In what state can you find the Russell Cave National Monument and the Little River Canyon National Preserve?
A Moscow Mule is a mix of vodka, ginger beer and what fruit juice?
Who sings the iconic song “We Got The Beat?”
We’ll get to the answers later, but if those questions intrigue you in the slightest, you might want to consider spending a summer evening or two attending trivia night at a local bar.
Many Tucson bars and eateries are home to weekly trivia nights, most of which are hosted by the national Geeks Who Drink organization. During trivia nights, or “pub quizzes” as Geeks Who Drink call them, you’ll run into questions like the ones above, in addition to queries on pop culture, history and literally anything and everything in between.
During a Geeks Who Drink trivia night last week, for example, one round was centered around “stuff you might see at the Renaissance Festival.”
Plus, every Geeks Who Drink trivia night is different. They say that questions aren’t repeated for at least a full two years. That’s a lot of trivia to go through.
If you happen to attend a Geeks Who Drink trivia night, one round will also include a number of song clips blasted through the speakers. Guess the song title correctly and get points. There are speed rounds and visual rounds, too, equating to about 70 questions throughout the night. It’s so much more than just a boring question-and-answer game in a noisy bar.
All in all, trivia nights make for an entertaining two hours of light-hearted fun. Plus, drinks and food (depending where you’re at) are basically at your beck and call.
You don’t normally need to sign up in advance to play, but it’s probably a good idea to call the bar or restaurant ahead of time or show up early, especially if you’re playing in a group — and let’s be honest, it’s not as fun to go alone.
And even better: it’s free to play, though it’s not free to eat or drink. Prizes are also given out to the best trivia masters, but really, it’s all about the bragging rights.
And even if you absolutely suck at trivia — or if you’re just not a “quizzard” as Geeks Who Drink say — it’s still fun to go out, have a drink, and people-watch. At a recent trivia game, there were countless people hilariously mouthing curse words when they were stumped on an answer. More genteel, older gentlemen scratched their beards or wrinkled their eyebrows when they didn’t have an immediate answer to jot down.
The night is even more fun when the moderator collects everyone’s trivia sheets and reveals the correct answers. So many energetic high-fives and ear-to-ear grins. And the occasional playful fist to the table when a team didn’t do as well as they had hoped.
Oh, and the answers to the questions? Alabama, lime and The Go-Go’s.
Tucson Trivia Spots
Public Brewhouse — 209 N. Hoff Ave.
Public Brewhouse, a hidden craft brewery located behind Ermanos on North Fourth Avenue (with access on Hoff Avenue), has trivia every Monday at 8 p.m.
Trident Grill III — 250 S. Craycroft Road
Trident III, located in the old Tilted Kilt location on South Craycroft Road, holds trivia on Mondays at 7 p.m.
Sky Bar — 536 N. Fourth Ave.
Sky Bar on North Fourth holds one of Tucson's more challenging trivia nights on Mondays at 7 p.m.
Frog and Firkin — 874 E. University Blvd
You can find trivia every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at this long-standing University Boulevard hangout.
Hotel Congress — 311 E. Congress
Go up against the crowds downtown at Hotel Congress trivia, Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Sentinel Peak Brewing Company — 4746 E. Grant Road
If you are midtown, Sentinel Peak on East Grant Road can satisfy your trivia needs, Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Casa Film Bar — 2913 E. Speedway
This craft beer joint, a spinoff of the video rental shop, Casa Video, has movie-themed trivia on the last Tuesday of every month, starting at 7 p.m.
Arizona Beer House — 150 S. Kolb Road
East-side trivia fanatics have a home at Arizona Beer House, which hosts a trivia night every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Gentle Ben's Brewing Company — 865 E. University Blvd
Find trivia on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at Gentle Ben's, within walking distance of the University of Arizona.
Playground Bar & Lounge — 278 E. Congress
Downtown's recently renovated Playground Bar & Lounge holds trivia games every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Trident Grill — 2033 E. Speedway
The original Trident holds a trivia night every Wednesday starting at 8 p.m.
Zpizza Tap Room — 11165 N. La Cañada Drive
Oro Valley residents can stay in town and play trivia at Zpizza Tap Room, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Canyon's Crown Restaurant & Pub — 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road
Test your general trivia knowledge at Canyon's Crown Restaurant every Thursday at 8 p.m.