Ten great pub trivia nights in Melbourne
Best for: Collectors of kitsch knick-knacks
Pub trivia isn’t about winning prizes – except when that prize is a cheap plastic Jesus disco lamp. Then, you put your thinking cap on and pray your teammates know more about geography and history than you do. Fun collectables aside, the highlight of this weekly Sydney Road trivia night is its host, Mrs Smith. This fast-talking, joke-cracking quiz master has been slinging questions to punters for years in various pubs across the city, with her fanbase growing year by year. Other prizes include Edinburgh Castle vouchers and free beer and wine. Wednesdays are also pie night, so $12 will get you a delicious pie to feed your brain.
Wed 8pm. Free.
Best for: General knowledge heads and those with a taste for beer
Pub trivia company Funky Bunch hosts a cracker of a pub trivia night at this Brunswick East live music pub. The beer is cheap, the food specials are many, and you can win a case of beer for first prize, a bottle of wine for second and a jug of beer for second-last (so no throwing the game just to win a wooden spoon).
Tue 8pm. Free.
Best for: Netflix bingers
Do you love Harry Potter, Broad City, The Good Place or Flight of the Conchords? Think you know more about your favourite shows or movies than anyone else? Put those bingey hours to the test at pop culture trivia, run by Jaws Events. Each trivia night is themed to a specific show, movie or event (there is one for the AFL Grand Final), and they pop up at the Palace on different nights of the week. You'll find a list of what's coming up here. Winners get a $50 bar tab, and there are also themed cocktails with some trivia nights. Watch out for 'Tight Ass Tuesday’ drink deals on Tuesday nights as well.
Mon 7.30pm. Free.
Best for: Trivia beginners looking to get their start
Let’s say you’ve just gotten your trivia team together for the first time – where do you start playing? At the National, that’s where. It’s a small-scale trivia night run by the Funky Bunch with a mix of traditional, audio and visual questions as well as the odd physical challenge. The relaxed atmosphere lets you get a feel for pub trivia without the stress of 15 competing teams. Don’t worry, if you’re a seasoned trivia player there are still challenging questions – including a devilishly hard music round that will stump anyone who doesn’t have an encyclopaedic knowledge. First prize is a mighty $100 bar voucher, and currently any team that pre-books gets a free jug of beer.
Tue 7pm. Free.