Watch the directors cut of Titanic. Comb through all the 564 amendments to the health care bill. Build a better mousetrap. What do all of these things have in common? They are things I had time to do during the span of Monday’s trivia night at Bar Louie–which lasted about a bijillion hours. Actually, it lasted just under four hours, and there aren’t many activities that I want to do for four hours. In fact, I can think of just 2 of them: stare at pictures of Robert Pattinson and complain about this trivia night.
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We played as Team: Senator Creamsicle because, well, it’s a really funny name. And we love cats.
Trivia at Bar Louie is provided by Whatddyaknow Trivia, which is not a my favorite format. There are 6 questions per round; you answer the questions one at a time and have an entire song to come up with your answer and a wager. This makes a rather long and slow evening. Despite the slow pace, I actually really liked the variety of questions last night. They hit on all my favorite topics: baby animals, Saved By the Bell, and alcohol.
I hate to call out the host because he seems like a really nice guy, but he sure runs a loooong trivia night. The grading went really slowly and he wasted time with tons of strange and awkward banter. For example, he tried to light a fire under the dying crowd by announcing that the 1st place team’s (that was us!) lead had gotten “a lot less huge.”
We had a strong lead all night but ended up dropping from 1st to 2nd place over the course of the final two questions. Lucky for us, the final two questions took 45 minutes for the host to grade, so we had time to come to terms with our loss.
We may have come in 2nd, but I think all of us who made it out of that bar with our sanity are winners. I almost didn’t make it myself. I spent the last 30 minutes head in hands, rocking back and forth, demanding that we leave because I just couldn’t take it anymore.
Still, if you live/work in the area, don’t mind spending 4 hours playing trivia, or think that “gotten a lot less huge” is a perfectly fine synonym for the word shrank, then Bar Louie’s trivia night might be for you. In fact, we won a $25 gift card, and since we’re probably not going back, we’re happy to give it to the first person who emails us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specials are pretty cheap–$3 Sam Adams Boston Lager and Octoberfest and $3 giant bowls of chili–so that gift card should go far.
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