Local bars put customers to the test with bar trivia
By Emily Kaiser
Dayton’s smarts are being put to the test and locals are responding in positive ways. While trivia is popular between friends and families at get-togethers and parties, local bars also host nights dedicated to the use of useless knowledge. Many bars host trivia one to two nights a week. Contestants can win prizes for their knowledge, while enjoying a relaxing evening out during the week with food and drink specials.
Champps, located on Washington Village Drive in Centerville, has trivia every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, starting at 7:30 p.m. Each round sticks to one category and there are 10 questions per round. The categories can be anything from chemistry to pop culture to music. There are, on average, eight to 10 teams on any given night. Sometimes, a free appetizer will be given to the team who wins a round, but there is always more to win.
“First place winners receive a $50 gift card to Champps, second place gets $30 and third place gets $20,” said Champps’ General Manager Adam Harkless, “It’s a fairly recent thing, but it’s growing.”
O’Leary’s Pub & Grub, on Dayton-Lebanon Pike, features trivia every Monday and Wednesday evenings, starting at 7 p.m. O’Leary’s also does rounds of questions with five rounds to each game and 10 questions in each round. Every round has a sports question, music question, current event question and a general knowledge question. The game is fair, however, across different age groups. There is a mix of questions, both older and newer, for contestants of all ages. Every team who wins a round receives $5 off their bill. For the contestants who win first place for the game, they get $20 off their bill. Second place winners receive $15 off, and third place gets $10 off.
Although using a cell phone during the game is considered cheating, Owner Steve Butterfield has noticed people using their smart phones, so the questions have gotten harder. “The whole thing is to have fun,” said Butterfield. “We have a lot of people who plan their evening around this.”
If you are a beer drinker and want to enjoy variety of beers while getting your knowledge put to the test, the Pub at the Greene is the perfect place. The bar features European, Scottish, Irish and American beers. Every Monday, starting at 7:30 p.m., the bar has trivia along with half off fish and chips, which starts at 7 p.m. There are a good amount of movie and music questions, but there are also different questions that hit an array of topics.
“We try to keep it fresh,” said Jake Lee, the Pub’s restaurant manager. “We have a round of questions then we have a music round.”
There is only one game winner, who receives a gift card to the Pub, but there are contestant winners as well. Even if you are not an expert at trivia, you still have a chance to win something. There is a raffle during the evening where the Pub gives away T-shirts, logo glass wear and key chains.
Oregon Express, located in Dayton’s historic Oregon District, features live trivia with Sam the Man every Tuesday evening starting at 7 p.m. with 25 percent off specialty pizzas.
Sam the Man, who is the host of trivia, decides what questions to ask. There is a variety and they can be anything from music to pop culture. Everyone knows that the more brains working together the smarter your team will be, but you can have as little or as many people you want on your team. If you want to win big, you should stay in the game, but the questions do get harder as the game gets longer.
“The further you are in the game, the more the prize amount goes up,” said Tammy Niece, bartender and manager of the Oregon Express. “We give out money and you can apply that to your bill.”
One Eyed Jacks, located on Colonel Glenn Highway, hosts Trivia every Tuesday night from 7 to 10 p.m. There are also 35 cent wings and for those who decide to play, $1 domestic bottles. The questions are based on general knowledge, but each round has two music questions. A song is played and contestants have to name the song and artist. Four rounds make one full game. The team who wins a round receives a $5 gift card to One Eyed Jacks and the team who wins the entire game receives a $10 gift card.
“We usually fill up,” said Bethany Hathaway, One Eyed Jacks’ manager, “I would say we get around 100 people that play. Some teams have 10 people while others are single players.”
This summer, get out and put that useless knowledge to actual use. You never know, you may not walk out empty handed. And at the very least, you’ll get drunk relatively cheap.
Reach DCP freelance writer
and editorial intern Emily Kaiser