A Guide to Trivia Nights in Downtown Davis

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UC Davis employees and students share tips and their favorite events

By MONICA ROBERTS — [email protected]

UC Davis students are no strangers to bar “quiz nights” — student-friendly nightlife in the form of competitive brain games. Advertisements for quiz nights plaster downtown bars, and patrons entering during quiz nights might even struggle to find an empty seat at some of these venues. Drunk brains clink glasses and laugh with friends as they wait for the games to begin. So what makes quizzes so popular and why are students so drawn to them?

Woodstock Pizza

Woodstock’s Pizza, four times Best of Davis”best pizzawinner, offers trivia nights with promotions like $9 pitchers of beer after 9 p.m. When you enter Woodstock’s bar, scan the QR code on the front table to be taken to the King Trivia app.

Five minutes before the quiz begins, the MC will announce the member’s ID. Each group is allowed one member to access their phone as each answer will be submitted on the app. Resident quiz master Cody shouts each question into his microphone as they also appear on team phones, making Woodstock’s Pizza the only all-digital trivia in Davis.

First place winners win a $50 Woodstock gift card, while second and third place winners win $25.

university of beer

The self-proclaimed “puppy-friendly” brewery, University of Beer (UOB), hosts its trivia every Wednesday at 9 p.m. when their MC is not available. She said she always participates when she can because she thinks UOB’s trivia is the best in town.

“Trivia night is very busy here,” Pejovich said. “I think we have the best quiz in town because of how interactive it is and our categories have something for everyone. »

UOB’s trivia categories include music, news, history and feature a new category every week. Pejovich said that while they encourage all entrants (21+), tensions can be high to win this prize.

“It’s a bit competitive,” Pejovich said. “Actually, last night we had a tie for second place, so we asked two teams to send a rep and they both had to drink a beer to see who would win.”

The prizes awarded are a $15 gift card for third place, a $20 gift card for second place and $25 for first place. The only (potential) downside to the UOB trivia is that the Davis location doesn’t serve food, but guests are allowed to bring food outside as long as they’re cleaning.

G Street Wunderbar

A watering hole for regulars and older folks, G Street also has quizzes every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Players answer questions on an answer sheet given by the quiz master, which includes general knowledge and pop culture questions with a slight gravitation towards movies and music. . The questions are slightly less academic than the trivia at other Davis locations, as the bar itself isn’t student-centric. Trivia nights at G street tend to be lively but not crowded, and those who don’t play trivia can play pool or mingle in the back.

Prices vary. Winners can receive vouchers for free drinks, shirts, mugs or shot glasses.

Three Mile Brewing Co.

Despite its name, Three Mile Brewing Co. invites people of all ages to take part in its weekly trivia game. The quiz starts at 6 p.m. every Sunday night.

Like at Woodstock’s, groups first log in as a team on the King Trivia app and answer questions on the answer sheet provided by the quiz master. Three Mile employee Claire recommends showing up early to guarantee a spot, as they usually fill up quickly.

“Quiz nights are where we’re busiest,” Claire said. “Sometimes it is impossible to find a place.”

Claire explained that trivia categories vary. Questions can range from general knowledge to solving anagrams of artist names. Prizes for first place are a $15 gift card and any quiz entrant is qualified to enter a prize draw at the end of the game with no purchase necessary.

Sophia’s bar and Thai cuisine

Sophia’s Thai Bar and Kitchen hosts its trivia games every Tuesday evening at 9:30 p.m. popular The Thai restaurant was unofficially named the best trivia in Davis by several locals and UC Davis students. Owner Kevin Won proudly agrees with the title.

“We were the first bar in Davis to host a quiz night,” Won said. “Sophia’s has been a staple in downtown Davis since 2001 and started its anecdotes in 2005.”

Won said he writes the weekly 30 questions himself.

“It’s a weekly process,” Won said. “If I’m watching something on TV or having a conversation with someone, I hear something and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s a good question! and I’ll write it on my notes app.

Won said he tries to make trivial questions student-centered and tend not to be too difficult – but he urged people to form teams with a variety of backgrounds.

“Invite your friend who’s really good at geography, a friend who’s good at movies, and a friend who’s good at history,” Won said. “The fewer members in your group, the less chance you have of winning.”

Although having a diverse team increases your chances of winning, all groups must have a maximum of six participants. Additionally, all trivia fans must be 21 years old and order at least one drink to participate. Any member of your team who is seen with a phone or laptop during a quiz will immediately disqualify the whole team.

The first-place team wins $20 for each team member; Second and third place finishers each win $10 per person. Won said non-winners can also win prizes, such as a bottle of wine or a pack of beer for answering a bonus question, receiving a median score, or even receiving the third-lowest score.

“We want to give everyone the opportunity to leave happy,” Won said.

Written by: Monica Roberts — [email protected]

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