If you’re tasked with organizing a mentally stimulating but low-effort group hang, playing bar trivia never gets old. The only prerequisite for a successful evening is that some of you may need to arrive a bit early to secure a table (or space) for the team, and the quizmaster will take care of the rest. Here’s a list of places where you can play trivia every night of the week.
247 Elm Street, Somerville
The Davis Square institution hosts trivia on Mondays at 8:30 p.m. This spacious venue is good for groups large and small. Enjoy some bar classics, such as buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks, or order a big plate of spicy chicken and cheese nachos to share.
2 Bow Market Way, Somerville
The trivia night at Remnant Brewing in Union Square starts at 7 p.m. Not only can you pick from a selection of craft brews on the premises, including the zesty Dream Pop and floral, funky Lo-Fi Saison, but its neighbors at Bow Market also offer endless food options.
The Dubliner Irish Pub
2 Center Plaza, Boston
The newly opened Irish pub, right by the Government Center T stop, hosts games at 7 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights. You won’t see wings and corned beef on its menu; instead, the restaurant puts focus on refined and modern Irish food, where you’d find a variety of imported artisan Irish cheeses, as well as ham-hock terrine and of course, a perfect pour of Guinness.
458 Western Avenue, Brighton
In Brighton, this fun and lively spot gets filled up quickly as people flood the place before trivia starts at 7 p.m. Don’t miss out on the food here, too. Large shareable plates and small, quick bar bites are both great options.
239 Holland Street, Somerville
Centrally located in the heart of Teele Square, this neighborhood pub is cozy and laid-back. Its trivia starts at 9 p.m., which is rather late, but you can always come in early to grab a dinner of fish and chips or the “Open Seven Days A-Week Fil-A” fried chicken sandwich.
Olde Magoun’s Saloon
518 Medford Street, Somerville
On a street lined with mom-and-pop eateries and trendy restaurants in Magoun Square, the trivia at Olde Magoun’s Saloon runs from 8 to 10 p.m. The pub has a rotating selection of hard-to-find beers brewed locally and from afar — if you’re constantly searching for new beers, don’t miss out on this one.
1250 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
The trivia night at Dorchester Brewing got so popular that now they implemented a reservation system so you can book your spots ahead of time. The game starts at 7 p.m. The kitchen is helmed by the current owners of Geovanni and Candace Lambert of M&M BBQ, a third-generation family business.
Jeanie Johnston Pub and Grill
144 South Street, Jamaica Plain
In Jamaica Plain, this maritime-themed pub hosts Wednesday trivia that starts at 8 p.m. The food here is a mix of Irish, Tex-Mex, and pub fare.
722 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Fenway’s watering hole runs trivia at 8 p.m. Note: This basement-level cozy spot has limited seating and may not be suitable for large parties.
Grainne O’Malley’s Tavern
201 Harvard Street, Brookline
This Irish pub is right in the center of Coolidge Corner. It’s got ample space to run a crowded trivia, which starts at 7:30 p.m. The food menu is a mix of New England dishes, typical bar food, and Irish favorites, such as shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash.
396 Market Street, Brighton; 2030 Centre Street, West Roxbury
Head to Brighton every first Thursday of the month to play trivia while drinking a pint. It has another location in West Roxbury that runs trivia on the same night. Both locations have large menus with generous portions, plus reasonably priced New England classics such as fried clams and baked scallops.
Winter Hill Brewing
328 Broadway, Somerville
For top-notch local beer and good vibes, head to this brewpub, which is accessible by the newly opened bike path extension and the Green Line. If you’re in the mood for a meal, order some popular items, such as lamb burger and buffalo cauliflower, from the Scott Brothers, one of the most exciting culinary duos in the Somerville food scene.
Trident Bookstore and Café
338 Newbury Street, Boston
Every Friday at 7 p.m., Boston’s beloved brunch-and-bookstore combo runs seven rounds of general knowledge trivia in their upstairs space. As room is quite limited, maximum team size is six, plus all parties need to be present to be seated. If you do plan on coming as a team, be sure to arrive early as seats typically get filled up by 6:30 p.m. It serves its full menu all day — in other words, expect those brunch classics for dinner.
11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge
Kendall Square mainstay Commonwealth hosts trivia games on Friday night at 6 and 7 p.m. On warm, sunny evenings, it’s held at the restaurant’s outdoor bar, where there are drinks aplenty plus a snacky food menu on hand. (In inclement weather, the show goes on indoors.)
1592 Tremont Street, Boston
There aren’t that many trivia options on Saturdays, but if you’re feeling like quizzing on this night, go to this cozy Mission Hill bar which hosts trivia at 7:30 p.m. Tables are limited on a first-come-first-serve basis, and early arrival is highly recommended. The food menu is mostly pub fare, featuring wings, burgers, and pizzas to share.
1193 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
At this charming Irish pub in Inman Square, Cambridge, general knowledge trivia starts at 8 p.m. every Sunday. It’s hosted by Jeopardy contestant Brennan Harkin. If you’re tired of beer, An Sibin boasts a notably large whiskey selection, including classics from Ireland and newcomers from Japan. The bar also hosts different chefs for pop-ups, so be sure to check out its social for the most updated menu.
150 Bowdoin Street, Boston
This Beacon Hill stalwart hosts trivia on Sundays that starts at 7 p.m., which is perfect timing if you want a post-sightseeing snack and trivia session. The menu covers a range of bar foods, from burgers to steak tips.