5 Virtual Happy Hour Games to Play With Coworkers

June 29, 2020

Ahoy matey! Welcome to our list of virtual happy hour games.

Virtual happy hour games are any games or activities you play as part of a fun and relaxing video call with a distributed group. At work, these activities are a subset of online team building games.

This list includes:

  • virtual happy hour game ideas
  • games to play during virtual happy hours
  • virtual happy hour games for employees

And more 🙂

So, check out this list of virtual happy hour games to play with coworkers.

List of virtual happy hour game ideas

The following list includes fun games to play during virtual happy hours. These games are designed to be five to fifteen minutes each, so you can run them quickly as part of a larger agenda.

1. Something in Common

Something in Common is an icebreaker game you can play during virtual happy hours. To start off, divide your people into breakout rooms with four or five people each. The group members have three minutes to find the three most unique things they have in common. The emphasis is on unique, because “we all have ears” is boring, but “we all cooked corn on the cob in the last week” is novel and interesting.

2. Virtual Happy Hour Bingo

Virtual Happy Hour Bingo is a type of Online Team Building Bingo.

One way to increase engagement during virtual happy hours is to give your people something active to do throughout the session. Bingo fulfills this need nicely by providing prompts and clues for your people to listen for and check off throughout your call.

Here is a game board you can use:

virtual happy hour bingo

Virtual Happy Hour bingo is a fun, easy and familiar way to integrate games into your virtual happy hour.

3. “I’ll drink to that”

“I’ll drink to that” is a drinking game you can play during virtual happy hours, either with or without alcohol. Personally, I prefer ginger and turmeric tea.

To play this game, decide on a specific phrase that acts as a trigger to take a drink. The phrase should be both common and a little obscure. For example:

  • “oh my goodness”
  • “what do you think?”
  • “can everyone hear me?”

Each time you hear the phrase, everyone says “I’ll drink to that” and takes a sip of their drink.

4. The Question Game

Have you played the question game? Would you know if you did? How long do the questions go?

The answer to that last question is “as long as you can keep it up!”

Playing The Question Game is simple, challenging and fun. To play:

  1. One player asks another player a question.
  2. That player must respond with question directed at another player.
  3. That players must respond with a question and redirect as well.
  4. Keep going until the questions stop.

I played The Question Game tonight. It was fun; or was it?

5. The Statement Game

The Statement Game is the opposite of The Question Game.

To play, one person starts with a statement and then passes it to the next player. That person responds with a statement and continues the conversation. Your goal is both to continue the chain of logic and continue making statements as long as you can.

The game ends when someone asks a question or you fail to make a statement within five seconds.


Well, that’s our list of virtual happy hour games! You can check out our posts on 5 Fun Games to Play on Webex and 5 Fun Virtual Happy Hour Activities for Work for more ideas.

You can develop your own games to play during virtual happy hours too. Nearly anything framed as a fun game can be a quick way to engage your people.

Author: Michael Alexis

CEO of teambuilding.com. I write about my experience working with and leading remote teams since 2010.

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Comments & Reactions ✨
  1. Meghan
    April 27, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    My “Useless” Talent Show. During this virtual happy hour, all team members have to demonstrate one talent that is completely “useless” but is a talent non-the-less. For example, moving one’s ears, blowing through a pen as a musical instrument, making extravagant paper origami flowers, etc. The winner will be decided with an anonymous poll and will receive an official certificate to print as being the winner of My “Useless” Talent Show.

    • Emily
      May 4, 2020 at 4:38 pm

      I LOVE this idea!

  2. Srujana Thimmavajjala
    April 27, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    FRIvia (Friday Trivia – Family Friendly)

    Players and their home-office team can pop their popcorn, have their coasters ready to play trivia. This can include general knowledge, movie buzz, world history, and geography, or current affairs questions.

  3. Ayesha
    April 27, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    The Dance Challenge. All team members will be given (or can decide on) a fun and easy dance challenge from TikTok and they have to work together to recreate it.

  4. RJ Rios
    April 28, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    The Where Am I From Game

    Everyone thinks up three features about where they are from and everyone has to guess where that is. Everyone will get to know each other a little more and have fun learning personalized quirks about places around the world.

  5. Bethany McKinney
    April 28, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    “Gotta Go Fast”

    This game will be an indoor scavenger hunt. A host will call out a name of a common household object and the first participant who runs to collect the item, bring it back to show it on screen, and type the name of the item in the chat box will win that round. This is a good game to get people moving around out of their seat and laughing!

  6. Jacklyn Jandreau
    April 29, 2020 at 1:14 am

    The game is Desert Island. Everyone goes around and has to say three books, three movies, and three items they’d want on a desert island with them. Everyone gets to know much more about the people on the happy hour call, and it’s a fantastic way to get new book and movie recommendations from people on your team, or find out if you had more in common with your team than you realized!

  7. Amanda Kearns
    April 29, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Guess the Celebrity

    How to Play:
    1. Pick a player to start by thinking of a celebrity. This will be Player 1.
    2. For the first round, Player 1 will provide one clue of the celebrity they’re thinking about. All other players will have 1 minute to guess who it is. If no one guesses the celebrity, game moves on to Round 2.
    3. In Round 2, Player 1 will provide a second clue of the celebrity they are thinking about. All other players will now only have :30 to guess the celebrity. If no one guesses the celebrity, game moves on to Round 3.
    4. Round 3, Player 1 will provide a third clue of the celebrity they are thinking about. All other players will now only have :15 to guess the celebrity. If no one guesses the celebrity, all players have to drink.
    5. If a player guesses the celebrity right, all other players, except Player 1, have to drink.

  8. Erica Cruz
    April 29, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    The Virtual Scavenger Hunt game. If you are on a virtual call, like Zoom, let’s say to learn tips and tricks about working remotely, everyone that contributed to the slides can add something related to the scavenger hunt in their slide. If I were responsible for the slide about staying disciplined while working from home, I would probably add a photo of wine (on the list of things not to do while working remotely.) Wine would be an item they would need to find on the scavenger hunt.

  9. Anthony
    April 29, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    The Ruined Paradise Game

    Players divide themselves into two teams. Each turn, one member of each team needs to add a sentence to a story. The Paradise team has to say something positive, while the Ruined team has to add a negative detail that counters the positive statement given. Each team member must contribute exactly one sentence. At the end, one player who is left to be the judge will determine if the Paradise is ruined or not. Cycle between judges based first on volunteers, but, should no judge volunteer, the previous judge will think of a number between 1 and 100, with the person guessing closest becoming the next judge. Teams will switch turns from Paradise to Ruined each round.

  10. Lauren H
    April 30, 2020 at 1:09 am

    Virtual Karaoke is a fun and funny way to enjoy a virtual happy hour. Much like a real karaoke night, there will be technical difficulties, some people who won’t sing, and some people to own the night.

    In order to make this a bit more collaborative, each singer needs to either pick a duet or TWO back up singers. With the sound lag and the fun of singing your sides will ache with laughing.

  11. Colten
    April 30, 2020 at 2:01 am

    JukeBox – Everyone will go around the room, one by one, with a particular song in their head. They must hum or sing a part of the song (could be any part) and everyone else must guess what artist and song name it is! This is a way to learn new music and also focuses everyone.

  12. Taylor Dickinson
    April 30, 2020 at 3:42 am


    You pick a category each round and are given prompts to draw. As each team member goes, the other team members will guess the drawing and submit their answers within a time frame. There are points rewarded for each close guess and the first person to guess 5 of their team members drawings wins the game!

  13. Emma Fishbein
    April 30, 2020 at 4:20 am

    The game Survivor is an exciting way to test your chances of winning the famous tv show. Well, without the being stranded on an island! However, you’ve still got to prove your quick thinking. To begin make sure to divide into two groups before getting ready to go head to head. Your tools will be a mighty pen and paper, as you’ll need somewhere to capture your imaginative ideas. Be sure to set a three minute timer and then begin collaborating with your team on what you’ll need to SURVIVE. Does someone need an endless supply of chocolate? Or a boat to sail away in? The opportunities are endless AND you’ll be given the chance to hear more about your friends and colleagues. Once your time is completed be sure to compare who needed what and why!

  14. Tracy Becker
    April 30, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Household Horror Happy Hour

    The Household Horror Happy Hour is a scary twist on the traditional home scavenger hunt. This game can either be played with individuals or teams in breakout rooms, depending on the number of people and how much time is allotted. Players are challenged to find one specific item in their house, that can either be an actual creepy item, something silly, or a simple item such as a pencil. Players are then challenged to tell the either real or fictional scary story of this object. Is it a heirloom passed down for generations that seems to change places when someone isn’t looking? Is it an old coffee mug that leaks ooze? Or is it just an old photo of a high school haircut that was just plain scary?

    Get creative! Anything goes, as long as you’re having fun. Teams can use groups of objects, or one team member can bring an object that other team members tell a story about. Points can be awarded for each player, or a vote can be done to choose a winner. Feel free to adjust the rules to suit your situation!

  15. Samantha F
    April 30, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Cheers! – The game that gets harder, but more rewarding, as it goes on! After creating an order, each player takes turns counting. Player one, “One.” Player two, “Two,” and so on until you reach 21! Once you successfully count to 21. The player who 21 landed on will create a rule. Examples: Switch numbers 3 and 12. Or, instead of counting 4, bark like a dog! This goes on each round until someone messes up. When someone messes up, everyone drinks and you start over. When you reach 21, everyone raises their classes and yells “Cheers!”

  16. Sarah Taubner
    April 30, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Happy Hour Mad Lib

    At the beginning of virtual happy hour, the host distributes a list of types of words needed to complete the mad lib (2 adjectives, country, verb, noun, etc.). Over the course of the happy hour, participants complete their lists from words said throughout the meeting. At the end, the mad lib is sent to everyone and each person can share their rendition.

  17. Chhai
    April 30, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Get to Know You Trivia With a Twist- Each person goes around introducing themselves and sharing 5 facts about themselves. The others must guess which fact sounds exaggerated. The person that guesses the exaggerated fact correct will be the next one to go but must add an additional exaggerated fact (up to a maximum of 5). Each person only gets one guess, and they are eliminated if they guess wrong.

  18. Lynette
    April 30, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Virtual Family Feud:

    This would be a fun drinking game similar to Family Feud. Each person gets sent a red “buzzer” that makes the classic buzz noise while one person is assigned as the host. Everyone else is separated into two teams (to make it more simple and efficient) The host gets sent humorous question cards themed around working at home and alcohol. Whenever someone gets a question right they have to drink and so on and so forth.

  19. Alex Lapp
    April 30, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Virtual Scattergories: Similar to the popular board game, there is a list of items everyone needs to think and write on their sheet of paper. The answers must start with the same letter that is established at the beginning of each round. What makes this unique is companies and groups can create their own lists and have fun with their coworkers/friends! If people are doing this with their friends, they can create lists with many inside jokes and have a lot of laughs!

  20. Natalie A
    April 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    The group will be split up into 4 teams. Using teambuilding.com’s sixteen cities, each team will be given 4 cities. Every individual in the group will share something they know about one of the cities that directly relates to their personality, travels, or just an asset they would like to share with the group. This way, everyone gets to share a little something about themselves, while others in the group get to know them simultaneously. Additionally, this gives the group an opportunity to learn something new about the cities in which teambuilding.com is focused.

  21. Angelica
    April 30, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Candy Land Trivia

    Each team member would receive a bag of color coated candy (m&ms, skittles, etc). Each color would represent a different question or action and that team member gets to respond to it, and engage in open conversation with the rest of their team.

  22. Nicole Hanson
    April 30, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    “Guess Who”

    One player picks a celebrity and the others try to guess the celebrity by asking one description question at a time regarding the mystery character. Building a profile from your peers questions and you own you will be able to guess the person.

  23. Madeleine Metcalf
    May 1, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Sneak It In!

    The group gets divided into smaller teams through breakout rooms. Depending on the size of the original group, you could split up into 2-6 teams. From there each team has to come up with a word or phrase that they need to sneak into the original group conversation without any of the other teams guessing what their word/phrase is. After a few minutes of brainstorming individually, each group comes back together as one. The goal is to incorporate your team’s word/phrase into the conversation as many times as possible without the other teams figuring out what your word/phrase is. The team who sneaks it in the most amount of times or doesn’t get caught by the end of the happy hour wins the game!

  24. Kathleen A Caffrey
    May 1, 2020 at 1:06 am

    A person, whoever it is, mentions something. The next person has to connect it to another item. Event, person, tech, etc. It helps people establish knowledge bases and how they think.

  25. Molly
    May 1, 2020 at 1:52 am

    “A Twist of Charades”

    We’re taking charades to a new level by reversing it! In this version, everyone in the group will act out the word on the selected card while a single person in the group tries to guess the word. It’s madness, it’s mayhem, but it’s pretty damn fun.

  26. Samantha Jauch
    May 1, 2020 at 1:54 am

    The GIF Game- Each person from the group will take turns being the judge. The judge will give the group a topic such as TGIF, COVID-19, All I want for Christmas is ____. Each person in the group will have 2 minutes to find an animated GIF they think best interpreted the topic and send it in the chat. The judge gets to pick the winner and the winner gets a point. You can play as many rounds as you want.

  27. Angelica
    May 1, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Name, State, Animal, and Food

    We send all participants out alphabet letters. And 1 by 1 we pick a letter and the person with the letter picked starting or ending in their name has to name something in all 4 categories that start with the letter picked. Oh, and there’s a 5 second time limit.

  28. Apollos Gause
    May 1, 2020 at 1:01 pm


    Over the years I’ve had many group outings with friends and we LOVE trivia. Not just any trivia though, trivia that reminds us of our childhood.
    The way this game works:
    One person(DJ) can choose a song, television theme song, or movie trailer. 1 point for correctly guessing the title of the song, show or movie; 3 points for the date! The person who receives 20 points(For the year 2020 😉 ), wins! Person who correctly gets the year, takes their turn as the DJ. This is a really fun game because it brings back nostalgia and of course, laughter.

  29. Lindsay
    May 1, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Playing a game of modern “Guess Who”, utilizing on online secret santa generator, each person in the happy hour will be assigned another member. Instead of posting a ‘wish list’, each member would have posted answers to a series of questions about themselves (these are only visible to the person who receives them). Then- during the Happy Hour, you must pretend to be the person you were assigned utilizing their answers to the questions to help build their character, you can also use props and costumes as well (i.e. fake mustache). This would be a great game for coworkers specifically because it will help them get to know more about the other person!

  30. MaryKate S
    May 1, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    “Toga Party and At-Home Olympics”

    Great ideas, everyone! Another idea is a toga party and an at-home Olympics! Have everyone dress up in togas to set the mood for a Greco-Roman virtual happy hour theme! Potential at-home Olympic activities could be: 1. balancing a book on their heads for the duration of the games (balance/gymnastics), 2. beat(boxing) competition, 3. discus throw (using paper plates), 4. squat competition, 5. Athena/Minerva’s trivia (general or Greco-Roman-themed trivia), 6. Hermes/Mercury’s message decoding (emojis/images stand for phrases, the first to decode gains a point, the first to 5 points wins), 7. Ares/Mars’ “War” Virtual Card Game, 8. Apollo’s haiku contest (vote for the best/funniest poem), 9. Best toga, etc. There should be medals (real or virtual) for the winners!

  31. Jennifer Banks
    May 1, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Fishbowl– This is a combination of charades and Pictionary, done in three rounds. Break up into teams, then have someone choose a word or phrase, that they then have to communicate to their group. The first round they must draw the word or phrase, the second round is acting it out, and the third round you can only say one word that might describe it.
    For example, Fish
    Round one: draw a fish
    Round two: act out a fish
    Round three, spoken: “scales”

  32. Christine
    May 1, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Portrait of a …
    To take a live-action riff on the art museum challenge, everyone on the team either takes turns on different prompts or competes against one another on the same prompt to best dress up as a certain piece of artwork. All it takes is some scarves or clothing option, maybe some makeup, on hand and prepared slides of famous works of art. It’ll be a riot to see the types of personalities that reveal themselves – those who try to keep their look hidden until the last second reveal, those who really go for face painting, and those who maybe have one too many black t-shirts who are flabbergasted.

  33. Alex M.
    May 1, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    The Name of the Game: SILENT SONG CHARADES

    How to Play: One player will MUTE THEIR SOUND and select a song. They will sing the words to the song in front of the camera, and the OTHER PLAYERS WILL HAVE TO GUESS WHAT SONG IT IS by reading the person’s lips! If no one can guess the song AFTER ONE MINUTE, THE SINGER HAS TO DRINK!

    A great way to bond over music and get some singing in without having to worry about a connection delay! 🙂

  34. Kurt
    May 1, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    “The Silly Photo Challenge”

    Every round, participants will be presented with photos depicting a person in a silly situation. Each participant will try their best to recreate the goofy photograph, and in addition will put their own unique twist on it. The entire group will vote who performed the best recreation. The total round victories needed to win will depend on the size of the participating group.

  35. Alexandria Bova
    May 1, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    The Aliens Have Landed” — Virtual Happy Hour for Teams

    The rules are simple — pretend like aliens have landed on Earth and want to learn about your company and the products you provide. However, they don’t speak English, so you have to create/explain through symbols/pictures. Each participant has to draw 5 images that communicate what your company does (and its culture) as simply as possible. Include products and services as well!

    These images should be as simple as possible to convey your company’s mission clearly to the aliens. Upload to a shared folder or document and pick a winner. Look at each image carefully — are there common themes within these images? Did you forget a product or service you offer as a company? Have fun with this! I did this with my team, and it really helped create an elevator pitch for our company!

  36. Jessica Stockdale
    May 1, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    I present “Just Like Van Gogh!”

    Each team member draws a famous person to the best of their ability within 20 seconds. Then everyone has to guess who they drew.

    Options to make the game more intense are to prepare the list of famous people ahead of time, and have people draw names. You could also make it even more specific. What’s that you say, you want a picture of Lady Gaga, but you want her in her meat dress? Or you want Oprah Winfrey but you want to see her riding in a helicopter? Each round can be progressively more intense.

    At the end of the day, it will bond people through laughter and the silly challenges.

  37. Taylor Manning
    May 1, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    Virtual Face Lift

    In this virtual team building happy hour event, each team member will be sent a care package with different beauty supplies, a scented candle + a curated single serving of wine or bubbly. The moderator will start with an ice breaker quiz to show how everyone really needs this relaxing hour. They will them walk everyone through how to give yourself an at home facial while enjoying a glass of champagne and the delicious scent of the candle. The moderator also will give you information on the wine + the candle like where and how it was made, and then set you off to enjoy the rest of your evening.

  38. Carolina
    May 2, 2020 at 12:23 am

    “What is that?!”

    One person covers their eyes, and another picks a random object from their household (the more arbitrary the better) and holds it to the camera so everyone can see what it is except for the person who’s eyes are covered. It’s then up to the everyone to give clues to the person whose eyes are covered and help them guess what the object is. If they don’t guess it within 3 minutes they have to try again with a different person/object!

  39. Erin F
    May 2, 2020 at 2:56 am

    Virtual Craft Attack

    The person leading the meeting has everyone pick a number between 1-50. Whoever guesses the winning number gets to pick any animal they want. Everyone gets 5 minutes to scramble around for materials in their respective homes. Now comes the fun part. Everyone is given 20 minutes to construct the chosen animal out of the materials they had handy. Winner is chosen by vote at the end !

  40. Molly
    May 2, 2020 at 2:59 am

    Impromptu Portraits
    Players have three minutes to draw a portrait of another player of their choosing. Bonus points if they incorporate the background! When the time is up, players will take turns showing their portraits, and the rest of the group guesses who they drew.

  41. Grace Gordon
    May 2, 2020 at 10:35 am

    “Zoom Fashion Show”

    Each contestant gets a chance to go into their closets and pick out the wackiest pieces they have and put them together. The uglier the outfit ends up being, the better. You can use up to 2 props from around your house. Each round, 10 minutes are allotted to find an ensemble that matches a theme. Preferably, there should be enough people for a panel of 3 judges and at least 2 contestants each round, and those roles will rotate. The person voted to have the most ghastly outfit is safe and only has to take a sip, but the person who “wins” is ordered to take a shot. A random word generator should be good for coming up with themes, so they don’t start repeating or becoming too contrived. This game gives everyone a chance to show off some individual creativity!

  42. Jordan L
    May 2, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    “Word Tennis”

    You can split the group up into two teams or however many you would like. You then have one person from each team face off vs each other. Before you start, the moderator will think of a topic such as “Ice Cream Flavors”. Each person will have three seconds to think of an ice cream flavor that wasn’t mentioned previously. Players go back and forth stating ice cream flavors like a rally in tennis. If one person repeats a flavor and/or can not answer within the three seconds, then they lose the round and the other team gets the point. The next round can be “US States” then “Actors” and “Actresses”, “Types of Sports”, etc. You can go until a certain number of points of until a team dominates with a few Aces and a mean backhand (had to throw in the tennis reference)!

  43. Kenneth
    May 2, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Name of the game “cultural knowledge”
    Split the group in two teams and a letter from the alphabet is given to both teams and both teams have to write the name of a country , then a name of a state, followed by the name of a person, last name, and a thing. For example letter “F”:

    France, Florida, Francine, Fernandez, flower.

    Who ever finishes first decides what the other team drinks

  44. Alyssa S
    May 2, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    now presenting: Karaoke Quest!

    As the whole world has made a mass movement onto online resources for their day-to-day life, many have found themselves navigating a lonely home space that has reduced the interaction between friends, coworkers, and family. In order to rekindle our closeness to one another, Karaoke Quest is an excellent method of bringing together the familiarity of a beloved activity with the technological interaction of modern times. A game where two people are randomly paired to sing a well-loved song together (think past hits like Don’t You Want Me or modern favorites, like any Beyoncé, or love ballads to wave your phone flashlight to), a friendly competition will arise as the audience anonymously scores the performance. The fun environment of a karaoke room can be brought right into your home with this game!

  45. Alyssa Long
    May 3, 2020 at 2:40 am

    Scavenger hunt
    Name something and each person has to see if they have a picture that contains it in the picture. Builds attention to detail

  46. Dolce Bella
    May 3, 2020 at 7:35 am

    How about live 3-card Tarot readings that are 10 minutes long, every Monday & Wednesday? I’d be down for that.

  47. Tyler Deming
    May 3, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Research and Destroy.

    Split into teams. Choose something they know nothing about or very little. Each team has one hour to research, create a power point presentation or other type of media presentation over the subject. And give a 2 to 3 minute presentation over the topic. all have to be done within that hour. As best each team can. It doesn’t have to be finished. No one expects you to do all of this all at once and it be perfect. All teams vote at the end to pick a winning team. Winning team gets a work perk.

  48. Emma Burleigh
    May 3, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    The Better ‘Guess Who’:

    Take the classic ‘Guess Who’ game, but instead put the faces of different people who work in the departments across the company. This will test people’s skills on their coworkers, and maybe even foster some new friendships. This way people can know more about who they’re working with, and cue in some fun-facts to trip people up.

  49. Abigail Carroll
    May 3, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Jackbox Party Games!

    This game is easy to livestream and play with friends and coworkers. The games allow for easy enjoyment remotely as all players use their phones to play each individual game.

  50. Charity
    May 3, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Zoom Mr. Potato Head

    Each employee will compete individually. Each employee will receive a blank template of an animal, person, or object…the more outlandish the better! (Blank picture of a potato, picture of a bear, outline of a body, etc.) The employee will then use a “paint” program or similar feature on their computer or the Internet to draw a costume on the template to make the picture resemble a famous person or character (i.e. Disney princess, Kim Kardashian, Joe Exotic, etc.). If an employee isn’t able to color in the picture on their computer, they can print out the template and color on it manually! The employees will then take turns guessing what person/character each other drew.

  51. Brittany Howard
    May 3, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    A live ‘cook off’ event

    When you drink at a happy hour, you get what ?..Hungry duh.. and who doesn’t love a great meal 🙂

    Have themed food event happy hours such as i.e., Mexican and Pizza, and people can cook online while sipping their favorite cocktail 🙂

    It can even be timed to see who can cook the fastest and whose food is the most appetizing!

  52. Marcell Clark
    May 3, 2020 at 11:39 pm


    Each player must have a drink on hand (non-alcoholic beverages are fine, but alcohol is encouraged for the spirit of Happy Hour).

    The player who was hired MOST RECENTLY will begin the game. They can choose any “skillful” action to accomplish that must then be performed by the remaining players. Ex: 5-second handstand, a popular (or unpopular) dance move, shoot a ball of paper into a trashcan 6 feet away, etc.

    You can purposefully choose actions to “motivate” co-workers such as busting out 30 push-ups or 50 jumping jacks. The choice is yours! Get creative.

    Anyone who fails at accomplishing the action will be penalized with a letter (beginning with H) and will have to take a sip of their Happy Hour beverage. Players continue until they receive all letters spelling out “HORSE”.

    To encourage team comradery, when a player is knocked out of the game, the group will commence a group toast in the name of the fallen co-worker.

  53. Rachel Rodewald
    May 4, 2020 at 3:54 am

    Brainstorm is a virtual happy hour game that’s good both for loosening up veteran members of a team as well as introducing and getting a read on new members. The first player comes up with a noun, and the next players come up with descriptors for that noun, or other words that they associate with it. If a player has a particularly good descriptor or association, other players can tell them that they’ve “stolen my thunder”. If a player can’t think of a new descriptor/association in twenty seconds, they announce a “dry spell” and the last player to steal thunder has to come up with a new starter noun. The game ends when this player can’t think of a new noun in thirty seconds. An example starter noun might be “dinner”, which other players might describe as “delicious”, “nutritious” or “dinner party”, any one of which could be a “stole my thunder” suggestion, depending on the group.

  54. Roel Paolo
    May 4, 2020 at 7:38 am

    My Cup of Tea

    What would be better than just drinking tea? Is knowing someone their cup of tea.
    The game is like this everyone would write in a small piece of paper what their cup of tea is. They can even write example such as “My cup of tea is singing before lunch” . After that fold it.
    Put it in a container mix it. Everyone picks from the jumble file and guess who that person is.
    While drinking their tea or beverage (they like). The more harder for you to be guess the better. A simple game while taking a break.

  55. Marianne BG
    May 4, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    How well does your team eat

    Each participant will state which food that everyone loves that they hate eating and why, and also food that everyone hates that they actually love.

    This will give people the insight how unique their team is and to be more tactful and considerate when interacting with the team. Also, a great way to break the ice and feel comfortable with sharing ideas with the team no matter how unique their ideas are.

  56. Nikolay
    May 4, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    I’ll drink to that sounds like a great game 🙂

  57. Lz
    May 4, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Who had the best week ever would be a therapeutic stress releasing game for all? Everyone share stories of a good thing that happened during the week. The BEST voted wins.

  58. Ian J
    May 4, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Write a short story

    Everyone writes a short story one line or paragraph at a time, going around the room or in some specific order. The goal can be to make it funny or exciting or have two teams compete to make pre-made characters accomplish in the story first (e.g. a treasure hunter gets the treasure on team A or is thwarted on team B).

    You could also do this in a mad libs style, fill in the blanks with noun/adjective/etc. You could also have a hat with nouns/adjectives that you pull from for each blank. You could even do it for the teams, where you pull 2 or 3 items and each team needs to choose the one they think will help their team the most.

  59. Chelsea
    May 4, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    My suggestion is the virtual version of Pictionary, Charades or Taboo. These kids classics are a sure fire way to get everyone engaged and having fun. In high school I remember getting to play Taboo in Spanish class as a treat. Without fail, this game got EVERYONE fired up and excited. Depending on the tools available, these are easy games to play virtually! Taboo games are easy to download on phones or better yet, the service can be designed and provided from Teambuilding.com. To add drinking just decide on a drinking “penalty” for mistakes. For example, if you say the ‘taboo’ word you drink 🙂 Or if your team can’t guess what you drew, you drink 🙂 But I think these games are surprisingly fun even WITHOUT alcohol!

  60. Nathan Ellstrand
    May 4, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    “I’m thinking of an animal”

    One person picks an animal.

    Everyone else has to guess what that animal is, asking “yes” or “no” questions. For example, “IS the animal bigger than a bread box?” “Is it a mammal?”

    After a round of questions, eventually the group of people work to guess what the animal is – and if it’s correct!

  61. Shenia Schlosser
    May 5, 2020 at 2:20 am

    Guess Who?
    Before the meeting, one person will send an email/text to each person requesting them to respond with one interesting fact about themselves. Gather all the responses and present them to the group at the meeting. Everyone writes down who they think that person is. Once all interesting facts have been read, go back through each one, letting the person who submitted the interesting fact claim it!

  62. Ariel Farthing
    May 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    My idea is similar to the question game or the statement game but a little harder. Each person goes around the room saying something about themselves but the next person has to start their statement with the same letter that the last person ended their statement about themselves with. First person to stop the chain, drinks!

  63. Chris Lied
    May 5, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Three Famous People in 3 Seconds

    Each person goes around the room and names three celebrities they would want on their work team. Each person has three seconds. If a person takes longer than three seconds, they take a drink.

  64. Emily
    May 5, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Virtual Beer Pong Tournament
    Virtual Beer Pong (or water pong to keep our immune systems strong!) involves a ping-pong ball strategically bounced across a table, into cups, except it’s all captured on live chat.
    No bouncing allowed!

  65. Anna
    May 5, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    My virtual happy hour game would be called “Home Scavenger Hunt”.
    How to play:
    1. Create a list of common household objects.
    2. Everyone has 30 seconds to gather the household items.
    3. The person with the least amount of items drinks.

  66. Heather
    May 5, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    The Impression Game

    Divide into two teams. Each team come up with five people in their social circle that everyone is familiar with. Take turns and do your best impression of that person while your team tries to guess. The team with the most correct impressions wins!

  67. Dee
    May 6, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Virtual Song Trivia
    Easy but fun game… Play a snippet from a song and have participants guess the artist and title. Can replay the song twice and have a minute to answer. The person with the most point wins

  68. P
    May 6, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    My suggestion is to have everyone think of a movie they like: it can be super obscure, popular, etc. Then everyone has to take a turn trying to get the other players to guess the movie by explaining the plot in the worst way they can think of. You can’t use the title, well-known lines, or character names.

  69. Selena Clark
    May 6, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    The Lip-Reading Game

    Take turns one person at a time turning off your mic, but leaving the video on, and saying a 5-7 word phrase. The others in the chat then have to take turns guessing what they are saying. This could be done with one person, or in teams, depending on how many people are in your virtual happy hour.

    Two ways to win:
    The individual or team who gets the most phrases right
    The individual or team who has the funniest interpretation of what is being said

  70. Raymund
    May 7, 2020 at 5:43 am

    “Fast Talk”
    Each member will be asked series of personal questions which will be answered in a short period of time. A member with a lot of unanswered questions will be receiving “fun punishment”.

  71. Jenna Toth
    May 7, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Most Likely To…

    Before the game begins, one staff member will be designated as the reader and asked to come up with a list of 10-20 “Most Likely To…” statements. Each player will need some paper and a pen.
    1. The reader will read off the first statement.
    2. Each staff member will write down the person they think is “Most Likely To…” do whatever the reader said.
    3. On the count of three, each staff member will hold up their piece of paper. The person whose name appears the most will have to drink!

  72. Venci
    May 7, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    There was a game I used to play in my youth, not quite sure the name, I think the name was “Boys and Girls” because we used to play it at Boys and Girls club. There are 6 categories on the paper: boys name, girls name, animal, county/state (or city), food, and movie (or show). The game is better with 3-4 people, but can also be fun in larger groups. Player A asks player B “ABC fast or slow”, Player B says either “fast or slow” and that’s the speed player A has to say their ABC’s in the head until player B says “stop.” Once Player B says “stop” whatever letter Player A stopped on in their head is the letter with which all the players have to fill out their categories with and the first player to finish yells “stop” and everyone must stop, then recite their answers. If two people have the same answer that’s 50/100, if three or more people have the same answer then that’s 25/100. The goal is to have the highest score after a few rounds. The game can go on as long as the player would like and the letters cannot repeat. If player C lands on the same letter of player A, then Player C must do the ABC’s in their head until they get a different letter. Sounds like a lot, but the game is really fun and can get a little competitive. A simple paper and pencil game that makes you think quickly.

  73. Zachary Baltes
    May 7, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    I love all of these! My favorite is “I’ll drink to that.” It’s certainly not because it’s totally relatable or anything…


    Here’s one example of a game you can play during a virtual happy hour.

    “Phunny Phrases”:

    1. Split your group up in to groups of three people.
    2. You have two people who are playing against each other, and a judge.
    3. Pick 6 topics to talk about – they can be anything (climbing, boxing, movies, etc.).
    4. The judge will randomly select/generate 6 weird words or phrases that are uncommon or even downright ridiculous (e.g. “fuddy-duddy”). The judge will then give these words and/or phrases to the two separate players.
    5. The players will then start one of the six conversation topics and try to slip in their word or phrase without it being acknowledged by the other player. The judge will be the one to decide on legitimate callouts. If someone sneaks a word past the other player, the unknowing player will need to take a drink. If one of the players calls out the word slip correctly, the unsuccessful word-slip player needs to take a sip!

    You can only use one word/phrase per topic, and if the topic passed, you lose your chance to use that word or phrase. Each topic lasts for 30 seconds – think quick!

  74. Chris
    May 8, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    The Sneaker Game
    Tell everyone about a favorite pair of sneakers- where you got them, why you like them, and an adventure you’ve had in them.

  75. Dantae Marino
    May 8, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    How about this game! Everyone in the group privately messages the leader explaining a fun fact about themselves or crazy experience they had. The leader reads the fact and then the group has to try to figure out who the fact belongs to. Everyone in the group would get to learn more about each other and it would be a great (and probably hilarious!) bonding experience.

  76. Marissa Bavaro
    May 8, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    One of my favorite games to play with my friends is telephone pictionary. Really any games with interpreting drawings are amazing. The way it would work for virtual happy hour is split people up into teams with at least 3 people on one team, but the more people on a team the better. One person on each team will come up with either a word or a phrase. They will then message the next person in the team the word or phrase, which they will then draw and take a picture and send to the next person. The next person will try to figure out the phrase that was originally written by the first person. The more people on a team, the more rounds it goes through. Once all people on the team have gone, each person will then go through what part of the chain they had and share with everyone. It’s hilarious to see how they get from start to finish!

  77. Olivia
    May 8, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Choices, Choices

    Here’s how you play: One player will draw from a pre determined list of questions along with four pre determined answers to said question. For example, the selection may read: Which activity am I most likely to do on vacation? A. Skydive B. Bungee jump C. Parasail D. Wakeboard. Silently, the player will choose their answer for themselves. They shall not reveal it to anybody. Each member of the group will then guess what the think player one selected as their answer. Following with the same example, if player one selected A. Skydive, everyone who guessed skydiving would get a point and anyone who guessed anything else would take a drink. Then another player chooses a question and so on. The winner is the first to get __ number of points. Note: the players may create their own questions with pre determined answers, however the game goes faster if the questions are already written.

  78. Fahmida
    May 8, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    The Letter Game

    A random letter is given and everyone thinks of a word or anything (book, tv show, movie) that comes to mind when they think of that letter. If two or more people have the same idea then they can partner up. As more letters are given, whoever thinks of the same thing using those letters can join together and those that have different ideas have to separate (if they’re already in a group). This will reveal the people that have common ideas and people who aren’t so liked minded. Some friendships could be formed as a result or other relationships.

  79. Noreen Crayton
    May 9, 2020 at 12:58 am

    How about keeping that mind sharp and creating a limerick contest? Form teams and each member is only required to add one line of the limerick. Overall, each team will have an alloted time in which to create as many of them as possible. The team that creates the most limerick wins a virtual point to advance to the next challenge on Teambuilding.com

  80. Maryeling
    May 9, 2020 at 1:30 am

    “Name the Animal” is a game to pair a person with an animal based on a good quality that person has. Is a great game to praise each other and fun to see how many animals you know.

    One person draws from a bowl another person’s name (randomly), and that person needs to start saying things like: this person is like a cat, because is independent, smart, sassy, clean, and then the others need to try to guess who that person is.

    This game will also help on helping the team to know their qualities better.

  81. Samantha
    May 9, 2020 at 1:55 am

    All about Movies

    You must think of 3 movies and everyone else will have to guess the titles of the movies.
    The clues to guess the movie titles are as follows:
    The first movie is acted out, whatever they think will help their co-workers guess the title.
    The second movie is quoted.
    The third movie is the hardest as you can only use one word to describe the movie and everyone else must guess based on that one word.

    Just for an extra boost of fun everyone can bring popcorn or their favorite snacks and act as if they are at the movies while guessing!

  82. Silena
    May 9, 2020 at 3:24 am

    An office version of cards against humanity.

    A less offensive version customized for each company.

  83. Rashika T
    May 9, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Around the World,
    This is a game I commonly play with my friends! Person A’s audio from the group would be cut out and the rest of the team can still hear themselves. The team has to decide on a something they have to apply to their answer every time Person A asks a question. The goal is for Person A to see what the commonality is between the teams answers, as they continue to ask questions.

    For example:
    – The member answering has to act like the person next to them
    – The member answering needs to cough before they answer
    – The member answering needs to start their answer with the letter ‘C’

  84. Catherine D
    May 9, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Guess Who Show & Tell!

    Option 1: Orginal!
    This game is great for a group starting to get to one another. Before the Virtual Happy Hour, each person will submit a picture of an item they own that represents them to the host. The object of the game is to guess which person matches the item. When the person who matches that item has been guessed correctly that person will then share the reason the item represents them. You keep going until all items have been matched and explained.

    Option 2: Guess Who Show & Tell Competitive-style!
    Same as Option 1, except this time, split into teams. Each team will take turns guessing. If one team gets it wrong the next team can take a swing. Keep going until one team gets the correct answer. Once the item is matched to the person, the person explains how their item represents them. keep going until all items have been matched and explained. The team at the end of the game with the most points wins! Teams will get 1 point for each correct guess, or change it up and the winning team gets an extra vacation day!

    Option 3: Guess Who Show & Tell Beverage-style!
    Same as option 1, except this time, we are drinking. For every wrong answer, a guesser gives they have to take a drink. If a guesser guesses the correct person that matches the item on their 1st try then the person who the item belongs to has to take a drink. You keep going until all items have been matched, explained, and cups are empty!

    May 10, 2020 at 2:24 am

    The game is called “Poker Face Challenge!”

    You and your team will be given a packet of jelly beans. Some of these jelly beans will be normal flavors such as fruit flavors, and others will be yucky ones such as “smelly socks, dirt, and grass.” (Yes those are real flavors of jelly beans!) The moderator / team leader will spin a wheel of colors, and whatever color it lands on, the rest of the team will need to take that corresponding jelly bean — not knowing if it tastes yummy or yucky. The main goal of this game is to try to keep a poker face for the rest of your team, so sorry to those who get smelly socks! Try your best to keep a straight face!
    This is sure to be a fun game to bring your coworkers together.

  86. Rachel
    May 11, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Have everyone bring 10-15 photos, either printed or cut out from magazines. They can be images of anything/anyone, as long as it is office appropriate. Break everyone up into groups (2-3 or more, depending on how many people are participating, and then have someone select a movie or tv show, or even an artist or work of art. The teams then have to use the images they have to create the best depiction they can of the chosen tv show or movie, or whatever the selected topic is.

    Or, each team could create something original and the most creative or craziest image wins.

  87. Rak
    May 11, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    The Alphabet Challenge

    While on the call, each person has to continue a sentence in the order of the alphabet.

    For example, if one person says “Amazon is a very successful company,” the next person has to respond by starting a sentence with a word that begins with B: “Brilliant observation of you, that was.” (Okay, Yoda.) Then the next person to speak has to follow that sequence. Any time someone messes up, he/she gets eliminated.

    The game keeps going until there’s only one person left standing.

  88. Jessica L
    May 11, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    “What’s on Your Desk?” game (adapted from “What’s in Your Purse?”): The organizer sets up a list of common and not-so-common items team members may keep on their desks (everything from “mug of cold coffee,” to “scissors,” to “lego people”). The list will be private to the organizer, who reads each item aloud and the participant will need to hold up their item to prove it’s there. A tally will be kept for bragging rights and everyone will get to know their co-workers a little better. After all, you can tell a lot about a person by how their desk looks! (Mine is full of Pop figures and vitamin supplements…)

  89. Paige Butz
    May 11, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Sculpted Gods & Goddesses:

    This game is an art challenge! Each person is given 1 minutes to go and collect random items around the room they are in. They are then given 2 minutes to create an art piece from their items to make a sculpture. Tape should be on hand to assemble.

    Then the team members go around and guess what each person created! The winner will be dubbed the Team’s Sculpted God or Goddess!

  90. Elizabeth Fisher
    May 12, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    “What would you be” Game:

    Ask questions like “What kind of tree would you be and why?”, “If you could be a mode of transportation, what would you be?”, “What aquatic animal would you be and why?”, etc. Anything interesting, quirky, or ordinary can become a what would you be question!

    Each team member answers the question! It is a fun way to get to know more things about your team members and a great way to engage everyone.

  91. Gaby M
    May 13, 2020 at 12:59 am

    One of my favorite activities to do is do a sort of “Minute-to Win It” activity. This would be hilarious for virtual gatherings.

    I’m renaming this activity “Scavenging Scramble.”

    The participants are divided up into groups of 4. (The group sizes can differ, but 4 is a solid number).

    In each team, one person is designated to be the Record Keeper! They must collect evidence of all the completed tasks to then submit to the scorekeepers.

    Each team is given a period of 30 minutes. They are provided a packet. In this packet contains a few sections:

    1. Puzzles – Links to puzzles that can be completed and sent to the Record Keeper. (10 points for each puzzle completed)
    2. Scavenger Hunt – List of incredibly random items participants may or may not have around their home. (3 points for each item found)
    3. Funny Photos – A list of 4 oddly named inventions for participants to try to “create” from household items, drawings, or other out-the-box ideas. (scale of points based on creativity determined by judges – min of 5 points, max of 30 points)

    By correctly completing the tasks in the above sections, teams are allotted points. The team with the largest number of points wins!

  92. Rodd M. Hinson
    May 13, 2020 at 2:18 am

    Two Lies and 1 Truth
    Here players are asked to think of three statement about themselves; two of the statements are lies and one statement is the truth. Players takes a turn guessing the other player’s lies and one guessing the other player’s truth. Players are encourage to come up with lies that are creatively and can be truthful but hasn’t happen to them.

  93. Faith
    May 28, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    “Employee Mafia”. In a group of employees there’s one boss that infects random employees with laziness so strong they can’t work. Find the boss before more than half of the employees are bedridden with laziness. The mafia is picked randomly. The game could possibly operate using text message from an anonymous number. Every round you vote on who you think the mafia is and the person with the most votes is out. If the boss is voted out employees win. If not, everyone closes their eyes while the mafia Boss infects a random employee via text message and when everyone opens their eyes the person who is pretending to sleep has been infected and can no longer work. And the cycle continues.

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