UPDATE: Trivia at Fearon’s is now cancelled (September 2009).
Didja miss us? After a short break from trivia, we headed out to Lakeview for Tuesday night trivia at Fearon’s Public House.
The whole experience was, well, meh. In the neighborhood around the bar, parking is free, but it can be difficult to find. Tuesday night specials are $3 U-Call-Its, $12 Miller Lite buckets and $5 burgers & fries. It should be noted that although none of us requested a particular fry style, two of us ended up with steak fries and one of us got thin fries. So, if you have a fry preference, tell your waitress. She might be able to hook you up. Or she might not–you just might be stuck with whatever they decide to give you. The burgers were definitely a deal for $5, but not as good of a bargain as the delicious $2 burgers at Rebel.
Fearon’s also serves what may be the coldest beer in town. Our Miller Lites came encased in solid ice, or more accurately, what appeared to be frozen Sprite.
Trivia is supposed to start at 8pm, but it didn’t start until closer to 8:30. We didn’t catch the MC’s name, but he was ginger-headed [apparently some of the regular teams make up weekly names to make fun of him...personally this blogger found his hair endearing, but then again, my best pal has ginger hair], impressively loud [even without a mic, we could hear him perfectly], and cajun [I thought he sounded exactly like Chef Paul Prudhomme].
There are 6 rounds of 5 questions each, and you assign 1-5 points to each question in the round, kind of like team trivia. Our rounds were: movies, more movies, science & math, geography, music, and sports. There is also a halftime break so the MC can have a smoke. The first couple rounds were too. easy. What kind of car was made popular in Back to the Future? Who played Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider movies? Actually, most of the game was very easy. We pretty much dominated until the final question, where you could wager between 1-15 points. We wagered all 15 points and proceeded to confuse Andy Gibb and Maurice Gibb (Andy is the younger one with the solo career; Maurice is the dead one). We ended up in 6th place. Team Ginger Balls are Small and Useless (not to be confused with Team Ginger Balls Shoot Dust) were the deserving champions of the $30 gift certificate to Fearon’s, being the only team to get the final question correct.
If you live in the neighborhood, we would definitely recommend Fearon’s for trivia night. It’s fun, not too long, the food specials are good, winning is a very real possibility, and the MC is pretty cool. However, if we’re going to travel for Tuesday night trivia, other places have much more to offer (i.e., skillet cookies, serious cash prizes, concert tickets, or awesome 90′s music).
Fearon’s Public House
3001 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
8pm to 10:30pm