Trivia nights where you can win more than a bar tab

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You can use that smart brain of yours to win stuff like cheese at The Saint Catherine’s trivia night. via Facebook

You can pretty much find trivia any night of the week in Brooklyn. Sure it’s great to win a round or two of drinks, but sometimes we want to feel like we’re on a game show and take home a grand prize—besides a hangover. Here are eleven bars that offer more than a bar tab.

The Saint Catherine
660 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights
Tuesdays, 8pm
No cover

Test your knowledge of arts, sports, and current events. The prizes vary, but mostly consist of clothing, bottle openers, and other swag from beer companies … and the occasional cheese prize?

Whole Foods
214 3rd St., Gowanus
Wednesdays, 7:30pm
No cover

Grocery shop and play trivia all in one place.  The rooftop bar’s trivia night awards amazing prizes including theater tickets, books, gift certificates, and other prizes.

Johnny Mack’s Bar & Grill
1114 8th Ave., South Slope
Tuesdays, 8pm
No cover

This South Slope Bar is known for their amazing prizes. If you’re in desperate need of cash or free shots, this is the place to play, but this summer they’ve also been giving away tickets to Celebrate Brooklyn benefit shows like The National, and VIP tickets to the free shows. Check out their Facebook page for the weekly categories.

191 Smith St., Cobble Hill
Tuesdays, 9pm
No cover

The prizes at this Cobble Hill pub quiz vary from week to week.  They’re often sponsored by beer companies, meaning you’ll win shirts, key chains and beer glasses—you can also win the occasional bottle of wine or personalized t-shirt.

Bar Chord
1008 Cortelyou Rd., Ditmas Park
First Tuesdays of the month, 7pm
No cover

Bar Chord’s Music Trivia does award free drinks, but you can also win jukebox credits (perfect if you’re the type that likes to control the bar jukebox) and other non-bar related prizes.


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Simpsons Trivia is taken seriously at Berry Park. via Simpsons Trivia BK Twitter

Berry Park
4 Berry St., Williamsburg
First Thursday of the month, 7:30 pm
$10 per team, $5 to play solo

Do you know everything about The Simpsons? Prove it at Woo Hoo! Classic Simpsons Trivia Night. Beyond watching three episodes of The Simpsons in between trivia rounds, delicious prizes are promised to the winning team (aka Peter Pan Donuts). You can win yourself an additional piece of Simpsons merchandise by submitting a “Stump the Host” question that the trivia MC can’t answer.

56 5th Ave., Park Slope
First and third Monday of the month, 9:30 pm
No cover

If you’re smart and in need of fast cash (or are hungry), you can win a cool $50 or free food at this Park Slope watering hole. You can even sign up early here.

The Gate
321 5th Ave., Park Slope
Mondays 8 pm
No cover

Trivia night at this Park Slope bar is back after a hiatus. Prizes vary, but always include wings from Bonnie’s Grill as well as the typical bar tab.

The Monro
481 5th Ave., Park Slope
First and third Tuesday each month, 8pm
$1 per person

The more people that come here the better. While there are smaller prizes you can win, first prize takes home the pot.

Lock Yard
9221 5th Ave., Bay Ridge
Wednesdays, 8pm

Every trivia night is a brewery-sponsored night, meaning stuff like branded hats, t-shirts and beer glasses. Recently though, one winning team took home a home brewing kit.

Glorietta Baldy
502 Franklin Ave., Bed-Stuy
Second Wednesday of every month
No cover

Hosted by Beerded Ladies, their “Beer Geek” trivia awards those that knows their hops the best sponsored prizes from breweries, including Feminist Playing Cards, special bottled beers, and beer soap.

Do you frequent any trivia nights with awesome prizes? Let us know where we should be flexing our brain power.


  1. Every 1st and 3rd Thursday is Trivia Night at Three Jolly Pigeons in northern Bay Ridge (6802 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220, no cover), you can find their page here: https://www.facebook.com/3JPTriviaNight

    1st prize is usually a bar tab, but there is also nice swag from their sponsor at Sixpoint Brewey (shirts, 4-packs of beer, steins, hats, etc) and sometimes other prizes like movie tickets. Also, Sixpoints are on special for $3 usually on Trivia nights, so that’s nice.

  2. samleetv

    Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday starting at 8pm we run a really fun night with 4 rounds of questions (inc. 1 visual round) at The Roebling Inn (Atlantic between Hicks and Henry). We do patented shot-buzzer bonus questions, give away beer throughout the night and the winning team gets a $50 bar tab AND homemade buttons! Who doesn’t love a fun button?! Next one’s tomorrow night. See you there!

  3. Casey

    Nerd Alert Trivia at the Black Rabbit (91 Greenpoint Ave.)! Winners get a $30 bar tab and if you get the bonus questions right you get free shots. Every Tuesday, 8 p.m.

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