Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more of us are indoors than ever and that’s leading to some major cabin fever.

If I have learned anything from horror movies that take place in cabins, drinking seems to be a good cure for this — just, um, don’t go into the woods after.

Because we all know drinking is more fun with friends (even through Zoom) we’ve compiled a list of the best films to watch while drinking together. Below, find five drinking games to play while binge-watching Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Avengers, horror films, or the entire Disney princess collection on Disney+.

Harry Potter

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

If you’re one of the lucky people who own the Harry Potter films, or you have a streaming subscription to USA, put on your favorite movie and pour yourself some Butterbeer. Please don’t binge all eight films and drink at the same time. There is nothing magical about what will happen.

Take a sip when …

  • Vernon is rude to Harry.
  • Harry talks to a snake.
  • Hermione raises her hand in class.
  • “It’s Levi-O-sa, not Levio-saaa”
  • Harry, Ron, and Hermione head into the dark forest.
  • someone says Voldemort.
  • Malfoy mentions his father.
  • Hagrid says “I should not have said that.”
  • Ron gets jealous.

Finish your whole glass if …

  • Dumbledore awards Gryffindor infinity points for existing.
  • Neville saves the day or gets petrified.
  • someone says “Avada Kadavra”
  • Master gives Dobby a sock.
  • somebody destroys a Horcrux.

Special Rules

  • Take a sip for each Weasley in the room when the family gathers.
  • Drink enough to forget your sadness when your favorite character dies.

Star Wars

Never tell me the odds … of me getting drunk before A New Hope ends. I know they’re very high.

For this drinking game, we’ll focus on A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi. Every Star Wars film is now on Disney+ but these ones can also be found on VHS in your dad’s basement.

Take a sip when …

  • Luke ignores someone’s advice.
  • someone says, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”
  • Darth Vader force chokes someone.
  • “May the force be with you,” is said.
  • the Millenium Falcon doesn’t work like it’s supposed to — take two sips if it doesn’t jump to lightspeed.
  • a hologram is on the screen.
  • an Ewok blinks.
  • R2-D2 gets stuck somewhere, or C-3PO is unsure about something. Finish your drink if both things happen at the same time.

Finish your glass when …

  • Obi-Wan dies.
  • “No, I am your father.”
  • Yoda dies. Drown that sorrow, you will.
  • you see a female of any species that isn’t Leia.

Check out this list of out-of-this-world cocktails to make your drinking game classy.


The Avengers

Life is kind of starting to feel like an Avengers movie. New York City is under attack, no one knows what to do, and for some reason, I’m really craving shawarma.

Fans can catch The Avengers on Prime Video and Disney+, Age of Ultron on Disney+, Infinity War on Netflix, and Endgame on Disney+. This back and forth between streaming services should be enough to dissuade you from drinking while watching all four at once. These rules will work with any of the films so pull up your favorite and pour a glass of whiskey — it’s what Tony would want you to do.

Take a sip when …

  • Captain America throws his shield.
  • the characters move in slow motion.
  • a character drinks alcohol.
  • there’s a location title on the screen.
  • Steve and Tony bicker.
  • Thor and Loki argue.
  • someone goes into space.
  • Clint Barton says something sarcastic.
  • Black Widow saves the day.
  • Captain America doesn’t understand a reference.
  • Captain America does understand a reference.

Finish your drink when …

  • Stan Lee appears.
  • someone snaps their fingers.
  • your favorite Avenger dies — limit yourself to two characters so you don’t die, too.
  • there’s a bonus bonus scene.

Special Rules

  • Smash your drink when the Hulk beats up one of the Avengers.

Classic Horror Movies

Any of your favorite trope-filled spooky movies will work with this game, but I recommend finding Friday the 13th on Prime Video, Halloween on Shudder, and the newer A Nightmare on Elm Street on Netflix and HBONow.

Take a sip when …

  • suspenseful music plays but nothing happens.
  • a character is warned that something dangerous will happen and ignores it.
  • a character screams.
  • a character dies.
  • the phone rings.
  • blood hits the wall or the killer’s face — finish your drink if it’s both.
  • someone investigates the mysterious noise (spoiler: it’s a murderer).
  • a character is barely wearing any clothes — finish your drink if they die naked.

Finish your glass when …

  • it turns out that someone you thought was dead isn’t.
  • a car doesn’t start.
  • there’s a really creepy child.
  • someone taking a shower is killed.

Disney Princess Movies

I want to be where the people are … highly intoxicated.

Thanks to Disney+, all the classic Disney films are out of the vault and ready to destroy our livers. These rules will work with any princess film *and* give you an excuse to watch them all over again.

Take a sip when …

  • a princess’s parent dies five minutes into the film.
  • someone talks to an animal.
  • a princess does household chores.
  • you know all the words to a song.
  • the princess falls in love with someone she’s known for five minutes.
  • someone drinks a potion.
  • you see a horse.

Finish your glass when …

  • a villain sings about their evil plan.
  • the villain dies.
  • someone goes into a creepy forest.
  • you see “The End” on the screen.

It’s a whole new world out there, you might as well have some fun.

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