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Tease your brain at Tucson trivia nights

Tease your brain at Tucson trivia nights

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.”

Erick Sowle, left, and Elyse Abbott celebrate a correct answer at Trident Grill. Generally, it’s free to play trivia, but you have to buy your own food and drinks.

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 

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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