Best Bars For Trivia Games In Orange County

August 30, 2014 6:00 AM

(credit: Kitsch Bar)

(credit: Kitsch Bar)

Pub quizzes or trivia nights come in a range of different formats, but are usually hosted by a quizmaster who doles out questions to groups of teams. Games can be played the old fashioned way with pen and paper or electronically with handheld consoles that register each team’s response on a TV screen. Questions range in categories––everything from sports and pop culture to politics and history are fair game––so if you’re one of those people with a head full of random facts and a love of camaraderie, then Orange County is the place to be. There are various trivia bars in the area, where prizes and local fame can be won by simply correctly answering a single random question. Gather a bunch of buds and enjoy the drink specials, but don’t let the alcohol inhibit your ability to respond quickly and correctly!
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(credit: Louie B./Yelp)


Durty Nelly’s
2915 Red Hill Ave., Ste. G101
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 957-1951
durtynellyscostamesa.com

Durty Nelly’s, located in Costa Mesa, is a little Irish pub that is one of the types of places that you wonder why you’ve never been before once you’ve discovered it. Along with traditional Irish fare, burgers and other tasty eats, you’ll find a great selection of beers here. You won’t want to miss their happy hour drink specials until 7pm, which is especially good on Wednesday nights when the happy hour specials take you right up to the trivia contest that begins at 7:30pm.

Related: Best Irish pubs in Orange County

(Credit: Kitsch Bar)

(Credit: Kitsch Bar)


Kitsch Bar
891 Baker St., Suite A10
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 546-8580
kitschbar.com

There is a lot to like about trivia Tuesdays at Kitsch Bar. First, you can count on some great craft cocktails. Second, you can enjoy those discounted cocktails until happy hour ends at 9pm. That’s right. Happy hour here ends at 9pm. Granted that may not help you become more adept at answering the questions, but it will be enjoyable. Trivia begins at 9:30pm, and you can make a team with as many as four people. Prizes are given each week to the winner of the trivia contest.

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(credit: Mutt Lynch’s)


Mutt Lynch’s
2300 W. Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-1556
www.muttlynchs.com

Mutt Lynch’s is a good place for a good time any day of the week, but especially for trivia night on Wednesdays. If you get there for happy hour before the trivia contest, you can get two burgers for the price of one. You’ll also find a good variety of burritos and tacos as well as a full bar to get you ready for the trivia contest which runs from 8pm until 10pm. Mutt Lynch’s can get pretty crowded though, so if you’re planning to go for trivia night, make sure you get there by 7pm.

Related:  Best cocktail happy hours in Orange County

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(credit: Vicki D./Yelp)


C4 Deli
200 N. Broadway 
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 263-1555
c4deli.com

If you want to have a really good night out, C4 Deli is a great place to visit. Along with amazing sandwiches in the deli (the pastrami is certainly something you must try, as is the porchetta sandwich), C4 also has a great selection of craft beers. All of these things are great accompaniments to the trivia contest that happens every Tuesday at 8pm. It’s hard to ask for more than good food, good drinks, and a fun trivia contest.

(credit: Tustin Brewing Company)

(credit: Tustin Brewing Company)


Tustin Brewing Company
13011 Newport Ave., Suite 100
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 665-2337
tustinbrewery.com

A great place to go on any evening, at Tustin Brewing Company, you’ll find a lot of great appetizers to share as well as a lot of great sandwiches like pulled pork and a chili burger. Whatever you order can be washed down with the great house beers as well as a number of guest beers that are sure to hit the spot. This is especially a good place to visit on a Monday night for the weekly trivia contest, which runs from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Prizes are given for first, second, and third place.

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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