Updated July 2018
Trivia nights are popular group events often held at various restaurants, bars, taverns and other places where people gather throughout Western New York. While the specific format of each trivia night varies, most involve verbal or written responses to questions during a fun-filled afternoon or evening that can include drink specials and the consumption of unique snack foods.
Trivia nights are held throughout the area, but have become particularly popular at certain establishments in the City of Buffalo as well as select locations in both the Northtowns and Southtowns. The number of regularly held (usually weekly, bi-weekly or monthly) trivia nights in Western New York is impressive and continues to grow. For us to compile an unofficial guide providing accurate information for each trivia night would be difficult due to a variety of circumstances, but please use the following top ten list as a good starting point for dipping your toes into the fun and fascinating world of public trivia competition that helps flex your brain muscles while exercising your drinking arm.
Here are 6 WNY Trivia Nights to Tickle Your Brain
Do you have a favorite trivia night? Drop us a line and give us the specifics (name of venue, address, date and time, etc.) so we can add it to our trivia night rolodex and share with our readers.
Location: 1104 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo / colesbuffalo.com
Day/Time: Wednesdays at 8pm
Cole’s uses the popular “Geeks Who Drink” homegrown pub trivia quiz format, which is modeled after those used in Ireland and the UK. Their quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television shows. Drink specials include $1.50 all pints of beer.
SOLIDAYS BAR AND GRILLE
Location: 3964 Lockport Rd, Niagara Falls, New York
Day/Time: Tuesdays at 9pm
This “Best Trivia in Buffalo” is a must try event. What is better than winning prizes along with dinner and a drink?
RAPIDS BOWLING CENTER
Location: 9524 Niagara Falls Blvd, Niagara Falls, New York 14304
Day/Time: Fridays at 7pm
These Quiz nights end in a prize of a bar tab so you can go to drink or go to win drinks. It’s the best of both worlds.
Location: 75 Edward Street in Buffalo / foundingfatherspub.com
Day/Time: First Tuesday of the month at 7pm
Founding Fathers offers free popcorn and nachos with a great “be the first to shout the answer” atmosphere. Contestants will test their knowledge of all things trivia while having lots of fun. Surprisingly it’s not all about the founding fathers at this trivia night.
Location: 555 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo / thirstybuffalo.com
Day/Time: Tuesdays at 7pm
“DJ Trivia” format allows participants to answers questions from a number of different categories, with “league scores” recorded for repeat customers who are truly competitive.
Location: 73 Hamburg Street in Buffalo / genemccarthys.com
Day/Time: Tuesdays at 7pm
“Trivial Tuesdays” features free trivia in an easy-going atmosphere, with prizes awarded weekly to the top three teams.
O’NEILL’S STADIUM INN & GRILL
Location: 3864 Abbott Road in Orchard Park / oneillsstadiuminn.com
Day/Time: Mondays at 7pm
“DJ Trivia” format played in a festive atmosphere in a traditional Irish pub setting located across the street from Ralph Wilson Stadium. This trivia night features several repeat (meaning every single week) customers and the occasional Buffalo Bills player.
TR INAUGRIAL SITE
Location: 641 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202 / TR site
Day/ Time: Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: 840 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210
Day/Time: every second Friday of the month at 6pm
The “Moderately difficult trivia for moderately sober people“ is on point with what us Buffalonians love! Come by and enjoy your trivia night with a few (we all know it’ll be more) beers!
HOT MAMAS CANTEEN
Location: 12 Military Rd, Buffalo New York 14207
Day/Time: Tuesday’s at 10pm
With Different subjects every week, this trivia night will surely get ya thinkin’!
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