Game Night at D.C. Bars

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

Game Night at D.C. Bars: Sunday

Commonwealth Gastropub

1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20010

The Columbia Heights gastropub features bar trivia hosted by quizmaster Dalton Hirshorn every other Sunday starting at 6pm. Teams are capped at six people, and the winning team gets a $50 gift certificate for later use.

Game Night at D.C. Bars: Monday

The Wonderland Ballroom

1101 Kenyon St NW, Washington, DC 20010

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.

Fado Irish Pub

808 7TH St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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.

Murphy's of DC

2609 24TH St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Murphy's in Woodley Park hosts Pub Quiz weekly at 7:30pm. Teams can be two to five people and the winners get a $25 gift certificate good at a later date.

Game Night at D.C. Bars: Tuesday

The Looking Glass Lounge

3634 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

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.

Pour House

319 Pennsylvania Ave Se, Washington, DC 20003

Trivia, or Quizzo, is one of the most popular weekly events at this Capitol Hill bar. The trivia starts at 7:30pm, but consider arriving quite a bit earlier to ensure that your group gets a table.


1610 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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.

Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

1004 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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:

Ventnor Sports Cafe

2411 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Trivia starts at 8pm Tuesday nights at this Adams Morgan sports bar. Arrive early for a table and to take advantage of $12 pitchers and half price burgers available until 8:30pm. Winner gets a $75 bar tab.

Madam's Organ

2461 18TH St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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.

Game Night at D.C. Bars: Wednesday

Ireland's Four Fields

3412 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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.

Rock & Roll Hotel

1353 H St Ne, Washington, MD 20002

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.

Nellie's Sports Bar

900 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The "straight friendly" gay bar on U Street features two rounds of Smart Ass trivia on Wednesdays at 8pm and 9pm. The questions are heavy on pop culture and winning teams get money off their bar tab and other prizes.

James Hoban's Irish Restaurant

1 Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036

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.

Game Night at D.C. Bars: Thursday

The Tombs

1226 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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.