When a friend of mine recently asked me to join their Trivia Night group, I thought "Why not?" Trivia has never been one of my strong points, but when I went to the first night I was surprised by how many random pieces of information that had been lurking in the recesses of my brain for decades, just waiting for an opportunity to squeeze their way out. As well as making me feel surprisingly knowledgeable (well, on the first week anyway!), it was also a fun way to catch up with friends, have something to eat and possibly win some prizes. Around Canberra, it is particularly popular in winter as a way to be social, but to also go somewhere warm and have a cosy night in. The Trivia Nights listed below are the ones that I have found advertised, however, if you have a favourite not mentioned, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article. Where is your local?
* Details correct as of August 2018.
Monday night fun at the Ducks Nuts! Image: Original photos from Ducks Nuts Facebook
The Meating Room gastropub in Weston Creek has a themed Trivia Night, hosted by IQ Trivia, every second Sunday at 6:30pm. Bookings are essential on 6288 6328. Whilst there, try out a range of beers on tap and something tasty off their menu. With a surprisingly large interior, it is the perfect place for trivia at the pub! See here for details and here for a full article on The Meating Room.
Ducks Nuts gastropub in Dickson have a free Trivia Night each Monday night at 6:30pm. Win great food and drink vouchers - with $100 cash as first prize. See here for details. Gungahlin Lakes Club hold their Trivia Night each Monday night at 7:30pm, for members and their guests. Win great food and drink prizes, whilst having a laugh and looking out over the golf course. See here for details and here for a full article about food options at the Gungahlin Lakes Club.
Walt and Burley gastropub on the Kingston Foreshore have a Trivia Night each Monday between 7pm - 9pm, hosted by IQ Trivia. Call 6239 6648 to reserve a spot. Check out the IQ Trivia Facebook page for hints and bonus point questions to study! See here for details.
Monday night at the foreshore, at Walt and Burley. Image: Original photos from Walt and Burley Facebook
Beef and Barley gastropub on the Kingston Foreshore hold their Trivia Nights each Tuesday between 7pm - 9pm. There are prizes, cash jackpots and a whole lot of fun on the foreshore! Call 6199 3366 to book a table. See here for details and here for a full article on Beef and Barley.
Young and Frisky pub in Gungahlin hold their Trivia Night every Tuesday night between 7pm - 9pm. This also coincides with their $15 Schnitty and Middy deal, which makes it a cheap night out! See here for details and here for their website.
The Hellenic Club in Woden hold their Trivia Nights for members and their guests on Tuesday nights at 7pm in the Triton Lounge. Use wireless buzzers to win great prizes or spin the wheel! See here for details.
The Canberra Labor Club has Trivia Nights at Belconnen, Weston Creek and the Civic every Tuesday night for members and their guests. Check out their meal deals, cash prizes and voucher giveaways. Bookings are advisable at each location. See here for details. The Old Canberra Inn historical pub in Lyneham has a Trivia Night on Tuesday nights starting at 6:30pm, presented by IQ Trivia. No need to book - just turn up and have fun! See the IQ Trivia Facebook page here for details and here for a full article on the Old Canberra Inn.
Trivia Tuesdays at Beef & Barley, Kingston Foreshore. Image: Beef and Barley Facebook
The Duxton gastropub in O'Connor holds their Trivia Night each Wednesday in the Oak Room, with the doors opening at 6pm and trivia starting at 7:30pm. Choose dinner from their full menu and enjoy the challenge of winning for your team. See here for details.
The RUC lawn bowls club in Turner holds a free Trivia Night each Thursday night at 7pm, for members and their guests. The trivia is a cross between Sale of the Century and Millionaire Hot Seat, as each team has their own keypad and buzzer. See here for details.
King O'Malley's Irish pub in the Civic has a Trivia Night each Thursday night at 7pm, run by QuizXpress. It is free to play, with $12 pizzas on the night! See here for details. Ainslie Football Club has a Trivia Night each Thursday from 7:30pm, with meal vouchers to be won and weekly jackpots. Join the club and have some fun! See here for details.
The Boardwalk Bar & Nightclub in Belconnen will be hosting Trivia Nights every second Thursday starting at 6:30pm, run by IQ Trivia. Happy Hour will also be run between 5pm - 7pm, with $5 drinks. Second last place gets a jug of Sangria! See here for details.
The Guild board game restaurant in the Civic hold themed Trivia Nights at various times throughout the year. Recent themes include Dr Who, Harry Potter, Buffy, Marvel and more. Dressing up in the theme is encouraged! See here for details and here for a full article on Guild board game restaurant.
Did you find a night that suits you - preferably close to home? If you have never done it before and need to put a group of friends together, the big question is - what will be your team name? Will it be something that relates to your jobs, a combination of names or something funny that means something to those in the group? Whatever it is, it is the start of something fun that you will look forward to each week. Good luck!
Pizza, cocktails and trivia at Guild board game restaurant. Image: Guild Facebook