Quick: Who won the 1968 World Series? Who played James Bond after Sean Connery? Every night is Trivia Night in Austin, so if questions like these get your heart pumping, it's time to put on your answer hat and head out to your nearest trivia bar.
Fado hosts Wednesday night trivia night, and if you're new to the daunting, lightening speeds of seasoned trivia players, this Irish bar is a good place to break yourself in -- the questions aren't too hard. Fado is also famous for their annual St. Patrick's Day party, and coming from experience, I can tell you that they take wearing green very seriously.
Though the bar is always packed with a mix of old timers and newbies, there's a perpetual Cheers vibe to Ego's that makes this non-pretentious, crammed-underneath-a-parking-garage bar pretty lovable. Maybe it's because everyone is cheering on their friends at Ego's bar none karaoke, or maybe it's the sense of camaraderie one feels at Tuesday night trivia. It doesn't matter who wins or loses, because soon you'll all be drunk-singing Garth Brooks together on the stage anyway.
Billy's on Burnet hosts Wednesday night trivia for the Allandale crowd, and every night, they dish up creative, juicy burgers: My favorite is the LA Joy, topped with avocado, salsa and sprouts.
The nearly 20 year-old Ginger Man was carrying craft beers in Austin long before it was cool, so it's a natural hive for brew geeks. But it also attracts plain old regular geeks with Wednesday night trivia, and even hosts mini domino tournaments on Sundays.
Not only is 400 Rabbits beautiful (in a dark, baroque, Addams Family sort of way), not only is it attached to an Alamo Drafthouse, and not only does it serve phenomenal food, it's one of the only places in town to host Monday night trivia! Last time I went, questions were (naturally) film trivia heavy.
The atmosphere is a little chain-y, but Tuesday night trivia at Flying Saucer is top notch. Each game lasts nearly two hours, and they play two rounds, at 7:30 and 10:00 each night. Questions are tough, but if you fall behind, just comfort yourself with one of Flying Saucer's numerous brew selections.
I had long been curious about Violet Crown Social Club when it opened on that now-booming stretch of east 6th: The spacious-seeming quarters, the bright red exterior, that huge outdoor patio. It's all put to good use on Wednesday night trivia, and you won't go hungry either -- there's a pizza trailer right on site. Also appealing? Violet Crown's cheap drinks, mixed with a generous bartender hand.
A personable neighborhood bar with ping pong, pool, and trivia every Wednesday night, Gourmands feels so much more broken in and friendly for having just been open a little over a year. When the weather gets chilly, order one of their hearty soups (like Broccoli Beer Cheese) in a bread bowl.