When met with the prospect of enjoying or enduring a night of trivia over a few beers, people either pull up a chair at the bar or immediately back out of the door, depending on their opinion of the trademark pub event.
Chattanooga, as with any city that is home to more than zero bars, has an active trivia scene. An enthusiast of random knowledge could, in fact, compete almost every night of the week.
Though some of the restaurants, bars and pubs around town run their own versions of the in-person fact faceoff, the majority of trivia nights are organized by the local chapter of Challenge Entertainment.
The national company markets live trivia as a concept to increase sales on nights when the bartender traditionally only has crickets and bar flies for company.
Challenge Entertainment operates chapters in 19 states, including California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas; and 31 cities and areas, including Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis.
There is even league play: The Mid-South Trivia League holds its season for teams Nov. 1 to Jan. 31 and competes for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes.
The semi-finals will be held next Sunday Feb. 10 at The Honest Pint at 4 p.m. The finals are scheduled for Saturday, March 2 at 5 p.m. at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Tunica, Miss.
Regardless of the camp to which you belong when it comes to trivia-whether you relish the battles over the film title in which Antonio Banderas performed his first English-speaking role or how many members of the 2004 Red Sox roster have previously experienced the glory of winning a World Series or not-herein is your guide to Chattanooga’s weekly trivia.
–Jefferson’s, located at 618 Georgia Ave.: 7:30-9:30 p.m. (with $1.50 domestic longnecks and the chance to win $40, $20 and $10 gift certificates)
–Tremont Tavern, located at 1203 Hixson Pike: 8-10 p.m.
–The Acoustic Cafe, located at 61 RBC Drive, Ringgold: 7-9 p.m.
–Brewhaus, located at 224 Frazier Ave.: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
–Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 5450 Highway 153: 7-9 p.m. (with select domestic drafts for $2.75)
–Buffalo Wild Wings, located at 120 Market St.: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
–Hill City Pizza, located at 12 Frazier Ave.: 7:30-9:30 p.m. (with Jägerbombs and orange bombs for $6)
–Magoo’s, located at 3658 Ringgold Road: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
–T-Bone’s Sports Cafe, located at 1419 Chestnut St.: 7:30-10:30 p.m.
–Big Chill, located at 427 Market St.: 8-10 p.m. (with $2 Coronas from 4 p.m. to close)
–Stone Cup, located at 30 Frazier Ave.: 8-10 p.m.
-Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 5450 Highway 153: 7-9 p.m. (with select domestic drafts for $2.75)
–The Honest Pint, located at 35 Patten Parkway: 4-7 p.m. (with 22-ounce PBR for $3 and 22-ounce Yuengling for $4)
Updated @ 9:29 a.m. on 2/5/13 to correct the date of the semi-finals at The Honest Pint (which will be Feb. 10, not 4) and to change the time of trivia at Amigo’s (which is 7-9 p.m., not 7:30-9:30 p.m.).