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Drinking Game

T-Bone challenging Aiden to a drinking contest in Hope is a Sad Thing

Drinking is a minigame in Watch Dogs.


The Drinking game requires Aiden to beat the local heavy drinker in three levels of drunkenness by downing shots. By a series of button pressing, Aiden is able to successfully down his shot. However, failure to complete the round in time leads to Aiden falling unconscious and awakening in a random part of the area.

Number of Games

In total, there are 33 drinking games that can be completed from three locations. The Drinking Game can only be played in three districts: The Wards, The Loop and Pawnee. Each location has levels 1 to 11, and the final level at each location is an extreme game. Note that these extreme games are not required for the Social Lubricant achievement, but is required for the Beer Belcher achievement.



The Piledriver rifle can be aqcuired by beating Level 16. The Beer Belcher achievement can be earned by completing all drinking games.


Easy level

  1. Pay attention to the countdown timers. Some count down slower than others, like the ones that require multiple inputs on the same one (the ones with the dots above them).
  2. If you hit one with a chain, it will create one or more additional buttons prompts. The countdown timer on the additional ones starts right away so if you hit another chained one, then the one that appeared first should be done first.
  3. Finding a pattern that works is much better than just randomly flying around.
  4. Anticipate the locations of moving ones. If they are moving in a circle, approach it from the opposite direction.
  5. If your circle is covering two of them, you can hit both buttons at the same time.
  6. For the ones that change buttons every couple seconds, try to memorize which ones they switch between.
  7. The detection radius is a little forgiving and you don't need to completely cover them with your circle.

​Medium Level

  1. When you have a moving target that bounces off a wall, you don't have to move the stick but just a hair to keep it centered. The game will automatically turn direction for you on your stick circle.
  2. When you have both a yellow and blue on opposite sides of the screen, focus on just the one and slowly move the other one around blindly until you get it.
  3. When you need both in the same circle, attempt to get both of them in the same spot and then move them together into the circles.
  4. If all else fails, get a second person and you each control just one Analog stick. Also flipping the controller when they come up backwards may help or changing the x and y axis in the controller setup menu. Adjusting the sensitivity of the controller analog sticks could help. Without proper practice, these adjustments won't make it any easier.

Hard Level

  1. This mainly applies to the Drinking game in Pawnee. It requires great focus and much practice.
  2. The opponent in Pawnee is the "Extreme Drinking Game Challenge." This, more than anything, will require some practice. Refer back to the custom help steps for the specific Challenge you have.
  3. Save this Challenge for last! It's extremely frustrating. This will alternate between both methods provided by the first two opponents and amp up the difficulty considerably. You WILL need to be much quicker.
  4. You will fail and when you fail your will humorously wake up drunk elsewhere in the neighborhood.
  5. There's nothing new about the QTE button game other than being more difficult, but there is a new twist on the blue and yellow analog stick game.
  6. If you see an orange circle, this means the R or L stick is REVERSED. So UP is DOWN, LEFT is RIGHT, DOWN is UP, RIGHT is LEFT, etc..
  7. Also, when both sticks are involved, sometimes it's a mystery as to which one is which. Therefore, adjusting the controls, sensitivity, or getting another person to help can make it easier.


  • Drinking is introduced in the campaign mission, Hope is a Sad Thing, where Aiden challenges Raymond "T-Bone" Kenney to a drinking challenge at Jedediah's Bar in Pawnee.
  • Difficulty goes from:
    • The Wards Challenge
    • The Loop Challenge
    • Pawnee Challenge
  • Each drinking opponent will actually tell a story to you while you are drinking once past Level 3 or 4.
  • A second person may be needed in order to complete level 8 and above, or the Pawnee challenge.
  • The Pawnee challenge is considered to be the "Extreme Drinking Game Challenge" as it uses both the Circle Game and the Button-Pushing Game together.
  • The drinker has different dialogues and animations for each drinking game, including his head actually going around from dizziness, and a beer belch.

Video Gameplay

Watch Dogs Walkthrough - Part 49 - Drinking Contest

Watch Dogs Walkthrough - Part 49 - Drinking Contest