Last night (Tuesday the 25th July) I was fortunate enough to be invited down to The Claremont by some mates in order to attend a quiz. Trivial Tuesday is a new addition to The Claremont's line up of weekly entertainment and I think it will be here to stay. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed we arrived not knowing what to expect. We discovered that Trivial Tuesday has already gained much renown as the majority of the tables were already reserved and we had to sit in a different, less quiz-y area of the bar. We registered with the Quizmaster and received our answer sheets and then sat down to the highly diplomatic task of choosing a team name. I suggested 'The Byronic Socialites' in a moment of extreme literature-student nerdy-ness, my boyfriend suggested 'The Mustangs' for some unknown reason and then I countered with 'The Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys'. He won. So we strode forth under this banner intending to conquer our sworn enemies 'Please Be My Friend,' 'Let's Get Quizzical' and 'Team Syphilis'.
The rounds were two in number, each consisting of fifteen questions and a set of speed questions. Betwixt these rounds were also several games for the winning of a free jug of beer, the first being 'Flats or Roofs' in which a cricket bat was tossed upwards and people eliminated according to the manner of its landing and the second being determined by predicting which Mario Kart character would win a pre-recorded race. The questions covered many and varied topics so there was never a dull moment. They were also interspersed with rounds that introduced a mixed media element, breaking up the straight questions. These included watching a scene from a film being re-enacted and the round "pony or porn" in which we had to guess whether the name on the screen belonged to a porn-star or to one of the popular My Little Pony toys. 'The Mustangs' did brilliantly in the first round achieving fourth position at half time, but we fell behind in the second, probably due to the high density of cricket questions, and finished in sixth place.
You can register from 7pm and the trivia proper is underway by 7.30pm, entry to the quiz is free and the food was very reasonably priced, with nothing over $20, and also rather tasty. Another interesting note is that The Claremont serves Schooners rather than Pints, a phenomenon generally occurring only in the eastern states, or so I was told by the gentleman at my table who seem to be extremely knowledgeable when it comes to hops-derived beverages. I definitely recommend ringing ahead to book a table so that you are guaranteed one, though staff seem very happy to fit you in even if you haven't.
All in all Trivial Tuesday at The Claremont Hotel is an activity I would describe with words such as 'fun', 'brilliant', 'genius' and 'excellent' and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who have 'hanging out with friends' and 'winning stuff' on their list of favourite things to do.