Let’s face it, there’s something immensely satisfying about knowing a little snippet of information that boggles the minds of others.
With a pub quiz, you can go in thinking it’s the taking part that counts. But as everyone who’s ever entered one can attest, once the questions start coming, it quickly becomes highly competitive.
So, if you want to pick up some top prizes and have a giggle at the same time, gather a group of your brightest friends, think up a clever name for your team and put your collective knowledge to the test with one of Abu Dhabi’s great quiz nights.
Blu Sky Lounge and Grill
Boost your grey matter by taking part in the Let’s Get Quizzical night at Blu Sky. The weekly mental workout at this inviting sports venue will test your general knowledge with a host of question, picture and music rounds, so make sure you choose your teammates wisely. If you need more inspiration to sign up and take part then the chance to win prizes including vouchers for the hotel’s restaurants and bars should do the trick.
Free. Every Tue, 8.30pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street, Al Zahiyah (02 818 4888).
Get clued up and see if you can answer questions on the latest news, historical events, pop culture and a picture round at the Monday night quiz at Heroes. Hosted by Mike Greaves, all teams can compete using a tablet or smartphone to pool their knowledge together and try to beat the best of the rest to win prizes. Just remember to listen to the whole question before pressing that button or else you might gift the answer to another team.
Free. Every Mon, 8pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6368).
McGettigan’s Al Ain
Ditch the pen and paper and embrace technology with the weekly quiz at McGettigan’s. Teams will go head-to-head
on a range of topics, answering the multiple choice questions and picture rounds using what some in the business would consider a ‘cheating device’, making it easy for everyone to join in. Plus with beverage discounts and buy-one-get-one offers rolling throughout the evening there are plenty of reasons to chance your arm. Don’t know the answer? Go on, have a guess.
Free. Every Tue, from 8pm. McGettigan’s, Danat Resort, Al Ain (056 685 7919).
With the name ‘Wisdom Wednesdays’, who wouldn’t want to be crowned the winner of the weekly brain-buster here? It’s all about general knowledge at this quiz that covers a wide range of topics with the winners taking home vouchers for lunches, brunches, and breakfasts, plus more prizes besides. There’s also a happy hour running until 10pm and two-for-one deals on food so you can enjoy a feast while you take part, too.
Free. Every Wed, 8pm. McGettigan’s, Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort, Channel Street (02 652 4333).
Go up against the rest at the Irish Pub Quiz at PJ O’Reilly’s hosted by Sonya Mac. Rival teams will have to answer questions on sport, music and general knowledge as well as compete in interactive and entertainment rounds – so it’s best not to get too comfortable in your seat. If you find yourself on the winning team when the final question has been asked you can celebrate with a well-deserved Friday brunch for two at the venue.
Free. Every Tue, 7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).
Stars ’N’ Bars
If ever there were two combined events to capture our attention it’s probably Taco Tuesday and a pub quiz. At Stars ’N’ Bars you can do both in one night by tucking in to two-for-one taco platters and Mexican beverages while testing your knowledge in the quiz. Darryl Rees will be firing out the questions and awarding three vouchers to three winners for prizes redeemable at the lively Yas Marina venue. Also, did we mention the tacos?
Free. Every Tue, from 8pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 565 0101).
The Championship Lounge
Test out your trivia and try your luck with quiz bingo at Abu Dhabi Golf Club hosted by Graham Chambers. The innovative quiz night combines your traditional question-and-answer format with games including, you’ve guessed it, bingo. It takes more than big brains to come out on top at this event but for the winners prizes up for grabs include F&B vouchers and pool passes.
Dhs25, free with Dhs125 minimum spend. First Wed of the month, 7pm. Abu Dhabi Golf Club (056 536 2230).
Round up your trivia-mad troops, head to The Retreat and see if you’re the smartest people the room. Quizmaster Timmy Stack will test you on a wide range of topics to sort the wheat from the chaff. Need some more inspiration? Winning and high-scoring teams can bag a bunch of great prizes including brunch and beverage packages.
Free. Every Thu, from 7pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).
The Sportsman’s Arms
Test your brain and join quiz master Chalkie for a stern examination of your knowledge at The Sportsman’s Arms. The top three teams win prizes with first place taking home a Dhs300 voucher, second place winning a Sunday roast for two and third place bagging a Dhs100 voucher. Plus, with great prices on beverages during the lengthy happy hour, what more could you want?
Free. Every Mon, from 8pm. Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).
Show off your smarts at Velocity’s weekly big fat quiz hosted by Radio 1’s Dane Swindells. Teams will have to tackle questions on topics including sport, current affairs, film, music and general knowledge for the chance to win great prizes including hotel stays, brunch packages, vouchers and more. Plus Velocity won Best Sports Bar at Time Out Abu Dhabi’s Music and Nightlife Awards 2018 so we know it’s worth checking out.
Free. Every Wed, 8pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7778).
Step out of your comfort zone at Viewz Bar and take part in a quiz that’s about more than just knowing a bunch of random facts. The ominously named Asylum Game Show is anything but your bog-standard guessing game with answers submitted from the comfort of your seat. Oh no, participants will be expected get up and take part in interactive rounds and games in order to win prizes including brunch and spa vouchers. What’s the worst that could happen?
Free. Tue, from 8pm. Cristal Hotel, Zayed the First Street (02 652 0132).