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Houston gets buzzed with geek trivia

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Graphic: A night with the editor blog series. Graphic created by The Signal Managing Editor Dave Silverio.
Graphic created by The Signal Managing Editor Dave Silverio.

I am a huge fan of pub trivia and I try to play whenever possible but it isn’t as common as it used to be. I conduct trivia nights at my house, but going out to a local bar for trivia is so much more exciting. While watching the television show “Face Off” on SyFy one night, I saw an advertisement for a new show called “Geeks Who Drink.” I thought to myself, “geek trivia with celebrity guests and Zachary Levi as the host? I am so recording this.” I looked at their website and discovered that they do the trivia at local bars.

That week, I went to Neil’s Bahr in Houston for their “Geeks Who Drink” trivia night. It was such an amazing experience. Since the bar has a nerd theme and is known for its geek culture, I had to be prepared. I had a 6-person team and made sure we all had a broad range of knowledge. We had an expert for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, superheroes, Star Wars/Star Trek and we all brought our general knowledge to the table. We walked through the door and the venue was packed. We passed the TV playing, which was screening “Demolition Man”, to marvel at the numerous video game consoles. After skimming the titles of the in-house comic books, we managed to find a table through the T.A.R.D.I.S. door (I guess it’s true what they say, it’s bigger on the inside). While we waited for the game to commence, we played some ping pong and took turns on the MAME cab (multiple arcade machine emulator cabinet) playing everything from Mortal Kombat to Sonic the Hedgehog. After 9 rounds of trivia, 6 rounds of drinks and 2 broken pencils later, we came in 5th place out of 20 people.

The quiz consists of 9 rounds: 6 Q&A rounds, 1 visual round and 2 audio rounds. The majority of the questions have a geek theme but you need to be knowledgeable on politics, geography and pop culture. The game is free to play and your team can consist of 1-6 players.

Even though it was a bit of a drive, it was totally worth it. Plus, there is an amazing taco truck right by the venue for some post-trivia grub. Needless to say, I will be going back to Neil’s Bahr for Geeks Who Drink.

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