Everyone has a friend (or two) who knows the artist and name of every song, the name of obscure historical figures and why they’re important, who was in which movie, and which sports team won a divisional championship in 1974. Sure, these know-it-all friends can sometimes be annoying, but when you’re building a team for trivia night, they’re pure gold.
In case you’ve missed it, bar trivia is most definitely a thing. On the local scene, you can find a trivia night-usually multiple options-almost every night of the week. Popular trivia spots tend to get packed, and the people who come to play aren’t messing around. Get there early to grab a prime seat and order a drink before the game begins. Many of the games have some type of audio or visual questions, so sitting near a speaker or a screen is important. Choose a smaller table so your team can huddle without other teams hearing-intentionally or accidentally. And be prepared to stay for two to three hours. Sometimes games run long, and your team will not be happy if you leave early and cost them the win.
Pick Your Game
There are several main types of trivia that bars and restaurants use: Geeks Who Drink, This is a Clue, Think Tank(ed) Trivia and the less widespread Triviality. Generally, they’re all similar in the types of questions asked and the range of knowledge necessary to win. All include sports, pop culture, history or even wordplay. They each have their nuances, and after you’ve played at different venues, you’ll usually find a favorite style and location. In the meantime, here’s an over simplification of the respective styles:
Geeks Who Drink
This six-player trivia format has eight rounds of eight questions. Two rounds are audio. One is visual, and the other seven rounds are read aloud. A game can last anywhere from two to three hours.
This is a Clue
This is a Clue allows up to eight players on a team and consists of three rounds, plus one Facebook and Twitter bonus question to help with team ranking. Sometimes the answer to the themed question is related, which is helpful when you’re stumped and need to make an educated guess. Games typically last two to three hours.
These teams can have up to eight players. Think Tank(ed) runs through three verbal rounds, as well as one handout puzzle round. Games usually last one to two hours.
Triviality offers a live gameshow experience with eight rounds and a final question. Team size is unlimited, with up to 22 teams per night. Each round lasts 10-15 minutes. Prizes are offered for first, second and third place finishes.
Build a Winning Team
As noted, teams usually range from five to eight players, depending on the format. Of course, if you’re absolutely (over) confident in your know-it-all skills, you’re always allowed to play as a one-person team.
The key to picking players who are going to help you win is variety. Don’t discount your friend who lives for the Kardashians or does nothing but watch ESPN. The winning strategy is collective knowledge that encompasses all topics. You never know when your Kardashian-loving friend could win you the game in a pop culture round.
Where To Play
You can find trivia night almost every night of the week around Colorado Springs, and usually a good accompanying drink special. Grab your favorite know-it-alls and make your way around town to test your knowledge and hopefully win enough to cover your bar tab.
Here’s a list of trivia night locations with times as listed in March 2018. It’s always a good idea to confirm times directly with the restaurant or bar. Know of another? Let us know, and we’ll add it to the list.
Jack Quinn’s Irish Alehouse & Pub (Geeks Who Drink) – 8 p.m.
503W (Think Tank(ed) Trivia) – 7 p.m.
Atomic Cowboy (Geeks Who Drink) – 7 p.m.
Cleats Bar & Grill East (Geeks Who Drink) – 7:30 p.m.
Cleats Bar & Grill West (Geeks Who Drink) – 8 p.m.
Gold Camp Brewing Company (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m
Good Company Bar (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Iron Bird Brewing Co. (Triviality) – 7 p.m.
Old Chicago Cheyenne Mountain (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Old Chicago Austin Bluffs (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Old Chicago Woodmen (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Old Chicago World Arena (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Peaks N Pines Brewing Company (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Thunder & Buttons II (Geeks Who Drink) – 8 p.m.
Tony’s (Geeks Who Drink) – 8 p.m.
Trails End Taproom (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Whistle Pig (Geeks Who Drink) – 7 p.m.
503 W (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Back East Bar and Grill, East (This is a Clue) – 6:30 p.m.
Back East Bar and Grill, Monument (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Brass Brewing Co. (Triviality) – 7 p.m.
Cogstone Brewing Company (Geeks Who Drink) – 7 p.m.
FH Beerworks East (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Goat Patch Brewing Company (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Mother Muff’s (Geeks Who Drink) – 8 p.m.
Old Chicago New Center Point (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Old Chicago Powers (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
Pub Dog (Geeks Who Drink) – 6:30 p.m.
Brewer’s Republic (Think Tank(ed) Trivia) – 8 p.m.
Happy Belly Tacos (Geeks Who Drink) – 7 p.m.
Hatch Cover (This is a Clue) – 8:30 p.m.
JAKs Brewing Company (This is a Clue) – 6 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan (Geeks Who Drink) – 8 p.m.
The Block Bar and Grill (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
The Brass Tap (This is a Clue) – 7 p.m.
The Public House (Geeks Who Drink) – 7 p.m.
1350 Distilling (This is a Clue) – 6:30 p.m.
The Ute and Yeti (Geeks Who Drink) – 8 p.m.
Brewer’s Republic (Geeks Who Drink) – 7 p.m.
Mother Muff’s (Geeks Who Drink) – 7 p.m.