Strain your brain at a Singapore pub quiz

Don’t let your brain turn to mush.

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Don’t let your brain turn to mush while you travel – flex those neurons at one of Singapore’s pub quizzes. By my count five bars reliably host a weekday trivia night with prizes and a drink special to accompany it.

By the very British nature of pub quizzes there tends to be a UK-leaning to many of the questions – especially when it comes to sports. If you’re like me and know absolutely nothing about Premier League football or cricket you may want to recruit a Brit to join your team if you hope to win.

Bring your brains then drown them in beer!

Here’s a rundown of bars in Singapore with regular pub quizzes:

Brewerkz Riverside Point: Every Tuesday at 20:00 is trivia night at this microbrewery at Clarke Quay. There’s an entry fee of S$5 per person and the winning team takes it all – the prize pool can reach a few hundred dollars. Second place gets restaurant vouchers to pay for their food and drink tab, third place gets of 6-pack of Brewerkz beer, and a consolation prize of a mini-keg goes to a team of the quiz master’s choosing (usually a small team that fared well). Brewerkz draws the biggest crowd of any pub quiz, possibly because participation locks in the happy hour price of S$9 a pint!

Turn:styles: The Tuesday night quiz at this expat sports bar near Boat Quay always attracts a full house – book your table at least a day in advance. The quiz goes for six rounds with the usual categories like sports and music and there’s no entry fee. The winning team gets free drinks and happy hour drink specials are extended for a few hours past the quiz’s 20:00 starting time.

Boomarang Bistro: A little further down the river at Robertson Quay, this Aussie eatery also does a Tuesday night pub quiz. It’s free to play and the winning team gets their bar tab on the house. Registration starts around 19:30 and the drink special is pints of Pure Blonde or Victoria Bitters from S$10.

The Dog & Bone: The Tuesday night quiz at this British pub on the East Coast draws a small but loyal crowd. The entry fee is S$5 per person and the winning team takes the cash. There isn’t a drink special on quiz night, but drink prices are already pretty reasonable at S$9 for a mixed drink or S$23 for a jug of San Miguel beer. The quiz starts around 20:30 every second Tuesday (upcoming quizzes are June 21, July 5 and 19, August 2, 16, and 30, and so on).

The Old Brown Shoe: This British pub breaks the trend by holding its quiz night on Wednesday. The price is S$5 per person and it starts around 20:00. The winning team takes the money while second place getters can drown their sorrows in some free booze. There’s a good selection of imported beers and the kitchen makes one of the better fish & chips in Singapore (it’s even wrapped in newspaper).

Though these quizzes are reliable events, occasionally the quizmaster takes a week or two off. It’s advisable to call the bar to confirm that the quiz is on and book your table.

Did I forget any Singapore pub quizzes? Please tell me and I’ll update the list!

Brewerkz Riverside Point: 30 Merchant Road, (65) 6438 7438

Turnstyles Sports Bar: 45A Circular Road, (65) 6536 1524

Boomarang Bar & Bistro: #01-15 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, (65) 6738 1077

The Dog & Bone: 106 Upper East Coast Road, (65) 9694 3899

The Old Brown Shoe: 619F Bukit Timah Road, (65) 6468 4626

*** New additions!! ***

Krish Restaurant & Greenhouse Bar: Quiz night every Wednesday at 20:00. 6 rounds of 10 questions with S$100 in restaurant vouchers for 1st place, a bottle of wine for 2nd place, and cumulative prizes to keep you coming back for more! Maximum of 8 players per team. 9 Rochester Park, (65) 6779 4644

Picotin Bistro: Quiz night every alternate Wednesday starting at 20:00. Dining vouchers, wine, and other goodies for the winners – reservations are a must! The quiz takes a summer break but resumes on Wednesday, September 7. 100 Turf Club Road, (65) 6877 1191

About the author
Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at www.idreamofdurian.com.

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