DC Trivia Night Guide
kaylee | Aug 28, 2017 | 9:00AM |

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.

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MONDAY (1)

  • Franklin Hall – 7:00 p.m., A brand new edition to the list, Franklin Hall has huge group tables that allow you to get closer to your enemies… and also ensure you won’t need a reservation.
  • Madhatter – 7:00 p.m., Madhatter uses Trivia King, which electronically archives your team’s scores, not only for that night, but for the entire trivia season. Get ready to go head to head with a group of competitive regulars.
  • Bier Baron – 7:30 p.m., Bier Baron has trivia on both Monday and Wednesday, so make your way over to show off your skills and fight for the chance to win $5000. Damn that’s a lot of money.
  • Chatter – 7:30 p.m., Remember Chads? Or Chadwicks as the sign always used to say? They’ve re-branded (or whatever) and now they’re Chatter. If you’re trying to get your Maryland friends to come out and play, this might be your best option.
  • The Wonderland Ballroom – 7:30 to 11:00pm, 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.
  • Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle – 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Flanagan’s is perfect if you like your trivia with a little strategy. They play Stump! Trivia which forces teams to wager points and compete in bonus rounds.
  • Lost & Found – 8:00 p.m., Unlike many trivia nights, Lost & Found allows you to bring your own food, so cook up something good and head on over.
  • Star and Shamrock – 8:00 p.m., Star & Shamrock uses Trivia King, which electronically archives your team’s scores, not only for that night, but for the entire trivia season. It’s perfect if you’re looking to have long lasting grudges with drunk strangers.
  • The Ugly Mug – 8:00 p.m., Swing by for some greasy pizza, plentiful beer and the chance to prove to the entire world how smart you really are.
  • Tonic – 8:30 p.m., Grab a group of 2-8 friends (depending on how popular your are) for some general trivia. First place wins a $50 tonic gift card. 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.

TUESDAY (2)

  • 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.
  • Exiles – 7:30 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.
  • HalfSmoke – 7:30 p.m., Shaw’s newest kind of casual / kind of not spot has dived headfirst into the trivia spirit. Order one of those insane milkshakes and get to work. If you don’t leave with a little booze buzz, you’ll definitely have a sugar high.
  • Lou’s City Bar – 7:30 p.m., While Acre 121 is closed up for renovations, we highly recommend you head over to Lou’s. Show up early to secure your spot and a burger from the menu.
  • 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. First place receives a $40 bar tab and second place receives a $20 bar tab. Make sure to show up earl, Nanny O’Briens boasts a large regular crowd.
  • The Queen Vic – 7:00 p.m., Every week 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.
  • Ten Tigers Parlour – 7:30 p.m., Your new favorite xiao long bao place / dance party place is also vying to be your favorite trivia place. Grab a cocktail and settle in for a night of showing off your arcane knowledge.
  • Public – 7:30 p.m., Head on over for an awesome night hosted by District Trivia.
  • Justin’s Cafe – 8:00 p.m., Justin’s is serving up some serious trivia down in the Navy Yard. Head over early because seats tend to fill up fast. Possible prizes include nightly gift cards, $1000, or free beer for a full year.
  • 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.
  • Ventnor Sports Cafe – 8:30 p.m., Hosted by SayKnowToTrivia, we recommend you show up early to grab a seat before they’re all gone.

WEDNESDAY (3)

  • 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.
  • French Quarter Brasserie – 7:00 p.m., Shaw’s trivia scene has exploded over the last year (*cough* gentrification *cough*), but if you’re still looking for a place with a heavy duty prize, look no further. French Quarter will be giving away $5000 to the lucky winning team and we’ve been dreaming all day about the beer we could buy with that money.
  • 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 let the trivia begin.
  • Bier Baron – 7:30 p.m., Bier Baron has trivia on both Monday and Wednesday, so make your way over to show off your skills and fight for the chance to win $5000. Damn that’s a lot of money.
  • St. Arnolds – 7:30 p.m., Show off your trivia skills with the folks at District Trivia while eating some delicious mussels. It’s match made in heaven.
  • The Big Stick – 8:00 p.m., Grab yourself a specialty sausage and settle in for a night of trivia.
  • James Hoban’s – 8:00 p.m., James Hoban’s uses Trivia Kings, which electronically archives your team’s scores, not only for that night, but for the entire trivia season. Let’s get competitive.
  • Lucky Bar – 8:00 p.m., Munch on a half price cheeseburger (including turkey or veggie) while playing trivia.
  • Meridian Pint – 8:00 p.m., Head over early for District Trivia and drink down some awesome craft beers while you’re at it.
  • 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.
  • Mad Fox Taproom – 8:00 p.m., Support a local brewery and play a sweet game of trivia at the exact same time. Did we mention they have a ton of meat on their food menu? Because they definitely do. Get ready to leave in a food coma and (if you’re lucky) win a $1000 in cash.
  • The Prospect – 8:00 p.m., Make your way to the upstairs at The Prospect for trivia night. Peruse their lovely cider list while you’re there. Trivia isn’t trivia without booze.
  • 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. There are five rounds as well as a half time competition for some free drinks. 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.

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THURSDAY (2)

  • Buffalo Billiards – 7:30 p.m., Head on over for the CSN Trivia Challenge and District Trivia Tournament of Champions finals. There’s a group of about 70 regulars that come by for trivia once a week, so if you’re looking for fierce competition, this is the place to be.
  • 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.
  • 10 Tavern – 7:30 p.m., One of the easiest trivia spots to get to, 10 Tavern is literally across the street from the Gallery Place metro, which means your lame friends who always complain about going places will have no more excuses.
  • 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.
  • Slash Run – 8:00 p.m. – Stick around for some classic trivia after filling yourself with delicious burgers.
  • The Big Board – 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Winners get prizes, losers get rail tequila. So I guess no matter what happens, we all win.

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SUNDAY (2)

  • 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