Give your grey matter a workout at these top pub quizzes
Admit it, just thinking about taking part in a pub quiz lights a competitive fire in your belly, doesn’t it?
There’s something about sitting in a pub and whittling down an HB pencil (and a few hours) testing your general, specialist or obscure knowledge that gets us all excited here at Time Out Towers, so here are some of the city’s top quiz nights, including an extra special one that’s coming up soon.
1 Time Out Dubai’s Big, Bad Quiz of the Year Prove that you were paying attention to the biggest news and goings-on in in 2017, with our whopping great Big, Bad Quiz of the Year. On Wednesday January 24, we’re hosting our first ever quiz shining the spotlight on the past 12 months, and you’re invited. Not only is it free, but there are some genius rounds (if we do say so ourselves). Massive prizes await, including concert tickets, brunches and cold, hard cash. Wed Jan 24, 8pm. garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.facebook.com/timeoutdubai (04 427 1000).
2 Bidi Bondi This fun-loving Aussie bar is the laid-back Yin to the Palm Jumeirah’s luxurious Yang. Head down from 8pm on a Monday night for a night of trivia, sport and classic antipodean LOLs. Prizes for the top boffs include Dhs400 vouchers to spend at the bar. Mon, 8pm. Ongoing. Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
3 Crown & Lion The quiz at this pub features the usual rounds – general knowledge, sport, music and so on. Don’t worry if you don’t do well in the quiz itself – it’s followed by some bingo. Mon 8.30pm. Ongoing. Byblos Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 448 8000).
4 Fibber Magee’s This is one of the top Irish bars in the city, and it’s only appropriate that a Dubai institution such as this has a craicing pub quiz to boot. Drop by on a Tuesday night for a monster quiz sesh with all the rounds you’d expect, plus a few curveballs thrown in for good measure. Tue, 8.30pm. Ongoing. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
5 McGettigan’s JBR Having recently arrived on the newly bustling JBR nightlife scene, Wisdom Wednesday is the quizzy offering from the sixth branch of this brilliant Irish pub. The weekly pub quiz night runs from 8pm until 10pm, with dinner and drinks vouchers up for grabs, while everyone’s favourite board games are available throughout the evening. Expect top craic and plenty of laughs along with a good mental workout. Oh, and the newest branch of McGettigan’s is smoke-free inside. Wed, 8pm. Ongoing. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, The Walk, JBR (04 453 5267).
6 Spike Bar Now this pub quiz has perhaps the ultimate prize. The player’s lounge bar and restaurant at Emirates Golf Club is offering up a trip to New York for two if you triumph at the season-long pub quiz. Every Sunday from now until April 1 (except January 28), pit your wits and the top six teams of the season will fight it out on Sunday April 8 to win the grand prize. It’s free, and you may end up in the Big Apple. Sun, 7pm. Until April 8. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 417 9999).
7 The Eloquent Elephant This brilliantly relaxed venue in Business Bay runs its weekly pub quiz every Monday. Tuck into some proper pub grub while your old grey mass gets a workout, and stand to win some nifty prizes. First place wins a Dhs500 voucher to spend at The Eloquent Elephant brunch, with second and third places winning Dhs400 and Dhs300 vouchers respectively. It’s fun, it’s challenging and it gets busy so make sure you’re there early. Mon, 8pm. Ongoing. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3100).
8 The Underground Head along to this proper British pub (well, sort of, if British public house architecture was based on the London Underground), for a proper pub quiz. Expect the bread and butter of quiz rounds, like geography, music, film etcetera, plus a few more rounds that are built to test your creativity. Should you prevail you’ll win vouchers for dinner and or brunch at other outlets in the Habtoor Grand. Tasty. Wed, 8.30pm. Ongoing. Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000).
9 ubk 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. Plus there are drinks and food deals, too, to fuel your brainpower. Mon, 8.30pm. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers – Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT (04 438 0000).