Trivia lovers in Washington DC with a bit o’ the Irish in them can find a different trivia contest every night of the week from Sunday through Friday at a different Irish pub.
2106 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Duffy’s is the place to go on Sundays for the trivia lover starting his week. Duffy’s publishes its past week trivia questions on its website, giving potential trivia contestants the opportunity to see just what they’re in for… the questions are said to be challenging but the prizes- $20-$50 off the bar tab- make the quest worthwhile.
808 7th St., NW
Fadó, a downtown DC Irish pub, invites know-it alls to come to its trivia contests styled Monday Quiz Nights and prove their competency. Quiz night begins at 8 p.m., the same time Fadó begins its two hour price drop to $3.50 per glass on Harp and Bass. Fadó’s trivia night is often said to be the best in DC; it is certainly the most publicized.
Fadó’s trivia night includes 7 rounds, each with 10 questions. Trivia is played in teams, with answers written on paper and turned into the hostess for evaluation. The trivia rounds include both general knowledge and themed categories.
While Fadó offers prizes and giveaways during Monday Quiz Nights, the focus is on fun.
3319 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday night is Trivia Night at Nanny O’Brien’s, a Cleveland Park institution. What is exciting for those who master the trivia competition at Nanny O’Brien’s is the prize- a bar tab.
Ireland’s Four Green Fields
3412 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
On Wednesday night, trivia lovers move to Ireland’s Four Green Fields, another Irish bar in the Cleveland Park neighborhood. Trivia night at Ireland’s Four Fields starts at 9 pm, and an intense competition it is, with just short of a hundred written questions to be laboriously pondered and answered. Prizes at this trivia night vary and may include cash, drinks on the house, or movie tickets.
One Dupont Circle
Washington, DC 20036
Having exhausted Cleveland Park’s trivia night offerings, Irish bar patrons can stumble a mile on down Connecticut Ave. to Dupont Circle- or take the metro two stops- to take up the trivia challenge at James Hoban’s for their Thursday night trivia fix.
First piece of trivia every entrant should learn? Who was James Hoban? Do you know? If not, you’d better read up before heading out to James Hoban’s on Thursday at 7 pm. James Hoban was the White House architect.
16143 Shady Grove Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Ah, by Friday, the best of them are sleeping it off already, but if you’re determined to have a go at trivia on a Friday night, you’ll have to head out to the suburbs to JJ Muldoon’s.
As its website explains:
“Rapiebant me spectacula theatrica, plena imaginibus miseriarum mearum et fomitibus ignis mei. quis est, quod ibi homo vult dolere luctuosa et tragica, quae tamen pati ipse nollet? et tamen pati vult ex eis. Rapiebant me spectacula theatrica, plena imaginibus miseriarum mearum.”
If you don’t know what that means, you might want to brush up on your Gaelic before the Friday night 7:30 p.m. trivia contest gets underway just in case it figures into one of the trivia questions.
There you have it, the roadmap to six nights a week of Irish pub trivia in Washington DC where you can test your wits against the best of them.
Sources: “Brainstormer Trivia Night,” http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?node=cityguide/profile&id=1067079#editorialReview;
“Trivia Nights,” http://bardc.com/?page=trivia_nights; www.jameshobansdc.com;