Head to all of these can’t-miss trivia nights in Pittsburgh

Game on.

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Rossilynne Culgan

Updated 1:10 p.m. March 22

Q: How many trivia nights are there in Pittsburgh?

A: More than a dozen.

Here’s where to go to put your knowledge of random facts to the test and have some beers and some fun along the way. (Know of another one to add to the list? Tell us.)

But first, a few rules of trivia decorum:

  1. Put your phone away. Even if you really want to answer that text message, you must wait until the time between rounds lest everybody think you’re cheating — and you know what they say about cheaters.
  2. Follow the team size rules. If you’ve got a team of eight, break it up into two groups. Otherwise, it’s just not fair to have all that collective brainpower on one team.
  3. Remember: It’s trivia. You might want to cheer on your team like you’re at Heinz Field. You might even be tempted to stand on your chair and lord over other teams. (Yes, I actually saw this happen once. And, yes, it was a very sweet victory to go on to beat that team.) We’re competing for free beer here, not the Lombardi trophy, so be competitive and have fun but keep your cool.


Over the Bar

It’s the city’s lone Monday night trivia. It’s also a great way to mentally prepare for the rest of the week, bar manager Ray Karhut said. Radical Trivia runs the show, a competition for OTB gift cards. “It can get profane,” the bar advises, “so 18+ is recommended.” (All the more reason to go, imo.)
When: 9 p.m.
Where: 2518 E. Carson St. (South Side)
How many people per team? As many as you’d like
Specials: $6 signature burgers and $2 Yuengling bottles


Hemingway’s Cafe

It’s a classic pub trivia contest focusing on a wide range of topics at this quintessential college bar.
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: 3911 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
How many people per team? Up to four
Specials: Look for food and drink specials during trivia, along with the usual college bar prices.


In this quest for Franktuary gift cards, expect six rounds, including a picture round, an audio round and a lightning round. Topics cover everything from classic trivia fodder such as geography and ad slogans to more offbeat concepts. (This week, the picture round was identifying various famous people dressed as Santa, trivia host Drew Cranisky said.) The 4th place team each week gets to pick a category for the following week, which makes for some interesting topics, Cranisky said. Recent selections have included the Zelda universe, octopuses and the science of sex. Franktuary is Cranisky’s sole trivia gig, so he spends a lot of time writing interesting, high-quality questions. Few things, he said, are more frustrating than going to a pub quiz with bad questions: Too easy, too obscure, or poorly worded.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: 3810 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
How many people per team? Up to six
Specials: $2 12-ounce House beer and $3 PBR pounders

Hough’s Taproom and Brewpub

Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia runs five rounds with seven questions per round on a wide variety of topics. It’s a live-hosted event, meaning the hosts hand out all the materials you need to play, and they interact with competitors to make sure the material never gets old. With different topics each week, the game stays fresh and the competition fierce. 
 7:30 p.m.
Where: 563 Greenfield Ave. (Greenfield)
How many people per team? Up to four
Specials: There’s always a beer and food special, but it varies week to week.

Scratch F&B

This Geeks Who Drink trivia is hosted by local attorney Lou Kroeck, who presents eight rounds of trivia, including a visual round, a film round and a music round. Questions bop around from current events to pop culture to geography, sports and science. “[Kroeck] is part of the reason that people have become loyal to the trivia night itself,” restaurant owner Don Mahaney said. Plus, there are three bonus questions for a chance to win free beers.
When: 8-10 p.m.
Where: 1720 Lowrie St. (Troy Hill)
How many people per team? Two to six
Specials: Happy hour runs 9-11 p.m., offering a dollar off all beers. There’s also a specialty sandwich during trivia called the American Savage, featuring a smoked, milk-braised turkey leg, American cheese and a mustard combo.

The Library

Come for the trivia; stay for the specials (like $3.99 for a half-rack of ribs and fries). The host keeps it fresh each week, drawing on seasonal themes (like a quiz of Thanksgiving questions in November and trivia about Halloween movies in October, for example).
When: 8:30 p.m.
Where: 2302 E. Carson St. (South Side)
How many people per team? No limit
Specials: Half-off on small plates between 9 p.m. and midnight. Half-off bottles of wine. Get a half-rack of ribs and fries for $3.99.


Hemingway’s Cafe

You’ll probably leave with a song stuck in your head after this Name That Tune trivia night, which challenges players to identify the name, artist or year of a variety of songs.
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: 3911 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
How many people per team? Up to four
Specials: Look for food and drink specials during trivia.


These themed trivia nights are next level. Recent themed series have focused on Friends, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Disney. The Friends trivia night, for example, featured a Central Perk photo opp and a soundtrack of music from the show. Check Claddagh’s Facebook page for upcoming trivia dates and themes. Be sure to call in advance to make a reservation.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: 407 Cinema Dr. (South Side)
How many people per team? No limit
Specials: Look for themed menus — cocktails like the Smelly Cat and the Central Perk of Friends fame.

The Summit

This Name that Tune trivia challenges players to name the correct artist and track title for each song. There’s also a blitz session between each round for some extra points during which each team nominates one person to try to name the song the emcee plays.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: 200 Shiloh St. (Mt. Washington)
How many people per team? No limit
Specials: $2 off all American craft beers in bottles and on tap

Mario’s South Side

There are six categories: Sports, entertainment, general, food, music and TV, so find a friend who knows a lot about each topic, and you’re set. Be prepared to get there early because it fills up fast.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: 1514 E Carson St. (South Side)
How many people per team? No limit
Specials: $2 Miller Lites and Miller Lite giveaways

Gene’s Place

At Oakland’s oldest continuously running trivia, you’ll get three rounds of pen-and-paper trivia, with the second round as a video or sound match.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: 3616 Louisa St. (Oakland)
How many people per team? One to four; if more than four people play, there is a small penalty to the score.
Specials: 22-ounce drafts of Miller Lite for $2.50 and Miller Lite pitchers for $5.50

Cappy’s Cafe

If you want a seat, get there early for this mega popular pub quiz. Expect five rounds, including a music round and a genius round. Genius pro-tip: Check Cappy’s Facebook page before you go for trivia hints.
When: 9-11 p.m.
Where: 5431 Walnut St. (Shadyside) 
How many people per team? Up to five
Specials: $3 for 20-ounce Yuenglings


Hambone’s awards the winning team of each round, rotating between brewery swag and house gift certificates. This gives people the opportunity to leave a winner even if they’re late to the game or can’t stay for the full event. Expect an eclectic mix of questions — everything from cheese to Bill Murray. Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia hosts the event with five rounds of seven questions each, ranging in difficulty, including an audio round.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: 4207 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
How many people per team? Up to four people per team
Specials: $3 PBR cans


This trivia night has a decade of history, offering an array of changing categories to put your brainpower to the test. Compete for Brillobox gift certificates.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: 4104 Penn Ave. (Bloomfield)
How many people per team? Up to seven
Specials: N/A

The Yard Gastropub

Three rounds of digital trivia focus on everything from pop culture to politics to cultural studies, and there are prizes after every round, plus a cash prize for the overall winner.
When: 10 p.m. to midnight
Where: 736 Bellefonte St. (Shadyside)
How many people per team? Up to eight
Specials: 1/2 off bottles of wine

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The BeerHive

Local company Zoach Trivia runs this pen-and-paper competition made up of 16 rounds with three categories in each round. Topics range from pop culture to American history. First and second place teams get BeerHive gift cards.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: 2117 Penn Ave. (Strip District)
How many people per team? A minimum of two people per team.
Specials: $2.50 Yuengling drafts and $1 off craft drafts

The Smiling Moose

“Extreme,” the bar says. “The name says it all … RADICAL TRIVIA … #INTENSE.” Categories change weekly.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: 1306 E Carson St. (South Side)
How many people per team? No limit
Specials: Half-off drafts