A look at the tradition of pub trivia

Pub trivia is a beloved activity among bar goers, which allows the sharpest patrons the chance to show off their knowledge and win some prizes too. While pub trivia has only become popular in the United States over the past few decades, it is a long-standing tradition in English pubs across the pond. Here is a closer look at the history of pub quiz night to help you prepare for a fast, challenging evening of trivia at Mullen’s Bar & Grill.

European origins

The first pub trivia nights are believed to have taken place in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s. These quizzes began as small, individual quizzes and grew to the more social team-based format enjoyed around the world today. Teams generally consist of no more than six players who submit their answers in a written format.

Quiz-worthy material

Most of the material used in pub trivia is based in pop culture and current events. However, some history and puzzle questions may be thrown in for an extra challenge. There may be a theme to the evening’s questions, or they might represent a random sampling of trivia from quiz books and bar literature.

Prizes and incentives

Prizes can vary depending on the pub, but typically you can expect free drinks, cash prizes and novelty prizes as rewards for your knowledge. Just remember that cheating with your cell phone is absolutely prohibited, and use of a secondary device can nullify your score.

For great fun and delectable pub fare in Lisle, join Mullen’s Bar & Grill for Team Trivia at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. You can take a look at all the weekly specials and upcoming events happening at Mullen’s by visiting their website or calling 630-505-0240.

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