After making a weekly commitment to the Brownstone Monday Night Trivia Tournament, what better way to spice things up than go back to the same place the next day for more trivia. Tuesday night trivia at Brownstone is something special: pictures only.
Picture trivia is a seven round, hi-def power point presentation displayed on the flat screen TV’s around the bar.
The rounds this week were:
1. childhood photos
2. before there was i-tunes (name the band/singer by album cover)
3. Chicago athletes past and present
4. flags of the world
5. 2001 movies (name the movie)
6. mug shots
7. party like a rock star, *#$& like a porn star (photos of rock or porn stars)
There is actually one more round of trivia than the provided answer sheet can support, which is a nice surprise at the end of the game. Kind of like finding out you have some more pringles in the can when you could have sworn you’d finished. Sweet (and salty).
The first round, name the celebrity by their childhood photo, was way challenging, as evidenced by our score, only 2 out of 10 correctly identified. Didn’t feel too bad about most of them… I’m not sure if I know what Clive Owen looks like now, much less how he looked back in junior high school (hint: he looked like a member of the Strokes). Probably should have known Uma Thurman. Also, Denzel Washington looks exactly the same as he did as a kid, which is good, because 1 out of 10 is an awful score.
The next hardest round was the Chicago athletes, which should have been renamed with the word “Obscure” at the front. No fooling around. The round featured two Blackhawks and one member of the Chicago Fire. We only recognized Brandon Lloyd from his U of I days. Also, I think there was a picture of Jeff Samardzija from a Notre Dame frat party. Good thing spelling doesn’t count.
Nice specials for the night. $5 glasses of wine, $4 Stella, and allegedly $5 salads. The salad special wasn’t very well advertised. If we knew about it, we probably would have had one. Also, we tried to order a 16 oz PBR, but they had run out, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Some fun incentives included a perfect score any round = skillet cookie and
best team name = shots (winner: Goat to hell… so-so in my opinion). It would seem that skillet cookies would be flowing like water, but the rounds are hard enough that getting 10/10 is pretty difficult. Our closest call was with the 2001 movies round (9/10). I swear that that girl in Rush Hour 2 really does look like the one in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Sorry, team. (Editor’s note: she looks like that girl because she is that girl.)
All in all, it was a fun time and refreshing twist to a night of trivia. The host was efficient, personable, and kind of know-it-allish (as a good trivia host should be) and the specials were good. I should also note that “mug shots” is a very popular trivia photo round… this may have been our 3rd or 4th encounter with celebrity mug shots and it’s always rewarding to be able to recycle some trivia knowledge.
I’d go back… but first, does anyone have a Chicago Blackhawks program I can borrow?
UPDATE: Read about our second visit to Brownstone Picture Trivia here!
Brownstone Tavern & Grill
3937 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago
8:00pm to 9:30pm