On Oct. 28, 2008, we went to Cans Bar for their Halloween-themed trivia night.
Trivia is played in Cans’ main room. Arriving at 7:30pm, we had no trouble finding a table, including the one booth, which had been decked out with fake spiderweb for Halloween. (The booth was eventually taken by a couple who played trivia, but left early, probably as a result of either a bad trivia night, bad date, or great date.)
Cans’ Tuesday night specials include 2-for-1 appetizers and the $2 swill of the month. The beer special was American Beer (not great), so after one can, we each moved on to either big cans of PBR (though not as big as The Spot’s Giant PBRs), Fosters, or Sapporo. The appetizer selection consisted of standard bar fare: chicken tenders, jalepeno poppers, spinach & artichoke dip, and a surprise gigantic $2.50 plate of chili cheese fries.
Cans trivia is hosted by Whaddayaknow? Free Team Trivia, who also hosts trivia nights at Junior’s and Waterhouse, both on Wednesdays. Trivia is played in four quarters, each with four questions. During the first half, teams may wager 1, 3, 5, or 7 points for questions in each quarter; in the second half, point values are 2, 4, 6, or 8. Teams are allowed the length of one full song to answer each question. In between quarters, two-song bonus rounds (picture round, handout round, current events round) are played. The two final questions can be worth up to 10 points each, and have the potential for facilitating a team’s big comeback. Unfortunately, that did not happen for us (Amityville Horror!).
This week’s theme was Halloween, so all the answers were Halloweeny in some manner (Tipper Gore, Witch Hazel, Devil Dogs). One that we shouldn’t have gotten right, but somehow the doctors pulled out of thin air:
Serbian secret society with rumored connections to the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, starting World War I: Black Hand
The top four teams win prizes, but as we finished somewhere in the middle of the pack, we did not win anything and didn’t pay attention to what the prizes are.
Overall, not a bad trivia night. The song-per-question format does take a bit more time, but it can be entertaining, especially when the person at the next table over doesn’t realize how close he is and leans on you every once in a while.
Cans Bar and Canteen
1640 N Damen Ave., Chicago
Trivia starts at 8:00pm, ends around 10:45pm
3 paws (out of 4)