A Huge List of Bar Trivia Nights in San Francisco (And Oakland and Berkeley Too!)
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Trivia is exactly what its name tells you: the trivial gunk knowledge that clogs up the important, higher functioning regions of your brain. And unless you’re the one percent of brain gunk retainers, you can’t put any of that to use on a game show. (Unless that show is Family Feud, but to do well on that show your brainscape just has to be a boring place.) The good news is, you can still put all that useless knowledge to some good use. Lots of bars have trivia nights, offering prizes that usually take the form of FREE beer or food. Hang out with your friends, your coworkers, your significant other’s weird friends that he/she is trying to get you to like, your enemies, whatever, and test your knowledge of useless things. There will be invariably be a disproportionate amount of 80’s pop culture knowledge required and a team that thinks it’s so clever to make their name “Just the Tip.” Here are some drinking establishments that offer trivia nights in SF, Oakland, and Berkeley.
This list is (probably) not comprehensive. Do you have a trivia night you like that’s not on the list? Want to say something about one of these trivia nights? Let us know in the comments.
1822 San Pablo Avenue
Team limit of 5, make sure to try the rotating Belgian tap.
441 26th Street,
2249 20th Street
824 Irving Street
You are welcome to bring your own snacks, if you so desire.
1854 Pacific Avenue
[Lower Pacific Heights]
2730 21st Street
They have tacos, but not the authentic kind that draws white people to the Mission.
2600 Durant Avenue
Be prepared to step into the ring with some wise-ass Cal students.
3325 Grand Avenue
Cato’s Ale House
8931 Piedmont Avenue
There’s a good selection of beer on tap here, and they’ll give you crayons and paper if you ask.
Edinburgh Castle Pub
950 Geary Street
Once you get past the façade and the fact there’s no lighting inside, it’s not a bad bar.
Mad Dog in the Fog
530 Haight Street
The Bitter End
441 Clement Street
There’s a prize for the best team name, and there tends to be lots of drunk people who think they’re reaaal funny shouting out incorrect answers.
3200 16th Street
The game tends to run pretty long (sometimes past midnight) and there is limited space in the bar.
4054 20th Street
3242 Pierce Street
198 5th Street,
925 Bush Street
Trivia night coincides with ladies night, when you can get five dollar peach mojitos.
1353 Grant Street
1568 Haight Street
Quiz includes the Chef’s Challenge Round, where one team wins a free pizza.
1609 Powell Street
309 Cortland Avenue
Quiz is pop-culture heavy. Not the place for people who pay attention to the important facts.
901 Gilman Street
The value of the gift card for the winning team is enough to buy two 64 oz. growlers.
Pacific Coast Brewing Company
906 Washington Street
Ben & Nick’s
8:30 College Avenue
668 Haight Street
555 North Point Street
A good quiz for sports fans.
3200 24th Street
Rather slow moving, prepare to be here for a while.
1901 Union Street
Bobby G’s Pizzeria
2072 University Avenue
911 Washington Street
Racer 5’s for three dollars!
389 Grand Avenue
You can bring your dog. Drunk people love dogs. It varies how much dogs love drunk people.
Elephant & Castle
424 Clay Street
Trivia for the post-work crowd.
Rogue Ale House
673 Union Street
747 3rd Street
Red Tomato Pizza House
2017 University Avenue
Pitchers are a dollar off during trivia. Also they have gluten-free pizza, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Do you have a trivia night you like that’s not on the list? Want to say something about one of these trivia nights? Let us know in the comments.
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