The best trivia nights in Vancouver

Oct 21 2016, 7:41 pm

Are you smarter than a 5th grader? Or do you think Freud is a way to prepare chicken?

Whatever your IQ, there are scores of trivia nights at bars across Vancouver where folks gather weekly to match wits, compare brain sizes, and of course, eat nachos.

So grab a friend (or five) and fulfill your pursuit for trivia at these fine venues.

Biltmore Cabaret

Woo Hoo Classic Simpsons Trivia/Facebook

Woo Hoo Classic Simpsons Trivia/Facebook

We all know who shot Mr. Burns, but do you know which celebrity was buried in the suit that Mr. Burns wears in every Simpsons episode? If so, Woo Hoo Simpsons Trivia might be the perfect place for you and your (Pin) pals to hang for an evening. Currently at the Biltmore Cabaret, the monthly event is divided into three hilarious segments and focuses on the show’s Golden Era (seasons one thru nine).

Address: 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
(604) 676-0541

East Side Craft House

The East Side Craft House combines trivia with a good ol’ fashioned key party. After each round, the top scoring team receives a key – the more rounds you win, the more keys your receive. At the end of the night, the Quizmistress draws a key from the bowl, and the keyholder receives….a $50 gift certificate! Players can get a leg up on the competition by visiting the bar’s Facebook group for one free answer every week.

Address: 1445 East 41st Ave, Vancouver
(604) 324-1400

Storm Crow Tavern

Storm Crow Tavern/Facebook

Storm Crow Tavern/Facebook

They pride themselves on being “Vancouver’s Original Nerd Bar”, and Storm Crow’s bi-monthly trivia night brings all the nerds to the yard. The game hits the Commercial Drive location on the first and third Tuesday of every month, and heads to the West Broadway spot on the first and third Wednesday. Four rounds, ten questions, and the three highest-scoring teams win geeky swag.

Address: 1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
(604) 566-9669

Relish Gastropub & Bar

We love pretty much everything about Tuesday night trivia at Relish – the questions are challenging, the awesome prizes include Fireball shots, and your $5 entry fee goes to charity. Teams consists of five players, with each additional player incurring a one point penalty per round.

Address: 888 Nelson Street, Vancouver
(604) 669-1962


The Lamplighter/Facebook

The Lamplighter/Facebook

The nice guys at Nice Guys Trivia Inc. run a tight ship at the Lamplighter on Tuesday nights. Trivia here consists of current event questions, a photo round, and a bonus “heads or tails” segment for free drinks.

Address: 92 Water Street, Vancouver
(604) 687-4424

Colony on Main

Trivia fans familiar with IQ 2000 can play at both Colony locations; Colony on Main hosts at 8 pm on Mondays while Colony in Kits hosts at 8pm on Wednesdays. The games are nearly identical (4 rounds, 9 or 10 questions, lots of laughs), but the Main Street restaurant is usually busier which makes for more friendly competition.

Address: 2904 Main Street, Vancouver
(604) 565-6246

Moose’s Down Under

Moose's Down Under/Facebook

Moose’s Down Under/Facebook

Moose’s gets crazy busy for trivia on Wednesday nights – you’ll need to call ahead to make a reservation but it’s totally worth it. The hosts are great and there are mini-games in between question rounds to keep things interesting (paper airplane contests?! Yes, please!). Game winners can choose between Moose’s merch or can try for a cash prize by correctly answering a tough bonus question.

Address: 830 W Pender Street, Vancouver
(604) 683-3300

The Junction

Richard Romano Carlsen emcee’s the Junction’s weekly trivia night on Mondays. The game is divided into two rounds comprised of 20 questions each and also has a “name that tune” segment where players can rack up extra points by identifying both the artist and song title. During intermission, folks can play “tops or bottoms” (aka heads or tails) for a free pitcher of beer.

Address: 1138 Davie Street, Vancouver
(604) 669-2013

The Manchester

Manchester Pub/Facebook

Manchester Pub/Facebook

Trivia fans gather at The Manchester on Tuesday nights for a crack at winning gift certificates and, you guessed it, pitchers of beer. The game is divided into two segments that include name that tune, true or false, and a handful of bonus questions.

Address: 1941 W Broadway, Vancouver
(604) 568-6867

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