New York City's best trivia nights

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    Dave Oliver, founder-host of Trivia A.D.
    Next event: Summer Cult Movie Trivia Festival
    Why you should go: To show off your stash of cinematic knowledge
    Sample question: Prince Humperdinck is the heir to the throne of what country?

    Bryant Park, Southwest Porch, corner of W 40th St at Sixth Ave (triviaad.com). June 12, 26, July 10, 24, 6:30pm; free.

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    Answer: Florin

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    David Jacobson, founder of TrivWorks
    Next event: Golden Girls vs. Designing Women: A Night of Trivia Celebrating the Queens of ’80s TV  
    Why you should go: Choose sides in this tilt between Betty White fans and Delta Burke acolytes.
    Sample question: In the Golden Girls series finale, Dorothy moves away to marry Blanche’s uncle Lucas, played by which famous actor?

    The Bell House, 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (trivworks.com). June 7 at 8pm; $12.

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    Answer: Leslie Nielsen

  • Jon Stan, host of Pacific Standard Pub Quiz
    Next event: Babeland Trivia
    Why you should go: For bragging rights on your bedroom expertise
    Sample question: What is the proper name for all of the visible external parts of a women’s genital anatomy?

    Pacific Standard, 82 Fourth Ave between Bergen St and St. Marks Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn (pacificstandardbrooklyn.com). Babeland Trivia: July 1. Pacific Standard Pub Quiz, Sun 8pm. Free.

  • Answer: Vulva

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    Matt Wasowski, founder-host of Nerd Nite
    Next event: Nerd Nite Quizo Trivia Night
    Why you should go: Test your geeky superiority against Mensa members.
    Sample question: What percentage of women in their thirties are up for sex on the first date if there’s chemistry?

    Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (nyc.nerdnite.com). Sept 7 at 7pm; $10.

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    Answer: 28 percent

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    Noah Tarnow, founder-host of the Big Quiz Thing (and TONY copy chief)
    Next event: The Big Quiz Thing’s Tenth Anniversary Quiz Show Marathon Spectacular
    Why you should go: See Tarnow and competitors endure a 10-hour grilling session that culminates in a $1,000 payout.
    Sample question: What name is shared by the most populous city in the second-most-populous primarily English-speaking nation, and the tenth-most-populous city in the third-most-populous primarily English-speaking nation?

    92YTribeca
    , 200 Hudson St at Canal St (bigquizthing.com). Sun 3 noon–10pm; $22, advance $20.

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    Answer: London

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    Andrew Ennals, host of Woo Hoo! Classic Simpsons Trivia
    Next event: Classic Simpsons Trivia
    Why you should go: The hours you spent memorizing Homer’s antics across 23 seasons will count for something.
    Sample question: What is the name of Lionel Hutz’s law practice?

    Berry Park, 4 Berry St at North 14th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (woohootrivia.blogspot.com). June 7 at 8pm; $5, teams up to 6 $10.

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    Answer: I Can’t Believe It’s a Law Firm

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Dave Oliver, founder-host of Trivia A.D.
Next event: Summer Cult Movie Trivia Festival
Why you should go: To show off your stash of cinematic knowledge
Sample question: Prince Humperdinck is the heir to the throne of what country?

Bryant Park, Southwest Porch, corner of W 40th St at Sixth Ave (triviaad.com). June 12, 26, July 10, 24, 6:30pm; free.


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24 comments
AL
AL

Did Tony Highwater write up all these comments? Jeez

Sammy G
Sammy G

Great to see Classic Simpson Trivia on this list. A ton of fun even if you're not that well versed in the Simpsons.

whimsey
whimsey

Not to pile on, but it does seem strange that the trivia night with Tony Hightower that I've been going to for 5 years, with a city wide (and looking at the comments, international) following wouldn't even rate a mention here. So, what's up with that TimeOut people?

Steven De Ceuster
Steven De Ceuster

I'm writing from Belgium. Strange to see that the only internationally known NYC quizmaster Tony Hightower is missing. Btw, I'm sure he could come up with a better sample question than those guys (well, not really a challenge there, though I like the one on the Simpsons. The one on the English language cities is just wrong because Nigeria was not included and the one on women in their thirties even has nothing to do with a quiz question...)

Bryan
Bryan

The only trivia night I've ever felt like I needed to go to more than once is at Dempsey's, hosted by Tony Hightower -- he really knows what he's doing. Whenever I stay away for too long I start to get the shakes. (His old Tuesday night gig at Slainte was even better, if you can believe that!) For the longest-running trivia night in the city (featured on Law and Order, even!) not to make this list...unforgivable.

julie
julie

No list of NYC's trivia nights is complete without the Drunken Smartass Olympics at Dempsey's, a New York City institution!

Juliet Parrish
Juliet Parrish

Leaving out Tony, TONY, and his nights of trivia @ Dempsey',s makes me seriously question your magazine's recommendations for any future extra-curriculars. Subscription cancelled.

ckstern
ckstern

Echoing all previous posters (and wondering who actually researched this article, how, and what they think makes a good trivia night). Where's Tony, TONY?

Raj
Raj

My two favourite places in town are the aforementioned Dempsey's (with Tony Hightower) and Professor Thom's (with John Quinn). The Simpsons one sounds like it might be fun, but the sample questions from the others here seem kind of weak.

Vidiot
Vidiot

Yeah, TriviaNYC has been running their flagship "Drunken Smartass Olympics" Wednesday night trivia at Dempsey's for longer than anyone else in town -- it's been featured in Law & Order even. Tony Hightower is a Jeopardy! and Cash Cab champion, has appeared on other game shows including "Ask Me Another", consulted with other quiz shows, coordinates the International Quizzing Association's monthly Hot 100 and annual quizzes, as well as the World Quiz Championships and the Trivia Championships of North America. His omission here in favor of a Time Out employee makes me question TONY's (Time Out New York, that is) editorial stance.

H-Bomb
H-Bomb

Count me among those baffled by this piece's exclusion of Tony Hightower's Drunken Smartass Trivia

Nikk
Nikk

I agree. This list is a big #FAIL! No Tony Hightower / Trivia NYC ??? Please. Certainly would rather answer the tough and crafty questions from Tony Hightower, Jeopardy! champion than lame and erroneous questions about women in their 30s having sex ... pretty sad and pathetic.

Chris
Chris

Having just moved to Brooklyn, I was hoping to get insight on where to feed my trivia addiction in the County of Kings, now that I am somewhat cut off from my regular Manhattan fix. I'm happy to see such a BKlyn-heavy lineup. But if your research didn't turn up the Drunken Smartass Olympics and its 3 (yes 3!) locations, I'll have to take your recommendations with a large dose of salt.

Jules Rivers
Jules Rivers

A bit confused that my weekly trivia night at Dempsey's wasn't included here. Where's Tony Hightower and Trivia NYC?

Billy H
Billy H

No Tony Hightower from Dempsey's trivia night? Way to drop the ball, TONY.

Dee
Dee

Wow I was also surprised to see that Tony did not make this article! After participating at multiple different trivia nights in NYC, I found his to be one of the most interesting and entertaining. Plus he's been on Jeopardy, c'mon!!

Jane Allen
Jane Allen

How have you managed to miss Tony Hightower? The guy's an awesome quiz host and is the only host recognised by the International Quizzing Association in NYC.

Stephanie
Stephanie

Where's Tony Hightower and TriviaNYC? He'd ask a better question than whether 30-something women wanna sleep around.

Diana
Diana

I'm baffled by the exclusion of the Drunken Smartass Trivia Network ( http://www.trivianyc.net/ ) from this list. The flagship game at Dempsey's in the East Village is known as the place to be on Wednesdays in NYC if you're an actual trivia nerd. Obviously we all have our personal biases, but when former Jeopardy! and WWTBAM? contestants seek out your games, you're probably doing something terribly right. If you're looking for more than just hipster quirk, Tony Hightower is for you.

Brett
Brett

Where's Drunken Smartass Trivia's Tony Hightower? Were you unable to find 2 terrible photos of him to include in this non-article?

sonny
sonny

don't get it..where's the quizmasters?

Justin Finnegan
Justin Finnegan

I'd like to answer these questions with a question: where is longtime Drunken Smartass Olympics host and Jeopardy champion, Tony Hightower, in this mix?

TomKBaltimore
TomKBaltimore

Seriously, guys? No Drunken Smartass trivia with Tony Hightower? Someone's failing basic research here...