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Quizzing in high spirits

india Updated: Apr 18, 2012 04:12 IST
Chirag Mohanty Samal
Chirag Mohanty Samal
Hindustan Times
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If you thought pubbing was all about having a good time over a round of drinks, then think again. Now, apart from great music and groovy dancing, your pub experience can be intellectually stimulating as well. With a number of pubs in the city organising quiz nights, you can get free drinks or starters by simply answering some questions.

One such pub, Café OZ in Khan Market, has been conducting such quizzes on the last Thursday of every month for some time now. Usually, the monthly quizzes have a theme and questions are asked based on it. “We have a loyal clientele that comes only for these quizzes. Apart from being intellectually stimulating, it also promotes socialising and interaction among like-minded people. There are also attractive prizes to be won. If a person gets more than seven questions right, his total bill for the night is waived,” says Dolly Kaur, owner, Cafe OZ.

At the quiz nights at Game of Legends, Rajouri Garden, questions can range from the favourite food of Sachin Tendulkar, Dhoni’s hairstyle, Sania Mirza’s ex-flames, Yuvraj Singh’s dating scene, among others. Out of 20 questions, if you manage to get 12 right, you can win a complimentary starter here. These quizzes happen every Wednesday and Saturday. “Quizzes rev up any regular night. It’s a famous trend abroad, but it’s catching up here now,” says Amit Chauhan, owner, Game of Legends.

These quizzes are also held to draw customers on weekdays. “Since quizzes are interactive, they are quite popular. It’s a good way of drawing crowds over the weekends,” says, Gursharan Yashpal, the restaurant manager at Second Sin in Saket.

The Living Room (TLR) café at Hauz Khas Village holds its quiz nights on alternate Sundays. “The quiz at TLR comprises several rounds ranging from music, sports, movies to general knowledge,” says owner Gautam Arora.

Vapour, in Gurgaon, holds its quiz nights on Wednesdays to attract the corporate crowd nearby. “The winning table enjoys the evening on the house. Also, as long as the game is on, the participants get flat 50% off on alcohol,” says Mrityunjai Tiwari, restaurant manager at Vapour.

More about it
Pub quizzes are also called quiz nights or trivia nights. This is a British phenomenon that originated in the UK around the 1970s. Pub quizzes may attract those customers to a pub who are usually not found there on other days, as well as bring business to the club on lean days. The largest pub quiz, according to the Guinness Book of Records, was the “Quiz for Life”, which was held at the Flanders Expo Halls in Ghent, Belgium, on December 11, 2010, with 2,280 participants.

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