Whether you're obsessed with playing HQ Trivia, are harboring a secret love for Steve Harvey, or can't stop binge-watching reruns of Jeopardy!, we can all agree that there's something exhilarating about using your know-how to earn prizes.
But you don't have to go on TV to earn the big bucks. Head to these Baltimore bars and restaurants for trivia that'll be sure to put your mind to the test. And with special drink promotions, food deals, cash prizes, and creative theme nights, these bars will have everyone feeling like a winner. Grab a pint, pick a clever team name, recruit your smartest teammates, and get ready for some friendly competition.
El Bufalo Tequila Bar & Kitchen: Charm City Trivia hosts a Sunday games at this Canton restaurant through May. There's a variety of tequila drinks, specialty house salsas, and family-style nachos—perfect for sharing with your team. And with so many delicious plates, are there really any losers? 2921 O'Donnell St., 410-814-0594
Crossbar: While Sundays are typically dedicated to recovering, Sunday Funday trivia at this German beer hall in Federal Hill is a great way to unwind. Featuring two floors, four bars, long picnic tables, games, and giant boots of beer, Crossbar is a guaranteed fun time. Trivia always features a new theme, and all donations go to a different charity each week. Sit back, relax, and put your game-face on. 18 E Cross St. 8-10 p.m.
Homeslyce: At Homeslyce's Federal Hill location, the fun and games start at 7 p.m., but the drink specials go all night long. Get $4 Deep Eddy drinks, $4 Coppola wines, $3.50 seasonal beer, $5 craft draft beer, and $2.50 Miller Lite, Bud Light, and Natty Boh bottles and cans. Or split a $12 seasonal pitcher with your teammates and prepare to dominate. 1741 Light St., 443-501-4000
Kooper's Tavern: Kooper's Tavern is known for its BYOB (build your own burger) menu. And nothing pairs better with a burger than a bucket of beers and some friendly competition. Kooper's trivia starts at 8 p.m., it's free to play, and the happy hour specials last all night. There's only one rule: No Sunday Scaries allowed. 1702 Thames St., 410-563-5423
Looney's Pub: The Perry Hall location of this fan-favorite pub hosts a Sunday trivia with awesome eats and drinks to share with your team. Upcoming themes include Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Office. 2900 O'Donnell St., 410-675-9235
Black Eyed Suzie's: This Bel Air bar mourns Mondays in the best way—by offering $5 martinis all day. Grab a glass (or three) and stay for the weekly trivia game at 7 p.m., hosted by Charm City Trivia. The toss-up winners get free Suzie Bombs.119 South Main St., 443-271-799
Cafe Hon: Hosted by Charm City Trivia, Cafe Hon's trivia night starts at 8 p.m. Earn a $20 gift certificate for first place, a $15 gift certificate for second, and a $10 gift certificate for third. There's also weekly drawings for more chances to win and tons of drinks specials.1002 W 36th St., 410-243-1230
Frazier's on the Avenue: Head over to Frazier's on the Avenue for a weekly trivia night that starts at 8 p.m. The Hampden dive will be serving up deals like $2.50 domestic bottles and $5 tots all night long. Order your toasty tots plain or dip them in chipotle ketchup or Sriracha ranch. Be sure to indulge in crowd favorites: burgers and jukebox music. 919 W 36th St., 410-662-4914
World of Beer: Towson’s World of Beer will be hosting Trivia Tuesdays with Showtime Trivia from now until November 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Our favorite part about this beer bar? The happy hour menu. Not only do they feature discounted drafts, wine, and spirits, but also $5 shareable plates from 3-7 p.m. (Think tacos, mac and cheese bites, chicken sliders, etc.) 125 E Joppa Rd. 7:30 p.m.
AJ’s on Hanover: Every Wednesday, AJ’s on Hanover in South Baltimore hosts Charm City Trivia featuring drink specials and various prizes. Drink deals include $3 Miller Lite and $5 Union Brewery drafts, as well as AJ’s signature old-fashioneds. Past themes have included How I Met Your Mother and Disney+, so check the Facebook page to prepare. First, second, and third place winners take home gift cards and exciting surprises. 1500 S Hanover St. 8-10 p.m.
Brewer's Cask: With 20 rotating draft lines and an expansive bottle collection, Brewer's Cask boasts one of the most eclectic beer lineups in Baltimore. Enjoy the brews and get in on Charm City Trivia bingo and music bingo every Wednesday night. 1236 Light St., 410-273-9377
James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant: On the third Wednesday of every month, this Harbor East pub celebrates more than just Ireland. Play trivia at James Joyce and enjoy a pint of Guinness with a hearty traditional meal starting at 7 p.m. 616 S President St. 7 p.m.
Molly's Irish Pub: Bring your 'A' game to this local trivia night. The game goes from 7:30-10:30 p.m., and the winners get more than just bragging rights: The round winners get free shots, the runner up wins $10, and the game winner claims the cash prize of $25. 1053 Rte 3 North, 410-451-4222
Nepenthe Brewing Co.: Nepenthe Brewing Company in Hampden offers team trivia on Wednesday’s with Showtime Trivia. With 14 beers on tap and past themes ranging from Seinfeld to Dr. Who, there’s no reason to skip. Get there early to participate in happy hour from 4-7 p.m., with specials including a $4 pint of the day, $1 off wine and cocktails, and $7 boilermakers. 3626 Falls Rd. 7 p.m.
Ottobar: Check out the upstairs of this Remington bar from 7-9 p.m. for trivia hosted by Showtime Trivia. There's weekly prizes for the winning teams and cash prizes for the top teams in the region at the end of the season. The best part? After trivia, you can stay at the Ottobar for late-night karaoke at 10 p.m. 2549 North Howard St., 410-662-0069
R. House: Every Wednesday is pizza and trivia night at R. House, hosted by AMAculate Entertainment, Molina Pizza, and R. Bar. With 11 different stalls, this food hall has been bringing people together through cuisine, drinks, and events since 2016. Molina Pizza takes part by serving $8 classic pies from 5-9 p.m., with trivia starting at 7 p.m. 301 W 29th St. 7p.m.
Max's Taphouse: There's no better place to show off your knowledge of useless information than at Max's Taphouse. Starting at 8 p.m., Charm City Trivia hosts game night in Max's upstairs Mobtown Lounge. There's free shots for the toss-up winners, so bring your nerdiest friends and get ready for a boozy bout. 737 South Broadway, 410-675-6297
Mother's Federal Hill Grille: The competition is fierce at this trivia night hosted by Charm City Trivia. The games start at 7:30 p.m, and from the know-it-alls to the novices, the weekly game night is open to everyone. 1113 S Charles St., 410-244-8686