Our first home had an extra bedroom that we turned into an office where we setup our brand new desk top computer. We spent many evenings as newlyweds huddled in front of the computer, drinking wine while we playing trivia on the internet. I honestly don’t remember which site hosted the games although my husband thinks it was on AOL. He’s probably right. It was 1995 and we were connecting via a dial-up modem. The horror.
I also don’t remember if we won or lost but know that we always had fun. While much has changed in twenty eight years our love of a good trivia match has not. And, we are not alone.
There’s a reason Jeopardy has been on longer than I’ve been alive. People like trivia games. I read an article recently about how the HQ Trivia App is a huge phenomenon drawing millions of people to their live digital trivia games. For more information on this latest craze check out this article from Time Magazine Inside HQ Trivia’s Intense Question-Writing Process.
While digital trivia can be fun, sometimes you want to head to a local trivial night and flaunt your knowledge in front of other teams. Be advised, while incredibly fun, it can be quite humbling too. I learned this past winter, after participating in three different trivia nights, that I’m not nearly as smart as I thought although we did win a free beer at Foulmouthed Brewing so all was not lost.
Would you like to try your hand at some local trivia? Below is a list of Southern Maine area bars and restaurants that host trivia nights.
Bull Feeney’s (Portland); Geeks who Drink – 7:00 pm
Sebago Brewing Co. (Old Port, Portland); 7:00-10:00 pm
Run of the Mill (Saco); October through May ONLY
Jimmy the Greeks (Old Orchard Beach)< /em>; Brain Busting Trivia with Caleb – 7:30 PM
Foulmouthed Brewing (South Portland); Geeks who Drink – 7:00 pm
School Street Pub & Grill (Gorham); Geeks who Drink – 8:00 pm
Rí Rá Irish Pub (Portland); Pub Quiz – 8:00 PM
Binga’s Stadium (Portland); Stump! Trivia – 8:00 pm
Cow Bell Burger Bar (Biddeford); Brain Busting Trivia with Caleb – 7:30 PM
The Dogfish Bar & Grille (Portland); 8:00 pm
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant (Portland); 7:00 pm
Salvage BBQ (Portland); Geeks Who Drink – 8:00 pm
Brian Boru (Portland); 7:00 pm
Sea Dog Brewing (South Portland); Stump Trivia 8:00 pm
Champions Sports Bar (Biddeford); Brain Busting Trivia with Caleb – 7:30 PM
Binga’s Stadium (Portland); Questionnairey – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (This is a survey game, not trivia that sounds interesting.)
Friday & Saturday
Bramhall Pub (Portland); Trivia Sundays – 7 pm (This one may be only in the winter.)
Champions Sports Bar (Biddeford); 7:30 PM
Be sure to double check with the location before heading out for trivia night. Some trivia nights are only held in the off-season, and occasionally nights get discontinued or moved around.
I’d also recommend bringing some teammates. Not only is it more fun, but you’ll likely do better. I know I did.