Halifax is brimming with trivia and quiz nights that'll keep you on your toes until Jeopardy's back on the air. And yes, it will be hot in the bars, but hey, that's what beer's for. Sipping, chugging or dousing---the possibilities are endless.
5435 Spring Garden, 492-BEER, Wednesdays, 10pm-12am
Running on year seven, this trivia night is packed to the max every Wednesday. There are three rounds of 20 questions each, so you can bet you'll know something on the list---even if it's the name of that New Kids on the Block song.
Finbar's Irish Pub
Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Highway, 832-9170, Wednesdays, 7:30pm
"It's one of our greatest hits," says owner Mike Casey. Finbar's weekly quiz night is presented by Propeller, with alternating hosts Kate Udle, from CTV, and Alan Semadeni and Brian Sauve from Citizens of Earth. There's even a six-week season in effect for those hardcore fans: if you're the overall winner after the set six weeks, you'll win a $150 gift certificate to Finbar's and 24 bottles of Propeller beer. Eat that, Alex Trebek.
Pogue Fado/The Frigate
1581 Barrington, 429-6222, Tuesdays, 9:30pm-11:30pm
Briggs, who hosts the Tuesday event, says the Pogue's trivia nights have also been packed this summer and, "considering how hot the Pogue is, that's kind of weird." Despite the heat, trivia-goers dive into the three rounds of 20 questions and a fourth round of 30 questions with all energy not used on sweating (or complaining about sweating). If there's a tie? "Each team member tells dirty jokes to win the prize," says Briggs, with a chuckle.
5686 Spring Garden, 423-2938, Tuesdays, 10pm-12am
Marc Robertson hosts the Rockbottom's weekly IQ test, and a server at the brewery tells me Robertson themes his three rounds for the evening, with a "hodgepodge of stuff" making up the questions. You missed last week's '50s, '60s and '70s theme, but head out this Tuesday to see what he comes up with next.