The Palm Jumeirah urban sports bistro invites MC and Dubai Eye presenter Ross Crist once a week to present five rounds of seemingly gruelling pub quiz questions. In reality, and for the most part, they’re not all that perplexing, but considering the stiff competition – we were up against at least nine other teams of five or more people on our visit – you’ve got to be pretty clued-up to win. It starts with some general knowledge to ease you in, followed by geography, a guess-the-celebrity photo round and an obligatory sport section. It finishes up with current affairs (hot tip: read the news before you go). This quiz fills up, but there’s plenty of room in the venue, so get there before 8pm to register with Crist, and you’re unlikely to miss out. Just make sure you’re in a group of at least four (or more if you actually want to win).
Sample question: What is the name of the ancient Roman system for under-floor heating using hot air? Oddest round: It’s all very mainstream at this Monday gig. Prizes: Spot prizes include breakfast vouchers for Sun& Mediterranean lounge. The main prize is four vouchers for Barrel 12’s brunch. Mon 8pm.
The pub is always busy and it’s no different at quiz time. In fact, the amount of people milling about make it quite difficult to hear the quizmaster at times. Nonetheless, it’s fun and not too hard for casual quiz-goers. Rounds include pictures, music and general knowledge, with a few more difficult, themed rounds thrown in. It starts and finishes promptly, and the venue fills up, so be sure to get there early.
Sample question: Which island was Nelson Mandela imprisoned on? Oddest round: Cryptic clues that are all linked to one theme. First you need to work out the theme, then the answers. We failed. Prizes: First place: Dhs600 F&B voucher, second place: Dhs300 voucher, third place: Dhs150 voucher. Tue 8pm.
The pub quiz attracts quite a crowd. Get there early to nab a table and grab a bite to eat from the delicious menu of grub (it’s also happy hour from 5pm to 8pm, and again after the quiz from midnight until 2am, when drinks are half price). Quizmaster Olly Frost has only been hosting the night since July and he’s still carving out his mark as compare, but banters with the crowd, keeping the night fun and light-hearted. The quiz features five rounds – general knowledge, name-that-actor and film, a visual round, a sport round and name-that-tune (and artist). The atmosphere is more about the fun of it rather than fierce competition, so get a team together and enjoy the night.
Sample question: Number of miles, as the crow flies, from London to Rome? Oddest round: The visual round. On our visit, teams had to identify a number of brands’ and sports team’s logos. Prizes: The winners get brunch for four at Girders, while runners up get drinks vouchers to be used within three months. Mon 8pm.
Surprisingly, for a quiz in a sports bar in the middle of Sports City, there isn’t a round on sport. Instead, they range from movies to music and famous world landmarks. The last section is a wipeout round, which is useful if you haven’t done well for the previous few, as it can really level the playing field, sending teams from the top of the leader board right down to the bottom (in our case).
Sample question: What’s the name of the founder of the frozen food industry? Oddest round: The movie round, where you have to name the film from the short clip that is shown. Prizes: First prize is a Dhs400 voucher to spend at Kickers. Tue 7.30pm.
You don’t even have to be that clever to win prizes at the weekly McGettigan’s quiz, so don’t worry if you haven’t had time to revise – there’s a game of bingo in between each round, and the first person to cross out a line of numbers wins free drinks for their team. Hosted by Jono from Dubai 92, there are rounds on general knowledge, geography and music. The music round can be pretty eclectic, with artists ranging from A-ha to Britney Spears on the night we went along.
Sample question: What’s the word for both a type of tree and baby teeth? Oddest round: The picture round, with cryptic pictures relating to films – a classroom full of boulders was School of Rock, obviously. Prizes: The top three teams get the chance to spin a wheel to decide their prize, which include brunch for four at McGettigan’s, Aquaventure tickets or the contents of the quizmaster’s wallet. Tue 8pm.
With a clientele of mainly British expats over the age of 40, it makes perfect sense that Mr Toad’s weekly pub quiz should be more Cilla Black than Lady Gaga. The stream of banter between the regulars and DJ Ian Cox makes for some good laughs, but if you’ve come to win, here’s what you’ll need on your team: an old-school movie buff, a history-lover and someone born before 1970. With no sport and nothing remotely current, this is a quiz for veterans and nostalgics.
Sample question: How did the singer Otis Redding die in 1967? Oddest round: In the wipeout round, you’re given five film quotes and you have to write down the movie they’re from. But don’t, though, because if you get one wrong, you lose all your points. Prizes: Vouchers and Mr Toad’s merchandise for the top three teams. Wed 8pm.
It’s a pretty straightforward quiz night at this bar devoted to all things Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. There are four rounds: general knowledge, sport, music and a picture round. One round can be played as a joker for double points. It’s a popular evening, with couples and large groups of friends taking part. This one will appeal most to those who like a traditional pub quiz.
Sample question: What is the term for a female swan? Oddest round: It’s all pretty standard here. Prizes: These vary, but usually include free meals and discounts at the bar. Mon 8pm.
This leisurely quiz night allows for time to catch up with friends and tuck into some of the proper (gastro) pub grub for brain fuel while you tackle the questions. It’s fairly Brit-centric (think UK pop culture and sport), but there’s a variety of rounds to break up the evening – from brain-teasers and picture rounds to guess the intro. We were left scratching our heads in the final make or break round on our visit, but overall, it’s challenging, but fun. It gets busy, so arrive early to grab a seat.
Sample question: Which footballer has won the FA Cup the most times? Oddest round: Work out the palindromes. Prizes: First place: Dhs600 brunch voucher, second place: Dhs400 brunch voucher, third place: Dhs300 brunch voucher. Mon 8pm.
Hosted by former Radio 1 DJ Danny Cee and his (now retired) cohort Ross, Pub Quizology is one of Dubai’s most popular – on our visit, it was practically standing room-only. Booking is essential. Staple quiz rounds are all covered – sport, music, film, geography – with question one in most being pretty easy, presumably to give you a false sense of intelligence. The questions are helpfully displayed on TV screens for when the atmosphere hits fever pitch.
Sample question: Who won a Golden Raspberry Award for both worst actor and worst actress in 2012? Oddest round: The create-something-out-of-plasticine round. Prizes: Vouchers for brunch and dinner at The Underground Pub. Wed 8.30pm.
This quiz is led by Virgin Radio’s Big Rossi and attracts a regular crowd, with no small number of creative geniuses among them (the rotating plasticine/origami rounds see some outstanding creations). More traditional rounds cover the usual suspects, from sport to music, via current affairs. Drinks deals and a Dhs99 chicken wings offer are added bonuses.
Sample question: What was the name of Backstreet Boys’ second album, released in 1999? Oddest round: They vary each week, but on our visit, the most unusual was the paper aeroplane round, where teams were tasked with building the vessel that could fly the furthest through the pub. Prizes: Vouchers for ubk, including brunch and drinks. Mon 8.30pm.
The quiz at this English pub features the usual rounds – general knowledge, sport, music and so on. And don’t worry if you don’t do well in the quiz itself – it’s followed by a few rounds of bingo, where you can also win prizes. Mon 8.30pm.
As well as Tuesday being the night of the Irish pub’s weekly quiz (pictured), it’s also Fibber Magee’s ladies’ night, so it gets pretty crowded. Rounds range from general knowledge to plasticine modelling. Free. Tue 9pm.
The quiz here is hosted by Dubai 92’s Catboy and is one of the few quizzes in the city where you can also enjoy a buffet dinner for Dhs125-195. Rounds include arts and crafts and a music round, with Catboy’s four-year-old daughter doing her best to sing pop songs. Mon 7pm (booking essential).
According this bar, its quiz night is one of the longest-running in Dubai. It’s hosted by quizmaster Phil Richardson and you can enjoy a buffet for Dhs125-300 while you test your general knowledge. Mon 8pm.
Prizes at this crowded quiz include drinks and brunch packages, so get down early if you want to stand a chance of winning them. At the last quiz of every month, there’s also a Dhs500 prize to be snapped up by the lucky team. Tue 9pm.