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.
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?
214 3rd St., Gowanus
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
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.
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’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.
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
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.
321 5th Ave., Park Slope
Mondays 8 pm
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.
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.
9221 5th Ave., Bay Ridge
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.
502 Franklin Ave., Bed-Stuy
Second Wednesday of every month
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.