Last Tuesday we tried out State‘s trivia night for the second time. State is like your normal trivia bar on crack. It’s huge and on Tuesday’s it’s packed to capacity with easily a couple hundred people. The prizes are amazing ($800 for first place and $200 for second place), but with so many teams in the mix, you’ll probably be going home empty handed. Luckily, if you order a pitcher of beer, you’ll also get some neat plastic cups that you can take home. That’s sure to make you feel better when you see the winners leaving the bar loaded down with hundreds of dollars.
State’s specials are just moderately special. Burgers and fries are $5.95 (you pay extra for cheese) and domestic pitchers are $12 (including aforementioned cups!). Bud Lime and Landshark beers are $3.50. We all agreed the food and drinks were good, but with so many bars (like Kincades and Rebel) serving $2 burgers on trivia nights, $6 seems pricey. Hey, quit calling me cheap, there’s a recession going on, thankyouverymuch.
Trivia consists of 7 round; this week the topics were: general knowledge, movies/tv/celebrities, sports, tv theme songs, a picture round that required us to match a clothing line’s logo with its celebrity designer, music, and a super hard “ball buster” round. There was also a bonus lightning round in which teams had to name as many Johnny Depp movies as they could in 90 seconds. It’s harder than you think.
State’s trivia isn’t as tough as Globe’s, but it’s still medium to challenging. Luckily, there are chances to win amazing prizes even if you don’t know anything about Johnny Depp. The MC gave away a 19 inch LCD TV to the team who guessed its price most accurately. He also raffled off gift cards to iTunes, Best Buy and State, a Slumdog Millionaire DVD, a Jimmy Buffet greatest hits CD, and a Nintendo Wii. Since we can’t divvy up a Wii 5 ways, we were more than happy not to win and keep our team unity intact.
Trivia starts promptly at 8pm, but you should probably arrive closer to 7:15pm if you want a table. Parking is really difficult so take public transportation or allow a good 20 minutes for circling the block.
To review: food good, specials OK, trivia moderately challenging, parking hard, prizes like woah. State is definitely not your average trivia bar, so if your looking for something new and exciting, try it out!
State Restaurant and Café
935 W. Webster Ave., Chicago
8pm to 10:30pm