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Amy 'Bee' Sting, pub quiz mistress
Scott Chasserot

Things you only know if you’re a pub quiz mistress

By Nick Levine
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…according to Amy ‘Bee’ Sting, 32.

There are ways to make even Londoners come out of their shells

‘I don’t run your traditional pub quiz: I have creative rounds where people draw something or do physical challenges. I’ll see someone like Dave from Accounts walk in wearing sensible trousers. And then, a few rounds later, he’s doing the splits on the bar in a lunge-off. It’s so fun seeing people really go for it like that.’

Team names can be a minefield

‘Last week a team gave themselves the name “I Wish This Microphone Was a Massive Penis”. Which obviously I had to read out loud. Several times.’

Some Londoners expect the quiz master to be a beardy man

‘I think some guys are a bit intimidated by a female quiz master. I don’t think they’re trying to be sexist, but I’ll get the odd comment like, “Ooh, did you write the football round yourself?” But other people are really hyped to see a young, female quiz master.’

Punters always buy the quizzer drinks

‘It can be quite dangerous. Last week I got home and my boyfriend said, “You’re smashed, aren’t you?” I was like, “No I’m not!” I’d had eight gin and tonics.’

It’s easy to spot a cheat

‘I make sure there are two super-hard questions in each round. If a team keeps getting them right, I’ll approach them between rounds. When I catch someone cheating, I always dish out a punishment. The other week, I made someone down a pint of “Shit Mix” which had Baileys, ketchup and mustard in it. It was nasty but it taught them a lesson.’

Challenge Amy on Mondays at Vaulty Towers, 34 Lower Marsh, SE1 7RG and on Tuesdays at the Old Queen’s Head.

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