Wake up with Al, err, Pour House Pub Trivia! Tuesday recap!

Pour House pub trivia‘s Tuesday woke up with Al (Roker, that is, though props to those of you who went with Weird Al), Pursued Happyness (and correct spelling) and had a lot of raucous live trivia in Virginia and Maryland!

Check out the bevy of pub quiz games below, gang!

Capitol City Brewing Company – Arlington, VA

In addition to the not-so-friendly rivalry between the Cubs and the Cardinals, we had some friendly trivia rivalries at Capitol City Brewing in Shirlington.  The Capital Hillbillies (tonight playing as ‘Brock for Broglio’) led wire-to-wire, and had a comfortable lead heading into the final question.  The final proved to be rather difficult, as only two teams turned in the correct response.  But one of those two teams were our leaders, who turned in another victory on the season.  The Urban Achievers were the other team to hit the final, and they jumped all the way to second place, while Gus Polinski and the Kenosha Kickers took third with a smart wager.  Next week, we’ll start with a question on the Cubs – Cardinals rivalry!   ~ Matt



Champion Billiards – Frederick, MD

A final I say, a final is what decided our rankings at Champions tonight. Everyone thought they were good; they thought they were solid. Then the majority of our top 3 teams didn’t come up with the right company and they mighty tumbled right out of the top slots. Was fun to announce the final answer and placing, when everyone is surprised like that! Proof positive that you play all the way up to the end.
Was an interesting night of some very common wrong answers, I still love how you all thought the IRS was the Secret Service.. I can see it I guess, scary, suits, sunglasses. I know you all went home with funky Cold Medina stuck in your head. Or at least 1.25 seconds of it stuck in your head.

So, what you really want to know- Our final placings. In 3rd tonight it was Jungle Fever, moving up from 5th. 2nd went to Thundercats and 1st was the not to be denied gentlemen of Comfortably Dum. Awesome. Almost as awesome as next weeks category- the ‘83 Baltimore Orioles. Should be fun. 🙂


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Cugini’s Restaurant – Poolesville, MD

Thanks again to all the fine folks down here in Poolesville for coming out here to Cugini’s for a little Tuesday live trivia action, and tonight it was the final question that really turned the scores (and some heads)!

Here are the results of tonight’s game:

U Talkin’ to Me in 1st

Drunk N Disorderly in 2nd

Ya Never Know in 3rd

Join me back here next week where our first category will be Blonde Bombshells!

~ Ronnie

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Celebrity Bar and Grill, Hollywood Casino – Perryville, MD

Last nights winner at the The Celebrity Bar & Grill was literally unstoppable! It was a weird one for sure last night and after it was over, this is how it looked: In 3rd we had Subject To Change, in 2nd was I’m Just Making This Up as I Go Along and extending their winning streak yet ANOther week was Jersey Shore!!

They picked the Oscars for next Tuesday’s winner’s choice category so study up and lets make next week a good one at Celebrity Bar & Grill!!

~ Jon J

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Greene Turtle – Hagerstown, MD

You really should have seen Tuesday’s game at the Green Turtle in Hagerstown!

By the half, there was a 6 point spread between first and 5th. It stayed neck and neck into the fourth round. The final question flipped the chart on this one.

Rice Rice Baby brought in third place. The Cobra’s strategically wagered their way into 2nd place. But Cotton Candy took the prize. Next week’s first question will be in the category of Pittsburgh Steelers Superbowl Teams.

– Sean Maher

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Monkey La La – Frederick, MD

Al Roker? I hardly know her! (I even had a weird dream last night ab out Al Roker after La La pub trivia night! That’s how far down into my subconscious La La trivia night goes!

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Great times last night everyone! Thanks for coming out and throwing down a little bit of live trivia fun with us for a few hours! While the Cubs made history on TV and the politicians debated, we were learning some fun facts about Belarus, One Direction and of course, Wild Bill Hickock 🙂

Congrats to our Top 3 in tonight’s game. Well played everyone!

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Next week’s category is a fun one: “Triple 50/50 Who Said it? Yogi Berra or Kanye West?” LMAO!

Good stuff! Have fun studying up on that one my friends. Have a great week and I will see you soon.

DG 🙂

Orioles Nest #331 – Frederick, MD

Oh man, tonight we were absolutely packed in at the Orioles Nest. Almost all the regular teams were out in full force, and we even had some old friends who hadn’t been seen for awhile make an appearance. The staff even had to bring out an extra table or two to find some seating for a few teams, but luckily things worked out splendidly. We started tonight’s game of pub quiz with an audio question about the band Slipknot, which led to quite a bit of groans and eye rolling from most of the teams.

Lucky for everyone, however, we gave hints for the different songs that were being played in the question, so everybody had a good chance at getting it right. I was a bit disappointed in the songs that were picked for the question, as I was hoping for some of the classic stuff that I actually know. Oh well, maybe next time! Afterwards was a question about things that are also punctuation marks, and the one that tripped up the most teams was the literary technique known as an apostrophe, which happens when a character addresses an absent person, an abstract idea, or a thing as if it were something that can actually be talked to.

I was a bit confused on the next question, as I’m not sure if some teams understood me correctly when I asked about countries in the western hemisphere that have the most population behind the USA. Some teams gave me countries in the Eastern hemisphere and one team inexplicably handed in continents as their answer. However, most teams knew that Brazil and Mexico have a ton of people, but almost nobody knew that Colombia is next on the list. After this the Bible question for the night caused a bit of turmoil early in the game, asking which book the story of Noah is in. Teams were split between Genesis and Exodus, but the correct answer is certainly Genesis. Noah’s flood happens a long time before Moses and his people start trying to escape from Egypt, which is when Exodus starts. Nobody was able to get to the Curse of Canaan for the bonus, which is the story after the flood.

Ending the round was one of the easier questions of the night, asking about a TV personality who hosted a show called “Waking Up With Al” which should be a pretty big clue that we were talking about Al Roker. Starting up the next round was an audio question with three-second song clips, which honestly felt like 1/2 second clips for the first two. Either way, I thought it was a fun one as the songs were Tiny Dancer by Elton John, Funky Cold Medina by Tone Loc and Smells Like Teen Spirt by Nirvana. Three great songs and the question definitely made me add a few new songs to my trivia playlist. Everyone got more excited for Tone Loc than I thought they would, but I do love that song.

A baseball question was next on the slate, asking about a specific type of game that happened for the first time in 1935, but didn’t happen in the World Series until 1971 for some reason. Only a few teams managed to figure out we were talking about the first night game to be played, and only one team knew that the night game in 1971 was played at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. The stamp collecting question didn’t really have much to do with stamps in my opinion; the question asked about an assassinated politician who was put on a stamp that was adorned with the gay pride flag. Almost every team managed to figure out we were talking about Harvey Milk, and one team jokingly asked if we were talking about Sean Penn (we were not!).

I liked the Will Smith question that asked about the only two Oscar nominations he has received, both times portraying a real person. One of those was in Ali, with the other being one of my favorite movies, The Pursuit of Happyness, which was based on the real life experiences of stockbroker Chris Gardner. Ending the round we talked about mesothelioma, which if you’ve seen any of those commercials law firms like to put out there, is caused by asbestos.

Halftime asked for famous people who were in commercials before they were famous, as well as matching musical artists to their albums, which were all numbers. The number part was pretty tough for some teams, but overall scores were pretty solid, and nobody got a perfect score. Heading into the second half we had a three-way tie for second place and the leaders were only a point or two ahead, so it was definitely going to be a close finish.

We started the second half asking about NFL stadiums, this time talking about an NFC north team and an NFC south team that are both getting new stadiums in the next few years. I was impressed by how well teams did on this one, with several getting the Vikings and the Falcons. Unfortunately not everybody knows the divisions as well as I do, with some teams guessing North and South teams, but in the wrong conference (AFC vs. NFC). The next question turned it around on me a little bit though, since everybody knew Joan and Jackie Collins, and I don’t think I would have known that one.

Three clues/one country is usually one that plenty of teams know, especially after the third clue is given, but almost nobody knew Belarus, even after I gave the capital city being Minsk. The next question, however, was definitely the most controversial of the night, as we asked about the device known as an anemometer, asking what it develops. Anemometers generally measure wind speed, but some of the newer versions also measure wind direction as well, which led to some challenges from some of the different teams. I’m glad we were able to smooth things over and solve the issue however, and things were good moving forward.

Ending the round was a question about the Old West, asking about the fabled “Dead Man’s Hand”, as well as who was holding it when he died. This one was a bit tough, as the DMH is a pair of aces and a pair of eights, and there are plenty of Old West legends to choose from, this time the answer being Wild Bill Hickok. Tonight’s 6-4-2 asked about an American who was born in Illinois in 1964 to Fraser and Marian Robinson, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988 and went on a date with a fellow lawyer to see the film “Do the Right Thing”. This American was also the first African American First Lady, Michelle Obama, with that date being Barack of course.

The next round started with songs of 2015, asking about the first single released by One Direction after the departure of Zayn Malik, which some teams got, although others thought that Harry Styles was the one who left. Famous Jacks was next, asking about Jack Nicholson, Kevorkian, and Kerouac (almost nobody spelled Kerouac right, and some of those spellings were ridiculous). The question about the IRS stumped almost every team, talking about the documents that led to its creation within the Treasury Department.

The last two questions were about a prequel TV series and a sequel action film, with the first one being about the prequel to Sex and the City, called The Carrie Diaries. Some teams were also able to come up with the name of the author of the books those series are based on, which is Candace Bushnell (NOT Carrie Bradshaw, that’s the character). I liked the action film sequels question, asking about a movie that replaced a certain Austrian-born performer with Danny Glover, but still starred Kevin Peter Hall, who is 7’2″ and played the title character. We were of course talking about Predator 2, which is a quality action flick if you haven’t seen it.

Heading into the final question it was still pretty much anybody’s game, with most of the top teams only separated by a few points. However, the final question about Business Headlines definitely moved some teams around, with about half the teams getting the final answer correct. Third place went to Black Steel who managed to jump some teams and claim that spot thanks to a correct final response. Second place went to Book Club Babes, who were in first but bet conservatively and managed to hold onto second despite missing the question. However, winning tonight’s game for the FIRST TIME EVER….. Congrats to IGNORANCE IS BLISS!

They finally pulled through for the victory, and I couldn’t be happier for them. Way to go guys! You did it! They were so excited that before I could even finish reading the final scores Paula was already up and running around in celebration, always nice to see that type of excitement. Anyways, next week we start with a question about the band Siouxsie and the Banshees, so study up for that. I’ll see you all again next week!

Until next time,



Quincy’s South – Rockville, MD

Season 12 continues at Quincy’s tonight, and we had a jam-packed house! Some there for the baseball, some for the hockey, some for the beer, but the majority were here for our weekly live trivia game, and the excitement DID NOT DISAPPOINT! For the first time in a few weeks, we see the return of some of our regular players that had a few of the top tier teams at a disadvantage. If there’s one thing that a short-handed trivia team could tell you (see “Rock the Cash Bar”), it is extremely difficult to compete when all the pieces of your team don’t come together for the games. That being said, tonight’s game would take a heavy dose of everything in order to be successful.

Tonight’s favorite moment, and everyone can agree with me on this one, was the politician question where Harvey Milk was the answer. Most teams turn in Harvey Milk right away, max wager, getting their points, no second thought. Quiz in My Pants had a bit more difficulty with this. They’re quite the young team (I can attest to this; I’d never have heard of Harvey Milk if not for that movie that came out about 7 years ago) and it was clear they didn’t know who this dude Harvey Milk was. In an effort to salvage SOME kind of answer, Quiz in My Pants went with a desperation answer and turned in “Sean Penn’s character in Milk”. I can pretty much say I’d never fallen in love with an answer that I’d deemed correct like that in a long time. It was clear they didn’t know who the guy was but everything I needed was in there. They gave me the name of the politician, and didn’t give me any incorrect information, therefore I don’t think I had any choice but to deem it correct! Great, great, great!

This new ‘correct answer’ may become a trend as a few questions later Uncle Jack turned in “Will Smith’s character in Ali” for the answer where we were looking for the film titles that garnered Smith oscar nominations! Now if only I can remember what Anthony Hopkins character in Nixon was called – It starts with an “N” but I can’t quite recall.

Uncle Jack and If We Lose, The Terrorists Win had been trading the lead all night; Uncle Jack held it for much of the second half but after missing a crucial 5 point wager in the 4th round, If We Lose moved into the lead. All they needed was a correct response on the final and they’d win. Otherwise, the Terrorists would win. The final played fairly easier than usual, netting about a 66% get-rate. Team Brio got it and jumped up into 3rd place. 2nd place went to Catching Planes with a correct response as well and a bit of a jump up. And winning tonight, on the strength of a If We Lose miss, Uncle Jack takes down their 2nd (or 3rd?) in a row! Congrats! Back in 1 week with Indiana Jones! I’ll see you guys then, thanks for coming out!

1st Place: Uncle Jack
2nd Place: Catching Planes
3rd Place: Team Brio

Next week: The Indiana Jones Trilogy (as in, the ONLY three Indiana Jones films that actually exist)

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Senor Tequila’s – Germantown, MD

Another night of Pour House Trivia is in the books at Senor Tequila’s!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Laugh-Damnit!”: Y’all are way too serious for your own good! I was
throwing out solid zingers tonight, and couldn’t get anyone to crack a
smile! I’m funny dammit! *Goes and sits in the corner and cries*

In “Let-Me-Get-It-Out-At-Least!”:I didn’t get to the third clue in
either the 3 Clues 1 Film Character or the 6-4-2! You guys are

In “Crucial-Finals”: Tonight came down to the last question, and the
correct answers were key! With it, we had a last second turn around.

In third place, Axel’s Doghouse!

In second place, Hobgoblins!

In first place, the Red Hot Oompa Loompas!

Great game everyone! Next week, RHOL will try to put everyone to sleep
with the riveting first round category of James Joyce’s Ulysses!
Should be a solid snooze!

Until then,


Tilted Kilt – Frederick, MD

As the Halloween decorations went up inside TK, it served as a reminder that every week of trivia played is one week closer to World Series XII. House Champion is still anything but decided, but the pressure is on for teams to make their case.

We learned all about the TWO Mercedes-Benz NFL stadiums, listened to what felt like 5 total seconds of an audio clue, and even speculated on the population of Canada being higher than Columbia if that number also included the bear population.

Why am I entertaining this? Ok, here are the facts:
Population of Canada: 35.16 million
Population of Columbia: 48.32 million

According to Wikipedia, there are an estimated 25,000 bears in all of Canada. So, I’m sorry Duchess, but even counting bears, it’s not even close.

After a tough halftime page and an even harder second half, we arrived at our final. Duchess was out in front, and decided to wager it all. We ended up in a tiebreaker, with Dewey, Cheatum and Howe squaring up against FNQ over… Sex and the City episodes? in the end, DCH was only off by a single episode, leaving FNQ to take third while they took second. However, Duchess completed the Threepeat this week, taking our top prize.

They’ve chosen Mars Attacks! as next week’s first category, so you might have to hit up Wonder Books and rent it this weekend.

See you next week!


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Whole Foods – Ashburn, VA

An exciting night at Whole Foods as we got some new players coming out for some fun, and they all had a laugh watching me stumble through some words!

Also, just picture Bryan Cranston playing Heisenburg in a Preparation H Commercial. Just picture it!

1st Mini Van Mafia
2nd Squirrel Ipod Mini
3rd Taco Tuesday

First Category next week is Superhero TV shows!

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