Can we just say? Bill Clinton. is. Bad. Ass.
Purple Otter is a bar that celebrates both the University of Wisconsin and otters, meaning we were predisposed to loving it, as we are Big Ten alumni and huge fans of otters holding hands. The Thursday specials are $3 Vodka Lemonades, $4 bombs, and $2.50 cheese quesadillas. We were all about taking advantage of food specials, but if you are feeling daring you can try the Philly Drops (the love child of crab rangoon and a philly cheesesteak) or the suckling pig (a true steal at $5.75)!
The bartender, Dave, is super nice. He also appears to take care of the entire bar single-handedly, so tip him well! He loves female country music singers–be prepared to hear your favorite Carrie Underwood and Shania Twain hits before trivia starts at 8.
Trivia is standard Team Trivia. One twist is that if no group gets an answer right, the MC just nixes the question and starts over again. The MC also alerted us to the Team Trivia answer of the day, where a random answer from every night’s trivia is posted on the website. Who knew?
Team Limbic System, the eventual second place winners, were pretty cool except when unable to hide their disdain at some of our answers (just because we can’t name 5 Todd Rundgren hits doesn’t necessarily mean that he wasn’t extremely prolific before our time…although, turns out, it does). Limbic system won $15 off next week’s tab; the winners got $20 off next week.
Overall, trivia at Purple Otter is so-so. There’s nothing really to distinguish it from any other Team Trivia night. We probably won’t be back. But, if you live in the area, it could be a fun way to spend a Thursday night and not a lot of money.
Are you brave enough to try the Philly Drops? Leave a comment and let us know!
The Purple Otter
2706 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
8 to 10:15pm
2 paws (out of 4)