8 Places You Can Crush the Trivia Competition
Whether you’re training for “Jeopardy” or just keeping your brain spry, there’s no better way to test your know- ledge than with a game of live trivia. Lucky for you, our little state has a wide selection of team trivia nights.
The Fastnet Pub
1 Broadway, Newport, 845-9311, thefastnetpub.com
Join them for: Pub Trivia, Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
Study up on: Movie knowledge, a guaranteed weekly category. Expect to finish out the night identifying bands featured in the audio round.
Funniest team name: Too crass for print.
The winnings: The winner of each round gets a pitcher of beer. At the end of the night, the overall champs are treated to a cash prize, and there’s a dollar store toy prize for the most creative team name.
42 Cherry St., Woonsocket, 769-3330, cirostavern.com
Join them for: Pub Trivia, Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Study up on: Certain months boast specific trivia themes. Past favorites include movie trivia, TV topics and ABC trivia, where the first letters of answers cover every letter of the alphabet.
Funniest team name: Colors that end in -urple
The winnings: Gift certificates ranging from $10–$30.
186 Fountain St., Providence, 453-2337, trinitybrewhouse.com
Join them for: Stump Trivia, Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Study up on: This night is perfect for Rhody’s Renaissance men and women. Questions cover topics from history to pop culture, so anything is fair game.
Funniest team name: Oltrivia Newton-John
The winnings: The first place team enjoys a free growler of beer and a gift card to the restaurant. The runner up is rewarded with free brews too.
Rocco’s Pub and Grub
55 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 349-2250, roccospubandgrub.com
Join them for: Trivia Tuesdays, Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Study up on: If you’re full of random information, this is the spot for you. Come prepared with comprehension of culture, history, art, music, sports and more.
Funniest team name: Taco Cat
The winnings: The team that comes out on top gets its choice of a Rocco’s gift certificate or a round of drinks.
Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen
505 Atwood Ave., Cranston, 464-8877, brutopiabrewery.com
Join them for: Geeks Who Drink, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (also Sundays at 7 p.m. at English Cellar Ale House)
Study up on: Everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay and bad television. Each quiz has two audio rounds: a Name that Tune round, and sound bites from movies and TV. Funniest team name: “Rhode Island plate number [find a random plate in the parking lot] you’re about to be towed.”
The winnings: The top two teams are rewarded with $25 and $15 gift certificates, respectively. Occasionally bonus rounds give away swag like trucker hats, pint glasses or free beer.
161 Wayland Ave., Providence, 751-3000, mcbridespub.com
Join them for: Trivia at McBride’s, Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
Study up on: To ensure a fair playing field, McBride’s covers it all. You’ll be thrown questions on culture, history, sports, music and general knowledge topics.
Funniest team name: Horsman’s Unicorn Army
The winnings: The team that clenches each of six rounds will win items like T-shirts or appetizers. At the end of the night, the grand champs will earn a $25 gift certificate.
456 Main St., Wakefield, 783-9370, mewstavern.com
Join them for: Stump Trivia Night, Sundays at 8 p.m.
Study up on: There’ll be mostly general knowledge questions, so head to the Mews if you’re a jack-of-all-trades.
The winnings: If your team finishes on top, you’ll get a $50 gift certificate. The second place winners receive $30, and third place gets $20.
250 South Water St., Providence, 621-5644, wildcolonial.com
Join them for: Wild Colonial Pub Quiz, every other Sunday at 7 p.m., barring holidays, Super Bowls, World Series’ or the Oscars.
Study up on: Local and newsworthy tidbits. Last summer, a Summer Love theme featured a round of questions set up like missed connections on Craigslist, but about historical figures.
Funniest team name: Blue Rajas. The winnings: Bar swag, T-shirts, event tickets or a prize you wouldn’t want but have to take. Third place wins Wild Colonial pint glasses.