21st Birthday Ideas for Guys (Who Drink & Don’t Drink)

21st Birthday Ideas for Guys

Now that you’re a 21 year old guy, you have more freedom than ever. Don’t know what to do? These 21st birthday ideas for guys are great ways to have fun!

Whether you want to drink or not, these birthday ideas will give you inspiration to do whatever it is you’re into on your 21st. Maybe you want to hang out with just family or a mix of friends and family. Either way, you’ll find something fun to do from this list.

Let’s get started…

21st Birthday Ideas for Guys Who Drink

Here are a few ideas for guys who are down to party and are all for the alcohol. After all, it is your first time drinking of course?.

Night at the Bar

Saw that one coming! There’s no doubt that a night at the bar will be a super fun experience.

Knowing that you can pull out your ID and order anything you want from the bartender is a pretty cool feeling. Plus, you can take any adult with you now without any worry (unless they’re still babies under 21.

Whether you go with family or friends, you’re guaranteed to have a fun “first experience” drinking out. Especially if you’d rather have a chill environment compared to a nightclub.

Drinking Games With Friends

Don’t want to go out but still want to drink? Invite your friends over and play some drinking games that are not only fun, but keep getting more and more fun as you drink.

Here are a few drinking games to play at home:

  • Beer Pong
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Drunk Pictionary
  • Take A Shot Every Time Someone…
  • Flip Cup

There are so many more drinking games that you can play. Plus, a lot of them are customizable. For example, you can pick your favorite movie and every time someone says any common quote, you take a shot.


Yeah, you can gamble now! Give the casino a try, play games to win, order drinks, and enjoy the day.

This is especially fun if you go on a trip to a place like Las Vegas with friends or family and can indulge in the casino for more than one day.

Now don’t go spending all your money. Your finances come first so don’t risk money you don’t even have if you know what I mean.

Kill time, win money, stay safe, and have fun!

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Strip Club

There’s not much to say about this one. We all know what it is, what you can do there, and why it’s fun.

Just make sure that if you go, you’re being responsible and safe when you make decisions there. With that being said, it’s definitely a cool experience that every guy should try at least once in their life.

Just to say that you did it.

Night Club

Like to dance? A night club is an awesome way to really celebrate your 21st birthday as a guy.

Bring friends, dance to loud music, pregame or buy drinks, meet new people, and overall enjoy your birthday!

Who knows, you might even go home with a birthday present if you know what I mean.

In all seriousness though, the club is probably one of the best 21st birthday ideas for guys who drink and are looking to have a good time.

Pool Party

If you or your friends have a pool, throw a pool party!

You don’t even need your own pool to do this. There are apps out there like Swimply, that allow you to rent out someone’s pool for the day and have parties. Like AirBnb for pools!

Have a barbecue, drink, mess around with friends, play pool games, and enjoy the weather. This is especially fun if your birthday falls around summer time, where the weather is warm enough to go swimming.

If you have a beach near you, this can be a good alternative option as well.

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21st Birthday Ideas for Guys Who Don’t Drink

Not a crazy partier? No problem. Here are a few things you can do on your 21st birthday that don’t require drinking or going out at night…

Road Trip

Now that you can literally go wherever you want whenever you want, take a road trip or flight to a place nearby!

Go somewhere to see snow, hike, enjoy beautiful scenery, relax, or simply enjoy time with people you care about.

By the way, you can legally rent a car for road trips now. Pretty cool right?

You can even get creative with this by writing a bunch of places down and then pulling one out of a hat. Whatever you pick is the place you go!

Airsofting / Paintball

Want the thrill of real life military simulation? Take your friends or make a team at a nearby airsofting or paintball arena. 

Airsofting uses smaller plastic bb’s shot out of replicas of real guns, feeling like you’re actually in combat. Basically Call of Duty in real life.

Paintball uses larger, colorful balls filled with paint that pop on impact. This is equally as fun and adds a little bit of excitement with different styles of guns and colorful pops of color.

You’ll be sure to have a unique time at an arena near you no matter which one you choose to play. Most places have both in one spot if you want to try them on the same day.

Kayaking / Rafting

Paddling through water on a beautiful day is one of the most relaxing, yet super fun things to do on your 21st birthday.

Go alone and you’ll have an incredible time. Go with friends and you’ll have just as much fun. Plus, you can race them in the water!

If you’re into a more fast-paced experience, consider going white-water rafting. You sit in an inflatable raft while going through a river with a fast current!

These activities are awesome to do with close friends because you can sit in the raft with them and go down the river together.

Check online if there are any kayaking/rafting places near your home. Even if they’re a bit far, it’s worth the drive, trust me.

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Sports Game

Have a favorite sports team? Go see them live the next time they have a game!

Go with friends, family, or even by yourself. Either way, you’ll have a blast.

If you go to sports games often already, ask your friends and family to pitch in for better seats. This way you can still enjoy the sports you already know and love while having an up front experience that makes you feel like it’s your birthday.

If you’re not into sports, maybe you’re into something else…


Similar to a sports game, a concert is a great way to see someone you’re a fan of at a live show.

If you have a favorite comedian, artist, producer, performance group, or anyone else you can think of, find tickets to celebrate your 21st birthday the right way.

If you live in the US, there’s a very high chance that someone you want to see live is coming to your general area sometime soon.

You can even go to cheaper concerts for someone you’ve never heard of before. Who knows, you might find your new favorite artist.

Game Time

Video games, monopoly tournaments, outdoor games, you name it!

Now’s the perfect excuse to feel like a kid again and reminisce on the good old days. Convince your friends to get back on for another night of video games.

Challenge your family to a board game tournament and tally up points to find the best board game player in the house.

Have a tackle football game with the boys at the local park.

No matter what you choose, there’s no doubt that playing games will always make a guy happy and you know it.

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There you have it! 12 different 21st birthday ideas for guys that are actually fun and practical. I hope these ideas give you something unique to do on your birthday.

It’s not always easy finding something to do as a guy when you just want to have a good time on your birthday. I’ve been there before and it sucks. So hopefully you found some inspiration.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions leave them down below. Thanks for reading!

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