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Ballard Trivia Round-Up


Did you just finish rewatching all of the seasons of “Friends” or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and don’t know what to do with all that ‘90s television knowledge? Get in a Wikipedia wormhole and now know entirely too much about amusement parks and the history of the rollercoaster? Have you seen all of those NASA videos where astronauts explain things such as what it’s like to brush your teeth in space? Or maybe you’re just a jack-of-all-trades information expert. Either way, Ballard is overflowing with opportunities for you to share that seemingly useless knowledge and maybe even win some prizes. Here are several Ballard establishments that host reoccurring trivia nights.

Geeks Who Drink at Ballard Loft
Geeks Who Drink is one of the most popular pub trivia organizations in the nation, and hosts trivia in bars and other drinking establishments across the city of Seattle. Ballard Loft is a cozy and sustainably built sports pub that offers specialty cocktails, delicious burgers and appetizers, and a rotating 12-beer tap.

When: Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Cost: Free, no registration required
Teams: 2-6 players
Questions: Nearly 70 multimedia questions focusing on pop culture and random knowledge in two hours, including two rounds of audio questions, one visual round, and the rest read aloud by an enthusiastic Quizmaster
Prizes: Free pints of beer, gift certificates

Sponsored Trivia at Ballard Station Public House
Different brewing companies sponsor this pub’s trivia nights, with September’s sponsor being Stoup Brewing Co. Ballard Station Public House is a sports bar with 16 beers and ciders on tap, a full spirits collection, shuffleboard, darts, the occasional live music performance, and free popcorn.

When: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $2/person, no registration required
Teams: Up to 6 players
Questions: Sample categories from the past include natural disasters, famous firsts/lasts, comedians, television intros, and potpourri.
Prizes: First, second, third place and team with the best name all get prizes and brewery swag dependent on monthly sponsor.

Geeks Who Drink at The Park Public House
The Park Public House also hosts a Geeks Who Drink Trivia night. In addition to the general weekly GWD trivia, the Park Public House has also been host to their special monthly themed trivia nights. August 9th was “The West Wing”-themed, and September 20th was all about “Parks and Recreation.” Staff encourages cosplay for these events. The Park Public House is a classic neighborhood pub with a pool table, cozy booths, an outdoor patio, and delicious burgers and appetizers.

When: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. for general GWD; visit the Geeks Who Drink site for a schedule of themed quiz events
Cost: Free, no registration required for general trivial; $5 buy-in and registration required for themed quiz events
Teams: 2-6 players
Questions: Nearly 70 multimedia questions focusing on pop culture and random knowledge in two hours, including two rounds of audio questions, one visual round, and the rest read aloud by an enthusiastic Quizmaster; themed questions only for themed quiz events
Prizes: Free pints of beer, gift certificates; possible cash for themed quiz events

General Trivia at Kangaroo & Kiwi Pub
This Australian and New Zealand-themed sports bar always has the local games on the television, and has a game room with pool tables, shuffleboard, and darts. Burgers and sangas (Australian slang for sandwiches), meat pies, sausage rolls, and other pub fare as well as a Sunday brunch are served. Visit them on Wednesdays for trivia!

When: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/team, no registration required
Teams: Not specified
Questions: General trivia questions — but learning a bit about New Zealand and Australia probably wouldn’t hurt!
Prizes: First place wins 2/3 of a cash pot, second place wins 1/3 of a cash pot, and third place wins a pitcher of beer; bonus t-shirts can be won throughout the quiz!

General Trivia at Stoup Brewing
Stoup Brewing is a brewery obsessed with the science and craft of beer, with a downstairs taproom and an upstairs bar and seating area. A rotating schedule of delicious food trucks frequent the cozy outside beer garden. Their weekly trivia nights are hosted upstairs.

When: Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Cost: $2/person, no registration required
Teams: 2-6 players
Questions: General trivia questions
Prizes: First place wins the entire cash pot, second place wins a $5 gift card to each player

General Trivia at Peddler Brewing
Peddler Brewing is a family-friendly and dog-friendly brewery that hosts a weekly trivia night in their covered beer garden. Cycle over here from the Burke-Gilman trail, and feel free to use their air pump and other bicycle tools on hand. Bring in your Bicycle Benefits sticker to receive $1 off 32-ounce growlettes or $2 off 64-ounce growler fills. Peddler Brewing has 12 beers on tap and a rotating cider, and welcomes outside food.

When: First Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Cost: $5/person, no registration required
Teams: 2-6 players
Questions: Five rounds of general trivia questions, including visual and music rounds
Prizes: First place wins half the cash pot, second place wins 32-ounce growlettes and one fill each, third place wins gift certificates for a free pint, last place chooses a trivia category for next month