It’s a typical evening here in the Twin Cities and you’re bored. You want something fun to do that won’t burn through your wallet. And, a cocktail or two would help. Not interested in the same old bar computer games and there isn’t a decent sports game on in a hundred channels. How about bar trivia? Such a fun way to spend an evening and test your knowledge while sipping on a pint. Bars and establishments throughout the metro offer patrons a chance to engage in a little friendly competition and win some pretty cool prizes. Here is a list of the best places in the Twin Cities to play bar trivia.
Memory Lanes Flashback Café and Cocktail Lounge
2520 26th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Sundays at 10 p.m.
Hosted by Loose Gravel Productions, Sunday evenings at this popular bowling alley is Trivial Trivia time! Boasting their awesome “bar game that makes the world go ’round,” Trivial Trivia brings out people of all skill levels and promises to be the world’s sweetest trivia. Prizes include bar tabs, cash, and the pride of showing off all the brainpower! Join Memory Lanes and Loose Gravel Productions every Sunday night for the cap on your Sunday Funday.
Grumpy’s Bar Nordeast
2200 4th Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
Tucked away in this corner bar is one of the most popular trivia nights this side of Minneapolis. Hosted by Bernie the Trailer Park Queen, trivia at Grumpy’s is always a full event. It has been rumored the $2 PBR Tall Boys add to the intelligence factor. Great prizes, strong drinks and a wide range of different people you can only see in the Northeast. Teams at this bar trivia are competitive but you’ll find it’s easy to fit right in if you are a newcomer. Next time you’re on 4th Street and find yourself looking for a bit of hometown fun, hit up Grumpy’s for their Wednesday night trivia.
Big Ten Restaurant and Bar-Stadium Village
606 Washington Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Thursdays at 10 p.m.
While in college, trivia night at a close bar on campus we definitely a weekly ritual. It was an escape from the mundane life as a college student. For all you U of Mers, Big Ten Restaurant and Bar in Stadium Village is your trivia headquarters. Intermingling with an already stellar ladies night that evening, trivia night on campus is a hot spot for young college students. Great drink specials, engaging trivia, decent prizes and a fun atmosphere make Big Ten Stadium Village a top college trivia bar.
331 13th Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Sundays at 8 p.m.
Consistently drawing a crowd, trivia night at the 331 Club offers loyal patrons and newcomers a place to show off what they know. Hosts Chuck and Sean, also known as “Chuck and Sean’s Baller Ass Trivia,” bring the party with a variety of topics and a friendly sense of competition. Each week, they also put out on online-only question for trivia participants to get a leg up on the competition by earning a point prior to their game. Brought to you by Trivia Mafia, the 331 Club trivia provides winners with cash prizes, gift cards and Trivia Mafia merchandise.
3000 Harbor Lane
Plymouth, MN 55447
Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.
Live in the western suburbs and itching to play a round of bar trivia? Look no further than Axel’s Bonfire in Plymouth. Participants are quizzed on sports, movies, music and much, much more. Need another reason to come? Happy Hour starts a half hour later and lasts the rest of the night. There is no limit on team size and winners can win $50 and $25 prizes, free pizza and a special prize for the most creative team name. An exciting atmosphere at Axel’s is the perfect backdrop for a fun night of bar trivia.
–Emily Buss is a music journalist from Minneapolis and author of On the Rechord blog. On the Rechord is a music site dedicated to the local music scene in the Twin Cities. Emily writes concert and album reviews, band and artist profiles, and provides information about local shows. A college graduate with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Journalism, Emily has been professionally writing for newspapers and online outlets for six years. You can find Emily at www.ontherechord.com, on Facebook at On the Rechord and on Twitter @TheEmilyB.