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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/29/2005

Playing to Win at Stetson's


When I hear about "seasonal" events at bars, I usually think of drink specials on the patio, or football-themed happy hours, not weekly pub quizzes. But trivia night at Stetson's made its welcome return earlier this month after taking a break for the baseball playoffs, football and college basketball.

Great pacing -- last week, eight rounds of 10 questions finished in a relatively breezy two-and-a-half hours -- and cheap pitchers of beer make it one of the more entertaining pub quizzes in the Washington area. A regular clientele fills the smoky first floor every Tuesday, so be sure to arrive early to get a seat under the neon beer signs and grizzled old cow skulls; The game begins at 7, but most seats are gone by 6:30.

First up is a round about current events -- which tribe Red Lake school shooter Jeff Weise belonged to (Chippewa), or the Federal Reserve's current short-term interest rate (2.75 percent) -- before the game segues into more common fare like World Capitals and '80s Cartoon Characters (identifying which character was not in "Rainbow Brite" is harder than it seems).

Where Stetson's stands out, though, is its use of audio/visual materials.

One round consists of bits of dialogue from 10 films played over the bar's stereo (from "Office Space" and "Blazing Saddles" to "The Rock" and "Spies Like Us"). Harder -- and worth twice as many points -- is the music round, which contains 10-second snippets of 10 rock songs. Each correctly identified song is worth one point, plus another for each artist. The range wasn't very wide -- Cheap Trick, Violent Femmes, Maroon 5 -- so brush up on DC101's playlist before heading out.

Unlike most other trivia nights, this is an all-or-nothing affair -- the winning team gets a $75 bar tab, second place gets nothing. There's a catch, though: The winners' $75 is applied to their tab at the moment the game ends. If your group has drunk $50 worth of beer by that point, then you owe nothing but a tip, but you have to pay for your own drinks for the rest of the night. This makes ordering beers after round 6 a bit of a gamble.

But the hosts are entertaining and keep things moving, and it's a good night out with a group of friends -- especially those who know their pop culture inside and out.

-- Fritz

By  | March 29, 2005; 12:47 PM ET
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what time does trivia start on tuesdays?

Posted by: trivia nerd | March 29, 2005 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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