Vail trivia: Check out weekly Trivia Night at these 4 restaurants, bars
If you’re looking for a dose of community, camaraderie and competition, belly up during the week for trivia night at a Vail Valley watering hole.
Minturn residents Kevin Banker and Adrienne Templeton have often attended Trivia Night at Vail Brewing Co. in Eagle-Vail. The couple doesn’t make it every Wednesday, but both Banker and Templeton said it’s a great mid-week break.
“It’s a fun outlet that keeps your brain moving,” Banker said. “And you’re having a blast with your friends and other teams at the same time.”
Learn a little, enjoy some specials, catch up with friends and meet new people — sounds like what could be a perfect apres-ski or post-work evening.
“I love trivia whenever I stumble upon it,” said longtime valley local Corrie Crane.
Templeton said she used to attend trivia in Fort Collins when she lived there, and that whether on the Front Range or in the mountains, it’s always been a perfect “mid-week release.”
“You have a time limit on each of your rounds, so whatever stuff you have going on in your life you can pretty much hang that at the door and it can be your own little escape,” she said. “It’s not going home and dealing with lists or chores — you’re here and you’ve got to focus.”
Trivia is often up to teams of around six, depending on the host’s rules, and solo players can enter as well if they’ve got the brains for it. If you want to play and you don’t have a team, come anyway — single players can often be recruited to join an existing team.
Vail Ale House — West Vail
Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.
Geeks Who Drink is a homegrown pub trivia quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Vail Ale House, along with Vail Brewing Co., use Geeks Who Drink for their Trivia nights. The quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television.
Test your knowledge at Vail Ale House at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and enjoy food and drink specials, along with prizes for the winners.
Vail Brewing Co. — Eagle-Vail
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Happy Hour is from 4-6 p.m. prior to trivia
It’s another night with Geeks Who Drink at Vail Brewing Co. in Eagle-Vail on Wednesday nights.
“There are usually a lot of familiar faces at VBC trivia nights,” said Ian Calhoun, director of marketing. “You might end up feeling like you’ve spent the evening with a brewery full of your closest friends — and sometimes maybe you have.”
Loaded Joe’s — Avon
Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.
Drink specials: $4 beer from Bonfire Brewing (four options)
Expect an interactive and fun evening at Loaded Joe’s every Tuesday evening. Trivia kicks off at 8:30 p.m. and the winning team gets $50 knocked off their bar tab.
“The trivia questions themselves are interesting and light-hearted, not just dry facts or statistics,” said Brandt Olsen, director of operations for Loaded Joe’s.
Southside Benderz — Avon
Wednesdays 9 p.m.
Drink specials: $3 house wine and Voodoo Ranger IPA and 1554 drafts; $7.95 cheesesteaks
Win $100 at the Southside Benderz trivia night on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. The winning team splits the money, so the more people you have the more you have to split it, but sometimes the more brains the better.
“Our Trivia Night is hosted by one of our best bartenders, Derek Brouwer,” said manager Ben Gerlach. “He spends his limited free time developing 10 questions for each round and has four rounds each week, all of which are categorized.” “Each round has three questions which earn a free shot, essential for proper brain chemistry.”
Free Memorial Day screening of “They Shall Not Grow Old” is one-off event before the Vilar Performing Arts Center’s summer series kicks off next month.