Last Tuesday night we went back to one of our old favorite bars which canceled trivia for a few months but just recently reinstated it. And we won. It’s a Thanksgiving miracle!
Clybar does not have the frills that some other trivia bars have. The menu isn’t fancy like Witt’s. There aren’t prizes galore like at State. And its trivia host does not dress in drag like at Crew. Still, Clybar has what matters most: cheap food, great drink specials, and good trivia. All wraps are 1/2 price and come with a generous portion of fries or tots. Draft beers are just $3, including some pretty fancy beers like Gumballhead and Bud Lite. What a steal.
Trivia was great. The host was succinct and didn’t appear to have ambitions to be a comedian, which regular readers know is a huge plus for us. Trivia was provided by Whaddyaknow Trivia which we have mixed feelings about (see here and here), but tonight we thought the questions and pacing were stellar. Plus, there was a lot of really fun and creative Thanksgiving related trivia. We only have one complaint. We were asked who won the Nobel Prize in economics this year and were told the answer was Paul Krugman. That’s false. He won last year, Elinor Ostrom won this year. We wouldn’t have gotten it right anyways (our answer would have been “some woman”), but we don’t like it when (a) hosts don’t do their homework and (b) women’s accomplishments are marginalized.
The dramatic part of Whaddyaknow Trivia comes at the end when you can wager up to 15 points on each of the 2 final questions. The catch is that if you get the question wrong, you lose those points. We always wager big. And we always lose. But tonight we resisted temptation and didn’t wager much and ended up winning it all. First prize was a $30 gift card to Clybar– which covered most of our tab because the specials were so great.
Since Clybar has come under new management, thay’ve made some really cool renovations: new specials and huge new flat screen TVs. Parking is a breeze and the menu is cheap. Plus it’s a Purdue bar, and one of our teammates claims the Big 10 is where it’s at this year in basketball. That’s debatable, but what’s beyond debate is Clybar’s trivia night. It’s a lot of fun, and you should definitely check it out!
2417 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago
3 paws! (Out of 4)