Houston’s 10 Best Trivia Bars

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Craft beer. Beards. Pretending to like soccer simply to sound like an intellectual sports fan. These are all trends that have risen to prominence over the past several years. Add trivia to that list. And while bars and restaurants around Houston have hosted trivia nights for years, the trend has truly exploded in recent years. Some bars partner up with trivia organization Geeks Who Drink, and others simply host their own weekly trivia nights. Either way, Houston doesn’t lack for nightly trivia options. Flex your mental muscle at any of these spots. (Note: This list is in alphabetical order.)

Many bars around town offer weekly trivia nights, whereupon regulars and newbies alike converge at a spot for their weekly dose of trivia. But weekly simply won’t do for Catbirds (2012 Houston Press winner for Best Trivia Bar), which offers up trivia six nights a week. Cap it off with nightly drink specials ($2 Shiner drafts on Tuesdays are a particular favorite) and you get a Houston trivia junkie’s dream. (1336 Westheimer, catbirds.com)

This Houston sports-bar institution features four Houston-area locations, each of which offers up a weekly trivia night. The Christian’s Midtown and Heights locations go live on Tuesday nights, while Wednesdays are for the newer Downtown and Energy Corridor locations. The former spots serve up $1 tacos on Tuesdays, while the latter features one of the city’s best steak nights on Wednesdays. (4 Houston-area locations, christianstailgate.com)

The majority of trivia nights in Houston take place on weeknights, when folks are looking to blow off steam and focus their thoughts on something other than going back to work the next day. Darwin’s Pub, meanwhile, took a different approach when it partnered up with Geeks Who Drink for the organization’s lone Saturday-night trivia night in Houston. The food trucks that typically reside on-site are legit, and the beer specials rank among the best in the city. (33 Waugh, darwinspub.com)

Working late on Tuesday night, but still want to get your trivia fix? Good news. In addition to its usual 7:30 Tuesday-night trivia, Flying Saucer also offers a 9:30 option for late-night types. Pair up trivia with some of the best bar food in downtown (the Reuben is on point) and one of its most diverse beer menus to make Tuesday slightly more tolerable. (705 Main, beerknurd.com)

Little Woodrow’s seems to pop up on a lot of these bar lists, and with good reason. For one, it features seven Houston-area locations. More important, each one offers something that makes it unique. In the case of Woodrow’s Rice Village, Heights and Midtown locations, that includes Geeks Who Drink trivia. Rice Village kicks things off on Tuesday nights, and Woodrow’s Heights and Midtown locations throw down the trivia gauntlet on Wednesdays. Teams that finish in the top three usually walk away with a Little Woodrow’s gift card, and the quizmasters are so entertaining, it’s worth taking in the festivities even if you suck at trivia. (7 Houston area locations, littlewoodrows.com)

Thursday nights are perfect for trivia. Sure, the weekend isn’t quite here, but it’s close enough to where you want to get out and maybe do something low-key. Fortunately, the Maple Leaf Pub is one of a handful of area bars that can oblige. Thursday night is also $12 pitcher night, and during hockey season, the bar is downright energized as the weekend draws near. (514 Elgin, themapleleafpub.com)

Neil’s Bahr is basically Houston’s resident nerd bar and that’s not an insult; video and arcade games and The Simpsons are equally awesome. Of course, what would a nerd bar be without a nerd staple like trivia? Well, that’s not a question that bears answering at Neil’s Bahr, which partners up with Geeks Who Drink for Monday-night trivia. So wrap up the worst day of the week by showcasing your knowledge of all things random, and play a little Goldeneye on the N64 afterwards. (2006 Walker, neilsbahr.com)

Porch Swing wants to make sure “those seven years of college were not wasted” by hosting trivia on Wednesday nights. Six rounds. Six questions per round. Nice and quick, which is nice, since it will leave ample time to get down on Bock-n-BBQ night – chicken breast or rib eye steak with a loaded baked potato on the side. Throw in a ZiegenBock for another $2. (69 Heights, porchswingpub.com)

Fun is right there in the name, so it’s not a surprise this Museum District spot hosts one of the city’s best trivia nights. On Tuesday nights, Revelry partners with Geeks Who Drink to host trivia night. This weekly staple pairs nicely with Revelry’s upscale sports-bar vibe (again, it’s in the Museum District). With 40 rotating craft beers on tap, a full cocktail and wine bar, and one of the best TV sports-bar setups in the city, Revelry is the ideal spot to post up, play some trivia, then catch the end of that night’s Astros game. (1613 Richmond, revelryonrichmond.com)

Some weeks, this Garden Oaks neighborhood bar hosts a themed trivia night on Wednesdays; past installments include Seinfeld, Star Wars and the 2015 NFL season. Other times, it’s totally random. Either way, locals from in and around the neighborhood pack Crowbar every night for one of the city’s more entertaining trivia nights. Word to the wise…Kevin (dude who runs trivia night) is a big tennis fan, so brush up on your knowledge of the hard court if you’re looking to gain an edge. Winning team gets a $50 Crowbar gift card. (954 Wakefield, wakefieldcrowbar.com)

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