Best Bar Trivia In Washington, D.C.

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The District is abound with literary and political nerds — can you compete? Check out D.C.’s best bar trivia.

Looking Glass Lounge

The dive bar’s weekly trivia theme changes each time; this means that you might pounce all over the competition, or totally fail if the theme is horse racing and your equestrian knowledge starts and ends at Seabiscuit. The questions could be more politically inclined, in which case you’ll probably still lose because this is D.C., and nearly everyone playing works for the government. Get ready to rumble at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Looking Glass Lounge, 3634 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 722 7669

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Kitty O’Sheas

The neighborhood bar employs a trivia franchise that sponsors trivia nights across the DMV area. Trivia Kings comes to Kitty’s every Tuesday at 8 p.m. for some fierce competition. The game is broken down into four rounds of ten questions, a handout matching round, an audio round and a final question where you wager points (like in Jeopardy). It also has a Snapchat account where it posts weekly hints. Some questions are quite obscure and might make you scratch your head, but hey, no one else will get it right either! Look out for the reigning champs, The Herpetologists, who have dominated the trivia game for over a year.

Kitty O’Sheas, 4624 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 450 5077

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This college bar offers trivia every Monday at 8:30 p.m., and is hosted by a guy named Peanuts — likely not his real name, but it has never been revealed to trivia goers. The game is held on the bar’s third floor, which is dotted with cozy upholstered chairs and feels more like a penthouse lounge. Trivia specials include $3 Miller Lites, $4 tater tots and $6 nachos.

Tonic, 2036 G St NW, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 296 0211

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Public utilizes a different trivia org, specific to D.C., known as District Trivia. Its website explains, ‘We thrive on creating organized chaos and our main goal is to entertain the crowd. We know that some people take trivia very seriously, we are not those people.’ Head in for a fun night, but remember it’s just a game — people tend to forget that when money off their tabs is at stake. Remember, if in doubt about an answer, this is a sports bar, so the answer is always Lebron James. Check it out on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Public, 1214 18th St NW B, Washington, D.C., USA +1 202 223 2200

Ventnor Sports Café

Bar, Cafe, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, American, Fast Food, $$$
Trivia Tuesdays at Ventnor tend to get heated, and tensions are further egged on by host Matty The Quizmaster (check out his Twitter). Offering over 50 craft beers and above-par pub food, Ventnor excels as both a sports bar and trivia host. The questions aren’t particularly sports-centric, and instead evolve around an assortment of topics that can be quite obscure. The variety makes trivia here better suited for normal people those who don’t know the goalie on the losing team in the 1967 Stanley Cup Finals. The winning team here earns a $25 gift certificate.
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Considered one of the most difficult trivia nights in D.C., this gay sports bar packs plenty of laughs and personality into intellectual conundrums. Hosted by Josh Housdan and Andy Austin for the last seven years, the trivia game is dominated by groups of regular clientele that perhaps enjoy masochism — they all keep coming back after years of shame and crushing defeats. Trivia kicks off on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

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