DC-Area Trivia Nights: A Guide
If your brain is full of random knowledge you don’t know what to do with, put it to the test with quiz nights at these DMV bars, restaurants and event spaces. You can even head to a comedy, quiz show and karaoke show or compete for prizes in the crisp fall air at a local park.
The big stick
20 M St., SE
Sample specialty sausages, sandwiches, and craft beer while participating in trivia to start your week. The game starts at 7 p.m.
garden of wonders
1101 First Street, NS
Sip pints and enjoy the outdoors with Wunder Garten’s Monday Trivia. The quiz starts at 7 p.m. and is for ages 21 and up only. Later this month, Sixth&I is also hosting Trivia Under the Stars at this NOMA beer garden for teams of up to 7. Start time is 7:00 p.m. and you must be over 21.
1250 Half St. SE
Choose from 99 self-serve faucets, which include beer, wine, and seltzer, and test your knowledge at this DC faucet. The quizzes run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with five rounds and 11 questions per round.
3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington
Try Asian fusion cuisine with sushi, wonton nachos and even a Japanese mule alongside your trivia at this Clarendon restaurant. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. each week. Clarendon, free, 7 p.m.
The graduate hotel
126 West Street, Annapolis
Test your wits for a chance to win a one-night stay at this Maryland hotel. The Trivia is open to everyone and takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the trophy room.
The Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St., NW
Enjoy a variety of beers and a regular DJ at this bar and grill. The quiz starts at 7:30 p.m. Your team can be as big as you want, but only groups of up to five people have a chance to win prizes. Be sure to check the venue’s Facebook page the day before for pre-trivia puzzles.
520 Florida Avenue, NW
Enjoy happy hour drink specials until 10:00 p.m. on this gastropub’s Trivial Night. The game starts at 7:30 p.m., but you must book in advance and mention that you plan to participate in quizzes.
Upper West Side Cafe at Squash on Fire
2233 M St. NW
Once you’ve worked up a sweat on the squash court, exercise your brain with the facility’s cafe quiz from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Attendance is first-come, first-served with a maximum of five members of the team. Check the gym’s Instagram for game updates.
The Auld Shebeen
3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax
Enjoy an Irish atmosphere and a basement dance floor at this Virginia pub. Once you’ve had a drink or moved on, head to the 7:30-9:30 p.m. trivia game.
1015 Half St. SE
Enjoy Korean fried chicken and test your skills. The quiz starts at 7 p.m. every Tuesday.
1348 Florida Ave NW
Enjoy a 60-foot bar, rotating draws, and $5 Manor Hill Pilsners on this DC brewery’s trivia night. The game starts at 7 p.m. sharp.
4001 Fairfax Drive, Arlington
Fuel your brain with pizza and beer for weekly trivia at this Ballston brewery. The game starts at 7 p.m. Be sure to keep an eye out for weekly drink specials.
Bar and Grill Caddies
4922 Cordell Ave, Bethesda
Head to this golf-themed sports bar for weekly trivia and happy hour. The game starts at 7 p.m. with a chance to win prizes.
Crimson Whiskey Bar
627 H St. NW
Enjoy 150 different types of bourbon and Southern-inspired cuisine at this DC bar. Hop off for trivia, which starts weekly at 7 p.m.
The thirsty crow
3400 11th St., NW
Savor Malaysian-inspired food and drink at this sports and cocktail bar. The quiz lasts from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
1414 14th St., NW
Snack on free popcorn and test your brain with trivia from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at this DC bar. You can create teams of up to six people for a chance to win free pints or prizes. Last week, trivia players raised $100 for DC Central Kitchen.
1355 H Street NE
If you stay until the last round of quizzes, which lasts from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can enjoy an extended happy hour at this DC beer garden.
garden of wonders
1101 First Street, NS
If you haven’t had enough on Monday night, you can return to Wunder Garten for musical trivia every Wednesday. The game is for players over 21 and registration is from 6:00 p.m. until the game start time at 7:00 p.m.
2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington
Trivia starts at 7:00 p.m. at this German beer hall. Sample craft beers, burgers, and sports while testing your knowledge.
On the other side of the pond
1732 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Email ahead to reserve your quiz spot at this Irish bar or, if you’re visiting after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, call 202-232-4800 to reserve your team’s space. Take advantage of happy hour specials during quizzes and compete for a chance to win weekly prizes.
The fainting goat
1330 U Street NW
Trivia is first-come, first-served at this DC gastropub. You can also make reservations on Resy before your arrival. Games start at 7 p.m. with the chance to win prizes.
300 Tingey Street SE
Head around 7:00 p.m. to this bar and smokehouse. You can enjoy wings and drinks while testing your intelligence with your friends.
703 Edgewood Street, NE
This DC venue offers various trivia nights with exciting themes, so be sure to check out their event schedule. On August 24 at 7 p.m., TV fans can test their true loyalty with a game of Seinfeld trivialities. Tickets are $15 per person with teams of up to ten people. Enter for a chance to win cash prizes. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Alamo DraftHouse Cinema
630 Rhode Island Ave, NE
Book your place in advance for this quiz night. Compete against teams of up to six people in five rounds of questions on topics such as Office or Disney.
Crooked Crab Brewing Co.
8251 Telegraph Road, Odenton
Enjoy 16 taps and food trucks rotating weekly during this Maryland tavern’s weekly Trivia Party from 7-9 p.m.
Nellie’s Sports Bar
900 U Street NW
Trivia at this DC sports pub runs from 7:30-8:30 p.m. with teams of up to eight players. Each game features general knowledge questions with special themed, quick, and audio/visual parts. Prizes include $30 for first place, $15 for second place, free third place drink tickets and a free bucket of beer for teams with top names.
640 Rhode Island Ave, NE
You can participate in trivia at this bar, which is in a refurbished Metrocar, individually or as a team. Weekly games start at 7 p.m.
The Plank and the Brew
8150 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Enjoy espresso and craft beer while testing your quiz skills. Play is first-come, first-served and starts at 7:30 a.m. Prizes include a $45 gift card for first place, a $25 gift card for second place, and a $10 gift card for third place.
True Respite Brewing Co.
7301 Calhoun Square, Suite 600, Rockville
Sample craft beers and test your knowledge at this Rockville bar. The Trivia takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2446 18th Street, NW
Head to the rooftop and get some fresh air before settling in for a night of trivia at this DC tavern. Matches start at 7:30 p.m.
Hall of hooks
3400 Georgia Avenue, NW
This DC bar offers cocktails, ice cream and weekly trivia at 7 p.m. Once you’ve left all your knowledge on the table, you can even head into an immersive wilderness safari experience.
Clare and Don’s
130 N. Washington St. Church of the Falls
If you’re disappointed that summer is coming to an end, head to this beach-themed bar and restaurant for drinks and food on the beach. The quizzes start at 7 p.m.
Capitol cider house
3930 Georgia Avenue, NW
Head to this cider house and tap house from 7-9 p.m. for some trivia. Games are first come, first served and you can compete for a chance to win prizes.
12727 Shoppes Lane, Fairfax
Get out there and test your brain with weekly quizzes at 7 p.m. This game includes a DJ and prizes.
Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden
614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria
You only have two nights left this summer to participate in historical site trivia games. Head to this historic house in Alexandria to test your knowledge of sports history this Friday or the 1990s on August 19. Advance registration is required and tickets, which include snacks and a free drink, are $8 per person. Players must be 21 or older and teams are limited to six people.
River Mill Park
407 Mill Street, Occoquan Historic District
Head to River Mill Park this fall for outdoor trivia. The town of Occoquan offers one game per month from August to October with themes like Beach Party, Heroes & Villains, and Murder Mystery. Spaces cost $30 per team, which can only have up to six players. Bring a blanket or camping chair for a chance to win a $100 gift card to spend at Occoquan. The quiz doors open at 6 p.m. and play begins at 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages are also available to order, and they will be delivered directly to your seat.
2010 Crystal Dr., Arlington
This Crystal City bar hosts the Comedy Karaoke Funtime Show on the last Saturday of every month. The event begins with three rounds of quizzes followed by a stand-up comedy show, a karaoke battle between the top three quiz teams, and a regular karaoke night to cap off the evening. Tickets are $10 per person for groups of six to eight or $15 for individual tickets, and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.