NYC’s Best Bars With Trivia

June 23, 2014 6:00 AM

New York City bars don’t just offer drinks. Countless NYC nightlife spots have board games, ping pong tables or arcade games. But only trivia nights offer prizes and a chance to stretch your brain, drink in hand. Challenge yourself to these New York bars’ weekly quiz-offs. By Adrienne Smith.

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Photo Credit: Thinkstock

The Gael Pub
1465 3rd Ave #1
New York, NY 10028
(212) 517-4141

When: Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.

Each trivia night, Quizmaster Ryan leads a six-round quiz in this relaxed Upper East Side bar. Every round has ten questions, with topics ranging from pop culture to sports or history, and Quizmaster Ryan keeps it interesting with audio and visual inquiries. Winners get a $50 gift certificate, second place gets a $25 certificate and a lucky team will win the free raffle for a $20 bar tab. While you have to bring your own food, there is a Shake Shack nearby…

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Photo Credit: Videology

Photo Credit: Videology

308 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 782-3468

When: Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

Trivia and movies combine forces at this offbeat Williamsburg bar. Videology’s video-themed trivia includes clip and picture rounds, movie quote identifications and the bar’s trademarked DVD Chapter Round. Be prepared for bonus questions after each round to land a free drink. What’s more, Videology offers movies and TV shows to rent in addition to its bar and screening room.

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Photo Credit: Common Ground

Photo Credit: Common Ground

Common Ground
206 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-6231

When: Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

This popular East Village bar offers a nightlife trifecta: happy hour, trivia night and board games. The six-category trivia is difficult here, but there’s no team size cap so bring plenty of knowledgeable friends. Prizes tend to be announced when trivia starts. You’ll need to get to Common Ground early to grab a seat. So order a happy hour beer – all drafts are $3 until 8 p.m. on weeknights – and play some Life or Connect Four while you wait. And if you’re hungry, nibble the almond-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon ($9) or spicy Texas-style queso and chips ($7).

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Photo Credit: Crocodile Lounge

Photo Credit: Crocodile Lounge

Crocodile Lounge
325 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-7747

When: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.

If you like a side of pizza with your trivia, head to the Crocodile Lounge on Wednesday evenings. The East Village dive bar offers free pizza for each drink purchased, as well as arcade games and a rowdy trivia night. Players write down answers during each (tough) trivia category. But shouting the answer is a requirement to win the free shot rounds scattered through the night, so be quick on your feet. First place winners earn a $50 bar tab, second place earns a $30 bar tab and third place earns a $20 bar tab.

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The bar at Pete's Candy Store

The bar at Pete’s Candy Store

Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 302-3770

When: Wednesdays at 7:30

This Williamsburg bar offers one of New York’s higher prizes: a $75 bar tab for first place. Second place teams receive a $40 bar tab while third place takes home a $15 bar tab. The weekly “Quizz-Off,” as it’s called, includes six rounds of twenty questions. Topics can range from music and visual identifications to recent news or general knowledge. Pete’s Candy Store also offers live music every night. So grab a drink and rest your overworked brain at the post-trivia show.

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Adrienne Smith manages Lifestyle & Entertainment content for CBS Local. Follow her on Twitter here.

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