Every Wednesday night, Bob and Marie McCarthy of Annapolis can be found at the Annapolis Smokehouse and Tavern for a date night. Why every Wednesday? It’s Trivia Night. “The questions are really interesting. They are challenging in a fun way,” says the mom of one. “Grant, the trivia host, is very funny, and the food is excellent.”
But it’s not just the competition and food that keeps them coming back. It’s the friendships that they’ve built along the way. “We’ve become friends with the owners and servers, the trivia host and many of the other teams. Trivia Night is like hanging out with a bunch of friends,” adds McCarthy.
Whether you’re looking for a bit of competition or just a night of fun, here are five Trivia Nights near Annapolis worth a play.
Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill, Mondays at 7 p.m.
Test your trivia skills at the Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill in Dowell. You’ll have plenty of fun, and a chance to win a Ruddy Duck gift certificate while you sip from a hefty selection of house-brewed.
Arrive early for half-price pizza and pints from 4 to 7 p.m., or indulge on the signature meat loaf topped with a rich demi-glaze. For those with gluten sensitivity, Ruddy Duck has a Gluten-Free menu.
Don’t forget to explore the onsite brewery during your next visit, but first call ahead to schedule a tour.
13200 Dowell Road, Dowell
Ocean City Brewing Company, Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Check out the new Ocean City Brewing Company location in Elkridge, where you can catch a round of trivia on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Place in the top three for a gift certificate.
The restaurant and brewpub is open for happy hour every Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Plus, you can fuel your brain with three tacos for $8.99 with the restaurant’s Taco Tuesday special. And don’t forget to share an order the Totchos—a platter of piping-hot tater tots smothered with toppings like OC Crab Dip.
6630 Marie Curie Drive, Elkridge
Bare Bones Grill and Brewery, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Don’t miss a night of trivia at Bare Bones Grill and Brewery in Ellicott City every Wednesday for a chance to win a gift certificate. Seating can fill up quickly, so call ahead to reserve a spot.
While you play, take advantage of the evening special—a crabcake dinner for $21.99 or a single crabcake for $13.99. Or arrive early for the happy hour buffet and $1 off all 16-ounce drafts, house wine
and rail drinks from
4 to 7 p.m.
9150 Baltimore National Pike #22, Ellicott City
Annapolis Smokehouse and Tavern, Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Stop in at the Annapolis Smokehouse and Tavern in Annapolis for two rounds of trivia every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Smokehouse gift cards are awarded to the top three teams.
Before the game, enjoy happy hour, 3 to 7 p.m., with $2 off draft or domestic beer, $4 off house wines and rail drinks, and food specials.
While you play, grab something off the house menu like Smokehouse wings with a choice of eight different sauces, like Bourbon Cherry.
107 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
Rams Head Shore House, Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Get your juices flowing with four rounds of Think N’ Drink trivia at Rams Head Shore House in Stevensville every Thursday at
8 p.m. Each round has a new category, like “Name that Tune” and “Flicks ‘N’ Pics.” Winners will be earn a $10 gift card.
Arrive early for half-price appetizers, and drink specials, 3 to 7 p.m. While you play, try the Pretzel Dough Brats—bratwursts cooked with the house’s Fordham Copperhead Ale then wrapped in pretzel dough, and be sure to taste the root beer on tap or in-house drafts.
800 Main Street, Stevensville