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Trivia nights are one of the most fun and challenging ways to add some friendly competition to your usual night out. During the past few years throughout Pittsburgh, trivia nights have been growing in popularity among bar hoppers with the city’s bars and pubs responding to this interest with a variety of quiz nights and trivia events. Many bars now offer weekly trivia nights focused on a wide range of topics as well as great happy hour specials and contests. Whether you’re a trivia buff or you’re gathering your gang for its first trivia night outing, you can’t beat these five local bars and pubs for fun and exciting trivia nights.

Cappy’s Café
5431 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 621-1188

Date: Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

Cappy’s Café is the place to be every Wednesday for one of the best trivia nights in Pittsburgh. Trivia themes change every week and include fun categories centered around upcoming holidays, special events, sports, food, movies and more. You’ll need a team of five players, so grab your pub pals and come up with an awesome team name to score an extra point. Trivia nights at Cappy’s Café fill up fast, so be sure to arrive early to secure a table and enjoy your favorite drinks and a bite to eat while you wait. Find Cappy’s Café in the city’s Shadyside neighborhood.

The Smiling Moose
1306 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 431-4668

Date: Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Start your weekend early with Thursday night trivia at The Smiling Moose in South Side. Its free trivia nights with Jared are consistently named among the best in Pittsburgh thanks to its ability to draw a fun crowd and the awesome half-off draft specials from 9 to 11 p.m. An extensive beer list featuring craft, micro and import bottles, seasonal selections and plenty of draft choices go great with the kitchen’s soup, sandwiches, snacks and salads so you can fuel up before the trivia games begin around 9 p.m. First, second and third place winners will also receive prizes.

The Park House
403 E. Ohio St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 224-2273

Date: Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Whoever said weekends are the best nights to venture to Pittsburgh’s historic tavern, The Park House, has never popped in on a Tuesday evening for the tavern’s weekly trivia night. Radical Trivia with Jeremy is one of the top-rated happenings among regular patrons who come to The Park House to play big and win money off their bar tab. Happy hour specials from 8 to 10 p.m., along with free popcorn and peanuts, round out a night of fierce yet friendly competition. The Park House is situated in the city’s Northside neighborhood of Duestschtown.

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The Beer Hive
2117 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 904-4502

Dates: Music Trivia – Saturdays at 9 p.m.; Trivia Night – Thursdays at 7 p.m.

If you’re a trivia junkie with a vast knowledge of music, The Beer Hive’s Saturday night music trivia nights are sure to score big points with you. Throw in free juke and you’ve got a trivia night that’s sure to rock. Show off your music mastery to your friends and place a fun bet for the winner, like the loser buys a round of The Beer Hive’s latest local craft beers. Name that tune correctly and you just may win some great gift cards as well. If you are not as musically knowledgeable, try your hand at the normal trivia night which takes place on Thursdays. The Beer Hive is located in Pittsburgh’s Strip District on Penn Avenue.

2310 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 821-4355

Date: Tuesdays

No matter which night you stop by Shenanigan’s in Ross Township, you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Pull up a bar stool on Tuesday evenings for the bar’s weekly trivia night. Throw back your favorite beers and grab a light bite with half-off happy hour specials from 3 to 7 p.m. before competing in a friendly round of competition. Shenanigan’s also offers live music, video games, a DJ with karaoke, pool tables and several big screen televisions.

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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with today’s generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at