Nothing impresses the opposite sex more than brains. Well, maybe there’s wealth, a keen sense of humor, a scintillating personality, and great teeth, but we’re talking party atmosphere, here. It’s time to drop that knowledge like you’re giving that pretentious Trebek the intellectual beatdown of his career. In other words, if you’d like to score, you first need to play the game. And in nightlife, the game of choice is trivia. Here are five spots to strut your mastery of all things inconsequential.
2013 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Located mere blocks from Rittenhouse Square, the Irish owned and operated The Bards is an authentic experience. On the menu you can find such delights as Potato Cakes, Beer Cheddar Fondue, Farmhouse Toasties (ham, Swiss, and roasted pear or provolone, spinach, and mushroom), Shepherd’s Pie, and Irish Stew (lamb, root vegetables, and fresh herbs, in a light broth). The bar features the expected selection of favorites such as Guinness, Smithwicks, and Harp, along with a dozen rotating craft specials. The Bards call their Quizzo “Pub Quiz” and it happens every Thursday at 9:15 p.m. Winners receive prizes and giveaways. While living it up at this popular establishment, be sure to text all your friends “At The Bards, Irish you were here!”
112 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Ten flat screen TVs, a full reasonably priced bar featuring seasonal rotating drafts, happy hour, and Tuesday night Quizzo (complete with cash prizes) starting at 6:30 p.m. Sound like a great place? Located in the heart of Jewelers’ Row on the edge of Thomas Jefferson University, this atmospheric gem offers everything from tavern treats to gourmet specialties. Hit your stride with neighborhood pride in Coco’s friendly establishment.
3000 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sláinte is the Irish pub and restaurant located within walking distance from 30th Street Station on the outskirts of Drexel University. The name, pronounced “slawn-cha,” is Gaelic word meaning health, which is a common drinking toast in Ireland and Scotland. With its impressive arched ceilings and classic wood furnishing that were constructed in Waterford, Ireland, this atmospheric establishment offers a winning spot to play. On Tuesday nights, starting at 9 p.m., patrons are able to partake of $2.50 domestic pints, $3.50 Sam Adams pints, and $5 appetizers while playing Philadelphia’s original Quizzo with 1st, 2nd and spot prizes offered.
Smokey Joe’s Tavern
210 S. 40th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Located on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Smokey Joe’s is Philadelphia’s public frat party. For over 70 years, this “Pennstitution” has been a thriving locale for the happening kids in town. Featuring pizza, burgers, and beer, Thursday is the night to come with your thinking cap on because that’s when DJ Marky Molarz leads the venue in a fabulously fun night of Quizzo Trivia. Come casual and stay to play. Smokey Joe’s is a divinely dive-y good time for the Penn crowd and beyond.
Stogie Joe’s Tavern
1801 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Stogie Joe’s opened in 2008 in the historic East Passyunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Leuzzi family’s dream was to create an establishment that offered homemade goodness and a comfortable location to come hang with friends and relax over a cold beer. And, if you’re looking to be rewarded for your knowledge, the Monday night 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Quizzo night offers a 1st prize of $100 cash! Runner up gets $50 in a Stogie Joe’s Tavern gift card while 3rd place takes home a $25 Stogie Joe’s Tavern gift card. Come on in, be the best and claim your reward for having a good time!
Allen Foster, a lifelong Greater Philadelphia resident, has been writing about all those wonderful things that make us feel so alive for over 20 years. He approaches each day as an adventure, eager to discover what new and vibrant surprises await just around life’s corner. You can see his work on Examiner.com.