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Do you like drinking heavily and becoming so competitive that you make your friends (and strangers) uncomfortable? Do you have a lot of specific and arcane knowledge floating around your head? Does the idea of winning light beer branded swag excite you? Then you have no choice but to get yourself over to the closest bar for some trivia (or a pub quiz if you’re in an Irish joint)!

Any of the below should suit you just fine, but remember, we live in a city full of nerds. The competition is sure to be fierce, but the prizes just might make everything worth it.



Church Hall – 7:00 p.m., Brought to you by the folks behind Franklin Hall, this Georgetown beer bar has a lot in common with its 14th Street sibling. It’s packed with long tables and an equally as long beer list. If your team can rally, you might just walk away with $5,000 in cash.

Fado Irish Pub – 7:00 p.m., Hosted by the folks behind Geeks Who Drink, this is the perfect place to get your Irish pub fix.

Franklin Hall – 7:00 p.m., Franklin Hall is one of your best bets if you’re looking for good beer, a central-ish location and a lot of space. The bar has huge group tables that allow you to get closer to your enemies…

Madhatter – 7:00 p.m., If you’re looking to class up your weekly trivia night, enjoy the surprising combo of lobster specials and trivia at Madhatter! $15 whole Maine lobsters and 1/2 price bottles of wine should make for a fancy as hell trivia party.

Wunder Garten – 7:00 p.m., Your favorite year round outdoor beer garden has officially gotten into the trivia game. Hit up one of the local food trucks, grab yourself a craft beer and get ready to yell at strangers.

Breadsoda – 7:30 p.m., Trivia and chili dogs are the perfect combination. $4-$5 DC Brau drafts don’t hurt either.

The Pub & The People – 7:30 p.m., This killer local bar is a great spot if you’re looking to get competitive with your neighbors.

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle – 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Grab your six closest friends and get ready for a night of hard questions and food specials. If you really like to go hard, you can even qualify for the World Series of Trivia and get the chance to with $1,000 in cash and prizes.

The Wonderland Ballroom – 7:30 to 11:00 p.m., Monday Night Trivia Fight is no laughing matter. If you want a serious competition then head over here. First place wins $100 off your team’s bar tab, second place wins gets $15 off their bar tab, and third gets $10 off. Using your mind to win free booze is the best kind of award.

Agua 301 – 8:00 p.m., Head on over to the Navy Yard and fill your body with mezcal and guacamole, the most important of brain food.

Bier Baron – 8:00 p.m., Your favorite grungy Dupont basement bar is the perfect spot to kick back and show off your intellectual prowess.

Lost & Found – 8:00 p.m., Enjoy your trivia with a side of delicious cocktails and beer.

Radiator – 8:00 p.m., The nice thing about Radiator is that if trivia gets too rowdy, you can always book a room at the Mason & Rook Hotel and sleep away your hangover.

Tonic – 8:30 p.m., Grab a group of 2-8 friends (depending on how popular your are) for some general trivia. Trivia specials include $3 Miller High Life’s, $4 tater tots, $6 beer cheese nachos, and $.75 wings. Plus, if you like their Facebook page, you’ll get a hint about that night’s trivia. Food and drink specials start at 7:30 p.m.



Moreland’s Tavern – 7:00 p.m., Grab a bite to eat, a pint of beer and settle in for a good old fashioned trivia night. If you want something low key and a little more neighborhood-y, this is the spot for you.

City Winery – 7:30 p.m., Swing by Ivy City for a wine spiked trivia night at City Winery! Grab some beautiful food, drink some beautiful wine and show everyone how smart your are.

Saint-Ex – 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., There are so many good things about this trivia night. 1. Happy hour is extended until 8 p.m. 2. Winning team gets $50 off their bar tab and 3. Second place gets $25 off. Start drinking.

Penn Social – 7:00 p.m., If you’re looking for a rowdy and packed trivia spot, this is the place. Penn Social averages around 75 players and trivia often takes up the entire main floor. Sneak downstairs to the arcade games to blow off some steam between rounds.

Slash Run – 7:00 p.m., Tacos and trivia are the perfect combination. Sure, Slash Run is known for its burgers, but take a chance of their delicious tacos and $6 margaritas while you show off your smarts.

Crimson Whiskey Bar – 7:00 p.m., Whiskey definitely makes you smarter, right?

Ri Ra Georgetown – 7:30 p.m., Get rowdy with an Irish trivia at Ri Ra, but not too rowdy, or you’ll spend all your money at the nearby Apple Store.

The Queen Vic – 7:30 p.m., Every week (starting September 10 and ending December 3) the entire second floor is cleared out and taken over by Queen Vic’s intense pub quiz. The quiz lasts 12 weeks and the cumulative scores are posted on Facebook. Weekly prizes are Queen Vic gift cards, but as soon as a team reaches 50 points they can start winning special loyalty prizes. In the past, prizes have ranged from two round trip tickets to Dublin or London, a BeerTender with three kegs, and Newcastle / Jameson swag bags. Oh, and runners up get delicious Jameson shots.

Maddy’s Tap Room – 7:30 p.m., Located right down town where all you losers probably work (I mean… same), Maddy’s is a good place to stop if you’re looking to challenge your coworkers to some trivia. Just don’t do something that would get you fired.

Froggy Bottom Pub – 7:30 p.m., Mix up your trivia night eats with some delicious Vietnamese food. Just don’t over eat, you don’t want to fall asleep in the middle of a round.

Nanny O’Briens – 7:30 p.m., Nanny O’Briens uses Trivia King, which electronically archives your team’s scores, not only for that night, but for the entire trivia season. Make sure to show up early, Nanny O’Briens boasts a large regular crowd.

Boundary Stone – 7:30 p.m., One of our favorite bars in Bloomingdale, Boundary Stone is a great place to go in general, but they’re also here to satisfy all of your trivia needs. Order a burger, some fried pickle chips and get to work.

Lou’s City Bar – 8:00 p.m., If you find yourself in Columbia Heights and feel like showing off, head on over to Lou’s. Show up early to secure your spot and a grab burger from the menu.

Hawk ‘n Dive – 8:00 p.m., Check out this old school D.C. bar if you’re looking for a laid back trivia extravaganza.

The Big Board – 8:00 p.m., If you’re scientifically minded (or think you are after a couple shots of rail whiskey) head on over to The Big Board for a night of old school science challenges. Expect middle school-esque science competitions, classic trivia and tacos, but mostly expect the unexpected.

Kingfisher – 8:00 p.m., If you’re looking for a relatively chill place to hang out on 14th, Kingfisher is the way to go. Eat all the popcorn, drink all the drinks and settle in for some geeky trivia.

Exiles – 8:00 p.m., The real draw here is the possibility of winning free beer for a year, but you can also fill yourself with delicious BBQ during the game, which is always enough to get us through the door.

Kitty O’Shea’s – 8:00 p.m., Kitty O’Shea’s uses Trivia Kings, which electronically archives your team’s scores, not only for that night, but for the entire trivia season. Also, get the curry fries. They’re awesome.

Trusty’s – 8:00 p.m., Trusty’s uses Trivia Kings, which electronically archives your team’s scores, not only for that night, but for the entire trivia season. If you want to get extra competitive, grab a board game to play between trivia rounds. That will really show them who’s boss.

Dew Drop Inn – 8:00 p.m., If you want to break away from the usual rote trivia questions, come on over to Dew Drop. Their six hosts write all of their own questions and rotate every week, bringing their own particular interests and personality to the table. Prizes include a round of PBRs for the best team name, a $25 gift card for second place and a $50 gift card for first place! Just be sure to get their early, happy hour ends right before trivia starts.


Capitol Lounge – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Hosted by the Trivia Guys, this is way kookier than your average trivia night.

Irish Channel Chinatown – 7:00 p.m., A mixture of Irish charm and southern hospitality, Irish Channel is your best bet for trivia if you find yourself stuck in Chinatown.

Smoke & Barrel – 7:00 p.m., Fill yourself with bourbon and grit cakes and let the trivia begin.

Wunder Garten – 7:00 p.m., Your favorite year round outdoor beer garden has officially gotten into the trivia game. Hit up one of the local food trucks, grab yourself a craft beer and get ready to yell at strangers.

Crown & Crow – 7:30 p.m., Save your money and bring your own food to Crown & Crow’s trivia! Demolish your competitors while you wolf down a homemade meal. Victory is delicious.

Tenley Bar & Grill – 7:30 p.m., Travel on up to the barren wasteland that is Tenleytown (I’m kidding, I promise) for some nice and nerdy trivia.

Lucky Bar – 7:30 p.m., Munch on a half price cheeseburger (including turkey or veggie) while playing trivia.

The Berliner – 7:30 p.m., German beers and bratwurst are sure to make your mind faster and smarter.

The Coupe – 8:00 p.m., If you don’t get The Coupe fries, you’ve messed up!

The Pinch – 8:00 p.m., Swing by one of your favorite local venues to rock out to some music and show off how smart you are.

Finn McCool’s – 8:00 p.m., Supercharge your mind with some Irish booze. It will definitely make you smarter.

Homestead – 8:00 p.m., Another locals bar, Homestead’s food and booze is absolutely delicious. If their trivia is even half as good, you’re in for a great night.

Provision No. 14 – 8:00 p.m., Come over to this huge multistory bar for what is sure to be a rowdy trivia night. Get a couple craft cocktails, get in fights with strangers about random facts and call it a night.

The Big Stick – 8:00 p.m., Grab yourself a specialty sausage and settle in for a night of trivia. You might even win free beer for an entire year.

Nellie’s – 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Nellie’s Smart Ass Trivia includes two rounds with different themes. Not only can you win money off of your bar tab, but you can also win tickets to local events. It’s definitely one of the more fun trivia nights in D.C.

Solly’s U Street Tavern – 8:00 p.m., Trivia is every first and third Wednesday of the month. Each week benefits a different charity, which means you can feel good about getting disgustingly drunk.

Stoney’s – 8:00 p.m., Show up early for happy hour from 3-7 p.m., which features $3 Stoney’s Amber, $4 rail cocktails, $5 grilled cheese and fries, and much more. First place wins a $50 gift card, second place wins a $25 gift card, and third place wins a bottle of wine or they can pick the theme for the next week. The fourth pace team gets whatever third place didn’t pick.

Wisdom – 8:30 p.m., If you love gin and making people you don’t know feel stupid, this is your spot.


Willies Brew & Que – 7:00 p.m. – Soak up up those water views (I do not know if Willies has water views, but let’s assume) and dive head first into some trivia and BBQ.

Roofers Union – 7:30 p.m., If you want nothing more than to enjoy some good beer and delicious snacks while you play Trivia, Roofers is the place to be. Order their brat. Just take our word for it.

The Fainting Goat – 8:00 p.m., One of the most centrally located trivia nights (steps from the U Street Metro), you have no excuse to miss out on trivia night! Down a dark and stormy and get to work.

Casolare – 8:00 p.m., Fill up on killer seafood and get ready to sweep the deck at this Geeks Who Drink trivia night.

Iron Horse Tap Room – 8:00 p.m., Come on over to this Chinatown bar for A+ trivia. They’re also one of the few trivia spots that allow you to bring your own food. Pack a dinner! Order pizza! Sky’s the limit.

Arcuri – 8:00 p.m., Kick off thirsty Thursday the right way with a beer in your hand, a bowl of pasta in front of you and a super hard trivia question on your mind.

Capitol Cider House – 8:00 p.m., Invite all your gluten free friends out for trivia and cider at the Capitol Cider House!

The Big Board – 9:00 p.m., If you love beer, you’re in good hands at The Big Board’s New Belgium trivia night. On top of fun themes, picture rounds and music rounds, there’s also $18 New Belgium pitcher specials.


Bar Elena – 7:00 p.m., Start off your night with skeeball and transition into some good trivia. Need to destress between rounds? Hit up that pinball machine.

DC Reynolds – 7:00 p.m., Even if you don’t win a prize, DC Reynolds promises that you’ll win the admiration of your peers. At the very least, you’ll probably go home drunk

Free State – 7:00 p.m., Drop into this underground Mid-Atlantic themed bar for an Orange Crush and a bevy of trivia questions.

City Tap House – 7:30 p.m., The Dupont location has a gorgeous patio and some very solid food, so we recommend you stop by early to spend a little time noshing and drinking outside. That will give you the strength you need to destroy your trivia opponents.