests can also request their own songs if they have a particular favorite that fits the theme.

9. Troubadour’s Tale

Troubadour’s Tale is a medieval twist on traditional rhyming and storytelling games.

How to Play:

  • Troubadour’s Tale is a game that revives the medieval art of storytelling.
  • Players take turns adding rhyming sentences to create a story with a medieval or fantasy theme.
  • The game begins with one player starting the story. The next player then adds a sentence that rhymes with the previous one.


  • If a player hesitates too much or can’t come up with a creative sentence, they take a sip of their drink.
  • The aim is to build a story that’s both coherent and entertaining, with each sentence flowing smoothly into the next.

Tips for Planning Your Party

Planning a medieval-themed party is all about creating the right atmosphere. Every detail, from the decorations to the food, helps bring the past to life. Here are some ideas to help you set up an authentic medieval setting for your event.

Medieval Party Decorations

  • Choose the Right Space: Pick a place that’s easy to decorate. An outdoor area can be like a medieval courtyard, while indoors can look like a grand hall.
  • Decorate with Banners and Tapestries: Hang banners, tapestries, and flags on the walls. You can rent or buy medieval props like armor, wooden barrels, and candle holders.
  • Set the Mood with Lighting: Use candles (real or LED for safety) and lanterns. Dim electric lights to add to the medieval feel. LED lanterns are great for safety and effect.
  • Furnish with Rustic Tables and Chairs: Use long wooden tables and benches. You can even have a special ‘throne’ for the guest of honor.

Medieval-Themed Food and Drink

  • Serve Medieval-Style Dishes: Choose foods that resemble medieval cuisine.
  • Offer a Variety of Drinks: Include mead, ale, spiced wine, and non-alcoholic choices like herbal teas or fruit-infused waters.
  • Don’t Forget the Sweets: Go for traditional treats like fruit pies, honey cakes, or pastries.
  • Use Themed Drinking Vessels: Opt for drinking horns or medieval-looking tankards instead of regular cups.

Your medieval-themed party can be as elaborate or simple as you want. It can be full of extravagant decorations and foods, or just focus on costumes and games. The key is to make it unique and enjoyable. Remember, the most important thing is to have a great time!

When hosting a medieval-themed party, or any party involving drinking games, moderation and safety should always be a priority. Encourage your guests to drink in moderation. It’s essential to know one’s limits and respect them. Make sure everyone knows it’s completely okay to not participate in a drinking game if they’re uncomfortable or prefer not to drink. Offering non-alcoholic options is a great idea.

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