Whether they're loud and proud boozy affairs, or an evening of collaborative family fun, there's a trivia night for Sydneysiders everywhere. Grab a bistro schnitty, put your thinking caps on, and power through sports, pop culture, music and art. Who knows? You might even come out on top.
We check out Sydney's best trivia nights. 10 bonus points for an awesome trivia team name!
Harold Park Hotel | Forest Lodge
Harold Park Hotel's Wednesday night trivia just so happens to coincide with their $10 pasta night from 5-9pm. Gather a few mates and unwind with some Barossa shiraz or McLaren Vale merlot. Don't go too crazy with the extensive wine list if you still want to put your general knowledge to the test and have a shot at winning vouchers or bottles of wine to take home. For those of you who might not feel as intellectually gifted, host Vittoria Dentice is generous with boxes of Smarties.
Wednesday, 7pm (Kye Brown Entertainment)
Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club | Colebee
Trivia takes on a scenic note, overlooking the undulating planes of manicured grass at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club. "Trivia Joe" Giannini puts your brains to the test with five rounds of ten questions, ranging from sports to pop culture, arts and music. Dozens of prizes are up for grabs, so come prepared to flex your grey matter.
Thursday 7pm in the Clubhouse (Trivia Joe)
Marlborough Hotel | Newtown
With a ten year legacy, Wednesday night Trivia Magic at the Marlborough Hotel has become something of a local institution. Those accustomed to more serious, rigorous trivia nights may want to steer clear; relaxed, raucous fun is the hallmark here. For those feeling particularly lucky, there's the option of betting all your points on the final question for the big win.
Wednesday 7:30 pm – Marly Bar
Botany View Hotel | Newtown
Infamous host Reta takes the stage on Thursday over at the Botany View. Grab a bite at Darly St Bistro as the battle of the brains takes place. Best to come early and vie for a table, lest you risk having your team dispersed. Trivia Magic ensures a diverse range of questions, so it won't always be the sports fanatic piping up to answer everything.
Wests Ashfield Leagues Club | Ashfield
If you're in the Inner West, pop over to Keato's Brasserie at Wests Ashfield for hit of trivia and a $15 meal deal. With a fast growing turn out, a charismatic host, cash prizes for the top three teams at the end of the night, Wests has all the makings of a memorable trivia night. Keep an ear out for spot prizes awarded throughout the evening.
Wednesday, 7:30pm – Keato's Trivia
Padstow Park Hotel | Padstow
For an evening of decent food, cheap drinks and an energetic trivia sesh, Padstow Park has you covered. Charismatic Cherie aka "the Trivia Queen" hosts the game with infectious enthusiasm. Be sure to strategically select table – the closer you are to the vouchers and prizes the better. You don't want t miss out during the final stampede.
Wednesday 7:30pm – The Trivia Queen
Toongabbie Sports | Toongabbie
If you can keep a crowd coming without scenic views or good food, you know you're onto something worthwhile. Sundays at Toongabbie Sports are a lolly and chocolate filled affair, with host Murray's candy generosity keeping the sugar addicts coming. Smaller teams need not fear, with handicap "dots" available for the opportunity to get higher scores. Bring your family for the some enthusiastic weekend bonding.
Sunday 7pm – Trivia Central
Parramatta RSL | Parramatta
There are a few trivia nights around for family-friendly fun, and this definitely isn't one of them. Drag queen host Portia Turbo is lewd, crude and lascivious, but always entertaining. Competition is high, questions aren't too difficult, and you can always expect laidback fun. Stick to the Asian menu if you're going to grab dinner and gather a selection of your best and brightest mates to take home some prizes.
Tuesday 7pm – Turbo Trivia
Royal Hotel | Springwood
This is so much more than your average trivia night. Host Lisa peppers her quizzes with a stack of interactive games of her own invention. Sit back for some brain-bending entertainment while devouring a delicious schnitty with your choice of toppings - there's Hawaiian, Mediterranean, and the classic Parmigiana. But don't forget to keep your eye on the prize!
Wednesday 7pm – Beer and Bistro Garden
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Image credit: Friends, Padstow Park Hotel