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Some say that watching VH1's never-ending parade of decade recaps and pop-up video wastes time, but those people won't be kicking butt on game night at D.C. bars. Whether it be music history questions at the Rock and Roll Hotel's trivia night or pop culture trivia at the 'straight-friendly? gay bar Nellie's, your team's bar tab?and your reputation as a receptacle of random knowledge?is at stake. Gather your smartest friends; pick out a ridiculous name (the McChrystal Mystics? Team BPeeper?); and get ready to rock five nights of bar trivia in D.C. (Photo by Flickr user WordRidden)
Updated: July 01, 2010
This beloved neighborhood dive hosts one of the most popular trivia nights around starting at 7:30pm. Form a team (capped at five people), pick a great name (you could win a prize for it) and get ready to compete for prizes and even a paid bar tab. The 70 questions range from obscure pop culture factoids to current events. Look for drink and food specials, too.
One of the more popular bars near Gallery Place, Fado hosts Pub Quiz every Monday night at 8pm--though it's advisable to go as early as 7pm to snag a table. Questions are challenging, which makes the $50 prizes (and brag-worthy T-shirt) even more glorious.
Quizmaster Dalton Hirshorn has been hosting this weekly trivia night at this Petworth bar since 2008. Festivities start at 8pm; teams are limited to four players, and the winning team gets $60 off a bar tab (drinks only). The team with the winning name (topical and slightly offensive usually do the trick) also gets $15 off its bar tab.
Stetson's weekly Pub Quiz is a favorite among U Street locals. Teams of no more than eight players can compete for up to $50 off the bar tab. Expect eight rounds starting at 7pm, including some multimedia identification questions. Enjoy free popcorn as part of happy hour before 8pm, and players can also get $9.50 pitchers of Miller Lite.
The ornately decorated H Street bar has quiz night every Tuesday. The games start at 8pm and consist of six rounds of six questions each and the winner gets a $50 bar tab. Quiz nights are often themed--curry trivia or whiskey trivia to go with a free tasting--and are so popular that there's a separate website about trivia night: http://bit.ly/bpOQ9x
Head to the second floor of this popular Adams Morgan bar and live music spot for Tuesday trivia. Teams must consist of four to six people, and the top three winning teams get a gift certificate to the bar as well as T-shirts and other giveaways.
Pub Quiz is a weekly tradition at this Cleveland Park bar (formerly known as 4P's) at 8:30pm. The competition is a bit different here; teams have 90 minutes to fill out a long list of questions, which bar owner Frank Hughes then reviews. Three teams win and prizes include cash, booze and movie tickets.
Trivia Kings hosts InQuisitive here Wednesday nights at 7:30pm. Teams compete in 10 rounds and answer questions about rock-and-roll history and more for championship trophies, bar tabs and concert admissions. Enjoy half-price burgers and $3 rail drinks, too.
The Dupont Irish restaurant and bar holds pub quiz on Wednesday at 8:30pm. The winning team gets a $50 voucher good for a later date and can enjoy extended happy hour specials such as $3 domestic bottles and $4 domestic drafts.
Who says trivia has to be an early evening activity? This college bar near the Georgetown campus hosts its weekly trivia on Thursdays at 10:30pm (arrive by 10pm for a spot). Team size is unlimited during the summer and capped at five during the academic year; the winning team after five rounds can expect a prize from event sponsor Busch Light.