Here is a natural English sentence: “Last night I went out for a drink with some friends.” The main point is spending time with friends, we had a drink together.
We don’t say “Last night I went drinking with my friends.” It sounds too serious. The main point here sounds like drinking, your main mission is to drink alcohol! 危ない！
"I went out with some coworkers for a few drinks last night.
We had a great time!"