If you have a competitive streak and a trove of knowledge of niche general, a trivia night may just be the perfect way for you to spend an evening. Everyone already loves getting together with a group of friends for a pub feed and a cold drink, so who wouldn’t be up for the chance to do all of that and win some great prizes at the same time?
Whether your an expert in pop culture music, a pro at solving maths problems on the fly, have an encyclopedic knowledge of sports history, or you’re simply out for a fun time, get a team of your friends together and find a local venue that hosts a trivia night.
There are plenty of venues all around Canberra that regularly host trivia nights, so we’ve put together this article to help you find the perfect destination for you and your team.
What makes a great night of trivia?
Never been to a trivia night before? Here’s what you should look out for when picking a venue:
- Variety of topics. A game of trivia is only as good as the questions, and it’s no fun if they only cover a couple of topics that you and your friends might not know anything about. A good trivia night will have questions on anything from history, to music, science, fashion, and so much more.
- Good prizes. For some it might be enough to simply have a fun time with their friends, but for the more competitive folks out there, part of the appeal of trivia is the chance to win prizes, from bar tabs to beer jugs.
- Tasty menu. Trivia games can often last a few hours in the evening, so you want to make sure that the hosting venue offers delicious food and drinks to keep you and your team going.
- Fun atmosphere. As with any venue, a good crowd and setting can make all the difference between a great night and an average one. Look for a trivia night that draws big crowds, and is hosted in a comfortable venue.
The best trivia nights in Canberra
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Magoo’s has quickly become a favourite destination on the Kingston Foreshore since it opened a year ago, not only for its stunning lakeside location but for its delicious food, great drinks, and energetic atmosphere. They support local with a fantastic selection of Canberran beers and wines, and their pub-style menu is regularly updated and able to cater to all dietary needs.
Along with regular live music nights and menu specials, Magoo’s also runs Trivia nights every Tuesday evening. There’s also a $50 bar tab up for grabs each week, with tables available for booking and no entrance fee.
As happy customer Karen Kemp writes in their Facebook review, “Amazing!!! Loved the service, food & wine & beer. Would definitely recommend and we will return. Best bar along the Kingston foreshore!!!!”
The Lighthouse has been around since the 1990s, and after a few leadership changes and a recent renovation of the interior has become a popular destination for students and families alike. The Lighthouse hosts their trivia night every Tuesday evening, with the chance to win cash prizes and bar tabs. Plus, all players are entitled to a $25 schnitzel and schooner combo to kick off the night.
As Google reviewer and ‘Local Guide’ Phil Ebbott writes, “Beers are cold, view is great. (…) Great schnitzels and pizzas.”
The Durham Castle Arms is one of the last truly English-style pubs in Canberra and is beloved not only for its regular rotation of delicious beers and hearty pub food, but for its great weekly trivia nights. With numerous prizes up for grabs, from free beer jugs to $50 drinks vouchers, plus the occasional theme for the trivia from Star Wars to the Simpsons, the Durham knows how to do trivia right.
As Google reviewer and ‘Local Guide’ Tara Crowley wrote recently, “Such a great vibe, awesome beers on tap and the evening trivia is fantastic!”
The Old Canberra in is an iconic Canberra institution that even predates the city itself. This old-fashioned homestead-style pub has one of the most unique interiors of any pub in Canberra, with dark wooden finishes, chesterfield sofas and warm fireplaces, plus historical photos and agricultural paraphernalia to add to the farmhouse atmosphere. The Old Canberra Inn hosts their trivia night every Tuesday, and their cosy venue means limited space so get your bookings in quick!
Facebook user Kris Galbraith writes, “Excellent venue and atmosphere! Food delicious, and drinks served by great staff!”
Your experience with trivia nights in Canberra
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