The Spot has many things to offer. They have beer, wine, and spirit tastings, Glee viewings, football parties, and seasonally, the famed Diva Brunch featuring Scooty and JoJo. And on Tuesdays, they have trivia, brought to you by Mike Trojan!
First things first, if you call, they’ll tell you trivia starts at 7pm. False. It starts at 8. We found that out after inhaling dinner and running into the Spot and up the stairs, only to burst into…an empty room. Well, it wasn’t completely empty. Timmy the bartender was there to show off the holiday decorations and to offer us some pretty good specials: $2 off food (more on that later), $7 giant Fat Tires, and the Best Special Ever: a $6 24 oz. PBR in a brown paper bag. Now that I think about it, it seems a little expensive, but our readers know that we think Giant PBRs are pretty much priceless.
The upstairs green room is pretty small but there were only 4 teams playing this week. Trivia costs $20 per team with a team limit of 4 people. Half of the pot goes to the winners and the other half goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society… as Team in Training alumni, we can certainly get behind that.
Last time we went to trivia at the Spot, the food wasn’t the best. Since then, they apparently locked themselves in a room with Printshop and several cases of PBRs and came out with a menu with such offerings as “Totchos” (tots + nachos) and “What’s Are Mini Corndogs” (???). Most of our team ate before trivia, but one team member did order the “Wing Wings,” chicken wings with a choice of sauces including Relationship (honey jerk, get it?) and A#1 (A-1, get it?). The wings were ginormous and meaty.
Trojan reads 7 rounds of trivia: this week’s were geography, history, music, science, picture round, sports, and a double-point general knowledge round. Each team can choose to double the points on one other round throughout the game. The questions were difficult but reasonable and Trojan is a good host– he’s personable without too much banter. The coolest part of the evening was when Timmy went all Cocktail on us and made root beer shooters for everyone.
We didn’t win, but everyone is a winner at the Spot so we walked away with Armored T-shirts and passes to see it this week. Each week the actual winners get a spot in the Tournament of Champions, which starts in just a couple weeks. Congratulations and good luck to Team Potent Potables (we’re suckers for a good Jeopardy reference)!
The Spot is a little off the beaten path in Uptown (at least until the Target across the street opens). If you find yourself in the area, check it out!
4437 N. Broadway, Chicago
8pm to 10:30pm
$20 admission/team of 4
2.5 paws (out of 4)