Test Your Smarts with Trivia Nights in the D

By: Amber Ogden | February 24, 2015

When you’ve had a stressful eight hours at work or a hectic day at home with the kids, some time to unwind is very much needed at the end of the day. Need a great way to decompress? Grab a group of friends and head to trivia night! While you may think that going out is only for weekends and that nothing fun could possibly happen on a Tuesday night, you’re wrong on both counts.

Whether you’re book smart or street smart (or a little bit of both), trivia nights are fun for all involved. Here’s a handy guide of trivia nights in Metro Detroit where you can test your smarts each night of the week:

Tuesday

Mr. B’s Pub, 215 S. Main St., Royal Oak, hosts Sporcle Live trivia at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Be sure to stick around after the second round for late night happy hour from 10 pm. to 2 a.m., when you can enjoy $4.50 call drinks, $3.50 drafts and $2.50 bottles.

Naturally, the competitive atmosphere may make you hungry. If so, snack on the Fried Ravioli (stuffed with three cheeses), Crispy Coconut Shrimp (served with a zesty orange dipping sauce) or the Southwest Sampler (quesadilla rolls, mexi skins and jalapeno poppers served with salsa) while you play. Through the end of the month, wash it down with the beer of the month—an 18 oz. draft ice cold Labatt Blue—for just $4.

Wednesday

Brick’s of Northville, 133 W. Main St., Northville, hosts My Trivia Live on Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The sports bar is a local favorite, and Wednesdays also feature half off select appetizers and half off bottles of wine. What more do you need to enjoy a night out?

If you’re more of a beer guy or gal, take a peek at the draft list here, as well as the numerous specialty cocktails. A Valentine Tart (local Valentine Vodka with muddled strawberries and limes and tonic) or Brick’s Classic Mojito (Bacardi Rum with mint, simple syrup and soda) will surely improve your game. Don’t forget to order a few small plates for the table to share, like some Barbecue Pork Sliders (topped with pickle chips) or Loaded Pub Chips (homemade potato chips topped with Cheddar cheese, scallions, bacon and chipotle sour cream).

Thursday

McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar, 1460 Michigan Ave., Detroit, holds Sporcle Live trivia every Thursday beginning at 8 p.m., with a second round following an hour later. You’re obviously there for the brainteasers, but get a taste of some Irish Egg Rolls (stuffed with cabbage, scallion, corned beef, Swiss cheese and potato), Bourbon Smoked Salmon Spread (served with beer bread and veggies) or Buffalo Chicken Wraps (wrapped in wontons and deep fried) while you’re at it.

Whiskey is an obvious choice to whet your whistle, but if you prefer something a little less potent, you can also grab a beer or signature cocktail.

Friday

Floodz Sports Bar, 17600 Clinton River Rd., Clinton Twp., overlooks the Fern Hill golf course and knows how to get the party started on the weekend with Sporcle Live on Friday nights! Trivia begins at 8 p.m.

When you’re ordering a round of appetizers, be sure to try the house favorite, Arancini (deep fried rice balls with meat sauce and peas), along with Chicken Cherry Lollipops (with Michigan dried cherries, walnuts, Boursin cheese and apple cider dipping sauce) or Breaded Eggplant Pinwheels (eggplant stuffed with ricotta, sundried tomato basil, Asiago cheese and balsamic glaze). This month’s featured beer is Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale, and Perrin’s Razzberry Blonde is on tap as well—two great choices to sip while you play!

Saturday

Shield’s Pizza, 1476 W. Maple Rd., Troy, hosts Quizzo trivia every Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. This place has been a longstanding favorite since 1937, and not just for pizza, but ribs, salads and more.

Grab your crew, split a Gold Medal (brick and Romano cheese, banana peppers, red peppers and tomatoes), Shield’s Super (pepperoni, brick cheese, mushrooms, onions, green pepper and ham) or Athenian (cheese, spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms) pie, and prepare for victory.

Sunday

O’Malley’s Bar and Grill, 15231 Farmington Rd., Livonia, hosts My Trivia Live from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. If you’re booked, don’t fret, because the bar does a repeat performance on Mondays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.!

If you and your group need some brain fuel, order a round of Pub Chips (thinly sliced and fried potatoes served regular, Cajun or ranch style), Nacho Supreme (with ground beef, cheese, onion, tomato, black olives and shredded lettuce) or A Full Pound of Wings (jumbo wings with your choice of 911, Barbecue or Parmesan sauce).

Monday

Ashley’s, 338 South State St., Ann Arbor, has been an area staple for over 30 years, and you don’t want to miss out on Sporcle Live on Monday nights! Live trivia begins at 7 p.m.

Participating on an empty stomach is never a good idea, so you and your group may want to share some Chicken Curry Fries (smothered with chicken curry sauce), Fried Cheese Curds (breaded with panko) or a Goat Cheese Pizza (with tomato sauce, Mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and caramelized onions). More importantly, there are numerous beers on tap, including Short’s Soft Parade, Crooked Tree IPA, Founders Red Eye and Griffin Claw Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout.

Testing your smarts was never so much fun! Spice up your routine this week and head to a trivia night in the D with your friends. You just might learn something!