Whoever said it’s the taking part, not the winning, that matters, clearly never took part in a pub quiz.
Every week, trivia buffs across Abu Dhabi try to defeat each other in battles of wits, memory, nerves and, erm, obscure knowledge. Make no mistake, these people are in it to win it, so try telling them it’s only a bit of fun and see how they respond.
With bragging rights and great prizes at stake, pub quizzes are a serious matter in the capital. Here are a few of our favourites...
Blu Sky Bar & Grill
There’s no need to be feeling blue with this capital sports bar’s brainiac bonanza. Head down early to take advantage of a generous happy hour deal, with selected house beverages available for Dhs18.
Then get ready for the main event at 8.30pm as Quiz Master Chalkie puts your grey matter to the test.
Just try not to get distracted by one of the many big screens adorning the walls, showing sports action from across the world.
Tue 8.30pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiya (02 818 4888).
Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant
Do you have a competitive edge and think you’re smarter than the rest? Well, prove it.
The Monday quiz night at Cooper’s gives you the chance to back up your claim as Abu Dhabi’s trivia king or queen. Head to this Park Rotana hotspot and let quiz master Kevin put you and your mates through your paces.
There are plenty of other reasons to visit, too, with lengthy happy hour deals as well as a host of prizes on offer.
Mon 8pm. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3333).
Ask any seasoned pub quiz participant and they’ll tell you doing battle on an empty stomach is like trying to drive a Lamborghini without any petrol in it.
The good folk at McGettigan’s are well aware of this and it’s reflected in a great foodie offer at their Wednesday trivia battle. You can get two-for-one on selected starters and mains from 6pm to 10pm – and knowing this pub grub favourite like we do, you can be sure they’ll be tasty treats.
Once you’ve filled your stomach, you’ll have no excuse for failing.
Wed 8pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort, Channel Street (02 652 4333).
Stars ’N’ Bars
It’s safe to say Mexican cuisine lends itself perfectly to tasty and satisfying bar snacks.And as luck would have it, quiz night at this Yas Island hotspot lands on Taco Tuesdays.
Make hump day your favourite day of the week with two-for-one on delicious Mexican platters and deals on selected mixed beverages before getting your game face on for the quiz.
Master of ceremonies Darryl Rees has the honours of testing your knowledge of all things sport, music, entertainment and general knowledge – with a few surprises thrown in to the bargain, too.
Tue 8pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).
This ever-popular sports bar has an added sprinkle of star dust for its weekly trivia battle on Wednesdays.
Velocity’s Big Fat Quiz is hosted by Radio 1’s Dane Swindells, who is on hand to separate the general knowledge greats from the not-so-greats. Prizes up for grabs include hotel stays, brunch packages, food and beverage vouchers and more every week.
Our reigning Best Sports Bar certainly has all the answers, even if you don’t.
Wed 8pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (02 304 7777).