What’s lively and entertaining and might teach you a thing or two along the way? Trivia nights, of course, and Denver is home to a variety of them.
Many trivia nights in Denver are put on in conjunction with Geeks Who Drink, an entertainment company that hosts pub trivia quizzes all over the country. Each of the company’s quizzes consists of eight rounds worth eight points each, with several exceptions. A quiz master reads questions out loud, and teams write down their answers and turn them in at the end of each round.
The first, fourth and sixth rounds are themed (i.e., “TV Shows Your Parents Watch”); the second round is a music round worth double points; the third round is a multiple choice or a speed round; the fifth round is visual and based on a printed handout; the seventh round is entirely audio and usually covers movies or TV shows; and the eighth round is always on random knowledge and worth 16 points. One round can also be “jokered,” meaning points are doubled, and the 16-point rounds aren’t exceptions to this.
Participants can play by themselves or in teams of up to six people, and winning teams get bar cash or other prizes depending on the venue. Trivia topics include everything from bobbleheads to sports law to obscure movie villains who sing.
Geeks Who Drink also holds special themed quiz nights centering around pop culture sensations like “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “Game of Thrones” and “Stranger Things.” (Registration is required for these events; check the schedule at geekswhodrink.com/feature/localthemes.) The next special themed quiz night in Colorado will be a “Lord of the Rings” trivia night at Gunbarrel Brewing Company, located at 7088 Winchester Circle in Boulder.
Additionally, Geeks Who Drink doesn’t repeat questions for at least two years, and even then, “the odds of encountering a repeat are as likely as a manned expedition to Mars discovering the Loch Ness monster there,” according to the company’s website. (Those are 909,000/1 odds, “if you want to put money on it.”)
We’ve compiled a list of 10 weekly trivia nights, all free to participate, but many pubs and other venues still schedule occasional trivia nights. See Geeks Who Drink’s Colorado schedule at geekswhodrink.com/schedule/CO for a complete line-up of the company’s events, or check with your favorite pub or bar to see if they have any upcoming trivia nights.
Now grab a drink, gather your friends and put your most random and otherwise useless knowledge to the test.
Name: Smart Mouth Trivia at Wild Corgi Pub
Address: 1233 E. 12th Ave., Denver
Dates: Tuesdays until Oct. 9
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Trivia nights at Wild Corgi Pub are done in conjunction with entertainment service company Smart Mouth Trivia.
“Oh it is ON, folks,” the events’ Facebook page reads. “We bring the trivia. You bring the team.”
Name: Geeks Who Drink at Zeppelin Station
Address: 3501 Wazee St., Denver
Dates: Tuesdays until Oct. 1
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Hosted by the bar Big Trouble located on the mezzanine of food and shopping center Zeppelin Station, winners of these trivia nights take home “gift cards and bragging rights,” according to the event’s Facebook page.
Big Trouble is a “dark, moody and all kinds of fun” bar vaguely inspired by the drinking cultures and luxury of east Asia, according to its website.
Name: Geeks Who Drink Trivia hosted by The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project
Address: 925 W. 8th Ave., Denver
Dates: Tuesdays until May 5, 2020
Time: 7-9 p.m.
First place winners of these trivia nights take home a $15 Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project gift certificates, while second, third and fourth places get $10 gift certificates.
The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project “thoughtfully sources spices and herbs for flavors inspired by cuisines the world over,” according to its website, brewing beer with ingredients like Mexican chocolate, Thai basil and Moroccan medjool dates.
Name: Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night hosted by Seedstock Brewery
Address: 3610 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
Dates: Tuesdays until Dec. 31
Times: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
This trivia night “keeps the jokes sharp, the playlist popping and the hilarious debauchery coming at your for eight straight rounds of brain-busting glory,” according to the event’s Facebook page. Hosted by Seedstock Brewery, participants compete for prizes like free beer and gift cards.
Name: Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz hosted by Rackhouse Pub and Bierstadt Lagerhaus
Address: 2875 Blake St., Denver
Dates: Tuesdays until Nov. 5
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Rackhouse Pub, the tasting room for alcohol brands Bierstadt Lager and C Squared Ciders, hosts this weekly trivia night. Enjoy food and drinks while in the middle of Rackhouse Pub’s 21,000-square-foot production facility, which provides “a unique dining experience where you feel like a part of the production process,” according to its website.
Name: Beer & Brains Trivia Night hosted by Zuni Street Brewing Company
Address: 2355 W. 29th Ave., Denver
Dates: Tuesdays until Jan. 7, 2020
Time: 7-9 p.m.
The top three teams at this trivia night win gift certificates to the taproom, with free pint flash rounds also occurring sporadically. The event’s Facebook page notes participants should arrive early to ensure they get a seat.
Name: Team Trivia hosted by Little Machine Beer
Address: 2924 W. 20th Ave., Denver
Dates: Thursdays until Dec. 26
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Little Machine Beer calls for participants of these trivia nights to “dust off (their) thinking caps, rally (their) friends, and try (their) best to beat the other teams at knowing random facts.” The brewery, located right by Mile High Stadium, also features an entirely vegan beer menu, two dog-friendly patios, local art and a Colorado-built brewing system.
Name: Geeks Who Drink Trivia hosted by Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
Address: 1139 20th St., Denver
Dates: Thursdays until Oct. 24
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Win free beer and bar tabs at these trivia nights, according to the event’s Facebook page. While you’re there, enjoy Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery’s diverse spread of beers, including Collob-OR-ation; for every pint of this beer sold, one dollar is donated to nonprofit Cottonwood Institute, which helps get youth into nature.
Name: Geeks Who Drink Trivia hosted by Zio’s Alley Bar
Address: 2400 W. 32nd Ave., Denver
Dates: Thursdays until Jan. 30, 2020
Time: 8-10 p.m.
The top three teams at this weekly trivia night win bar tabs. Zio’s Alley Bar is the 21-and-up lounge of Tony P’s Bar & Pizzeria, which is owned and operated by Tony Pasquini and his mother Judy.
Name: Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz at MOO Bar hosted by Denver Milk Market
Address: 1800 Wazee St. Suite 100, Denver
Dates: Sundays until Dec. 29
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
These trivia nights include prizes for answering bonus questions and gift cards for the top teams at the end of each night. MOO Bar is part of the Denver Milk Market, a 16-venue mix of take-away and dine-in restaurants and bars run by Colorado chef Frank Bonanno.
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