For a Monday night when you don’t feel like waiting for a table at Crew head over to Brownstone Tavern (3937 N. Lincoln Ave). Monday’s special include $5 sandwiches, which were all good, and $4 Coors Light/Miller Lite 22 oz drafts. Having specials like this can turn an otherwise mediocre trivia night into an enjoyable one. Also, let’s not forget 16 oz PBRs for $3.75. Although the PBRs aren’t necessarily a drink special, it’s nice to have them on the menu.
Questions are relatively standard here with 6 rounds. Tonight’s categories were American History, Top 10, General Knowledge, Board Games, Music, and Movies (worth double points). The winner receives 50% off their tab. The downsides are that scores are not announced between rounds, so you never know how you are doing until the very end. Also, there were varying opinions among our team regarding the MC being a jagoff. Whether or not you prefer an impersonal moderator or one with more character is your own preference, but don’t expect a lot of witty back-and-forth banter. We won’t jump to conclusions on our first visit.
Onto the trivia….
Most questions were relatively straightforward, and the variations were very enjoyable. The Top 10 category was “Name the Top 10 countries that spend the most on their military.” Some surprises in this list included Japan, France, and Italy. The movie round was both challenging and enjoyable. You were given 3 actors/actresses and you had to correctly identify which movie they all starred in. For example, if you were told Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman, the correct answer would be “The Kingdom.” Really fun round.
The most unique part of the night was the grading format. Like stated before, scores are not announced in between rounds, so even if you keep a running total of your team’s score, you have no idea where you stand in the field of play. Grading is all done tableside by the MC, who is efficient, but perhaps not entirely accurate (we received 7 points for a round where we should have scored only 6). It made the night go quickly (we were done by 9:45), but the format may not be entirely appealing to everyone.
Overall, given the scarcity of good trivia on Monday nights, Brownstone Tavern is a great option for those who want a laid back night with good food/drink specials. If everyone is up for it, Crew is a superior option on Monday night, but sometimes it’s not worth the traffic/parking/wait to sit at one of their tables. On a night like that, Brownstone is a perfect alternative.
Great sandwich specials
Decent drink specials
PBR on the menu
Jackie O’Lantern (see link)
No scoring announcements
Brownstone Tavern & Grill
3937 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
3 paws (out of 4)