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12 Best Trivia Spots in Atlanta

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published September 9, 2021 and last updated March 9, 2022. 

Team trivia has something for everybody. 

Whether you’re the whiz of the group or the dunce, a trivia outing is about so much more than the questions themselves. While it’s definitely more fun when you win, there are several other factors that go into making trivia night a can’t-miss event.

We hand-picked a few of our very favorite trivia spots both ITP and OTP based on their food and drinks (duh), the space itself, and, of course, the trivia.

North River Tavern’s U.F.O. Burger | Photo: NorthRiverTavern.com

North River Tavern

The Mecca of OTP trivia. Located where East Cobb, Dunwoody, Roswell, and Sandy Springs intersect, this family-friendly sports bar is accessible for everybody. Not only does NRT have the convenience of geography, but it also offers trivia three nights a week.

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With consistently tasty bar food at reasonable prices, it’s hard to go wrong here. Nobody at your table will complain if you order anything from the “Freshly Battered, Deep Fried & Extremely Addictive” section and the wings and burgers are stellar, especially the award-winning U.F.O burger (we’d explain what’s in it, but trust us…just order it). If you have a thrill-seeker in your group, point them in the direction of the El Guapo hot wing challenge and they might find themselves on the Wall of Flame. Some things are bigger than trivia. In addition to your standard libations, North River Tavern serves up dozens of local and imported craft beers, available in pints and pitchers.

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No matter how busy it gets, you’ll likely never need to wait long for a table perfectly sized for your team nor will you need to search far for a parking spot. Plus, the sound is crystal clear all throughout the massive restaurant, which also utilizes screens in case you’re more of a visual processor when it comes to trivia. It is, however, awfully large so you might find yourself breaking into a light trot if you’re across the restaurant and running out of time to turn in your answer.

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You have options to choose from, with contests on Mondays at 7:00 PM, Wednesdays at 7:30 PM, and Thursdays at 8:00 PM. The space is huge, the A/V is effective, and the hosts are seasoned. NRT can put on trivia in their sleep, so all you need to worry about is bringing the brains.

Smith's Olde Bar | Photo: Facebook/SmithsOldeBar
Smith’s Olde Bar | Photo: Facebook/SmithsOldeBar

Smith’s Olde Bar

They could have just served up insane food and crisp beer and called it a day. They could have added a huge area for pool, darts, and other games and still been a premier Atlanta watering hole. But Smith’s Olde Bar also happens to be one of Atlanta’s most historic music venues, having hosted musicians such as David Bowie, John Mayer, Kings of Leon, and Zac Brown Band. Never a place to slap on cruise control, they also manage to put on weekly karaoke, comedy shows, and team trivia nights.

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Smith’s serves up some of the best wings in Atlanta, a city renowned for its beloved wings. As Steak Shapiro recommended in his Top 12 Wings in Atlanta list, the sweet heat sauce is the perfect balance of flavors and the wings themselves are crispy and juicy. There are several other delicious items, like the Backyard Chicken Club, but the drinks are really where the magic is. Get a shooter or order a beer bucket for the whole team to split. 

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Their greatest strength as a venue is also their Achilles’ heel of a trivia location. It’s such a happening spot, from happy hours to concerts, that the trivia nights often struggle to keep up. Unless you have a table in the same room as the trivia host, you’ll probably have to strain a bit to hear the questions. Nobody wants to be the grumpy person complaining about the noise levels of someone waiting in line for a concert, so you may just need to accept the madness as an occupational hazard. There’s no onsite parking, but there’s plenty of spots available in the Ansley Mall shopping center right across the street. 

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Like North River Tavern, Smith’s is a patron of the nation-wide Team Trivia organization. These questions are usually fun and straightforward, but make sure you check out the free Answer of the Night to give your team an extra leg up on the competition. 

New Realm

New Realm has certainly earned its place as one of the most popular meet-up spots on the Beltline. With its iconic westward view of the city (just watch the crowd congregating for pics at sunset) as well as a sprawling layout that comfortably fits hundreds, New Realm is a happening hangout spot. Did you know they also offer trivia three nights a week?

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The food here has no business being as good as it is. Most breweries keep their grub low on the totem pole of prioritization, often outsourcing to food trucks and pop-ups, and New Realm could easily do the very same, relying on their beer and stunning views. Instead they knock the gastronomical side of things out of the park. They have incredible pizza, one of the best burgers in town, and no shortage of delicious appetizers for the whole team to split (our current favorite is the Asian-Style Loaded Fries, with Char Siu Pork, Sriracha, Cilantro, and Garlic-Miso Mayo). Needless to say, New Realm also has a killer lineup of in-house beers and seltzers. 

The Venue 🏙️

Anybody who’s been to New Realm can tell you that there’s no such thing as a bad seat, particularly on the top level, where the trivia takes place.

The Trivia Quality 📝

This is adult-themed trivia, so leave the kids at home for this one. The questions are a mix of straightforward trivia and more outside-of-the-box activities, all to score some house cash. They offer trivia Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 PM and Thursdays at 8:00 PM. 

The Nook’s Buffalo Chicken Totchos | Photo: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Nook

Overlooking Piedmont Park for over a decade, the Nook is one of the most exciting neighborhood bars in Midtown. With its massive covered patio and huge interior bar, you’ll be equally at home if you’re bringing a group for dinner or grabbing a drink after work. The Nook checks all the boxes of great food, strong drinks, and a relaxed atmosphere. 

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The Totchos are a thing of legend: part tots, part nachos, fully delicious. These smothered spuds are available in several incredible configurations. In response to the pandemic, The Nook has made every type of Totcho a Giving Totcho, which benefits the Giving Kitchen, a beloved Atlanta nonprofit dedicated to assisting Atlanta’s restaurant community facing hardship. We also recommend ordering the house-smoked wings (pro tip: get the sauce on the side to maximize the crispiness of your wings) and a surprisingly delicious black bean burger. In the drinks column, they offer several perfectly-crafted signature cocktails, but their most iconic offering is the Fishbowl, a gallon-sized behemoth available in seven different flavors. You’d probably be best off sharing with your team (with the sanitary separate straws, of course) but tread lightly if you plan to consume a gallon of alcohol on a Wednesday.

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While the inside and outside are both pleasant places for your trivia team, there is no parking specifically for the Nook. Scout out street parking or consider taking a Lyft or Uber (especially if you’re partaking in a fishbowl). 

The Trivia Quality 📝

This goes down on Wednesdays at 8pm and is an Outspoken Entertainment event. The questions are straightforward and cover a wide array of categories so assemble a well-rounded lineup!

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Moe’s and Joe’s | Photo: Creative Loafing

Moe’s and Joe’s

This Virginia Highland staple has been in business since the Truman Administration. Not much has changed since 1947. There’s an understanding among every patron that you’re getting simple and delicious bar food with plenty of cheap and refreshing (two adjectives that don’t go together nearly enough) Pabst Blue Ribbon. 

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PBR! PBR, PBR, PBR. And again, for the people in the back, PBR! Moe’s and Joe’s is known nationwide for slinging endless quantities of the stuff and they have the prices to show for it. Whether you’re getting a $3.50 pitcher or a $2 16-oz can, it’s an unspoken rule that you’re drinking at least one PBR while you’re there. If you’re hungry, you can get the classic Moe’s and Joe’s order: a Mo Jo Burger and fries with a 16-oz PBR and your bill will come in under $10. No joke. This order is no-frills but incredibly satisfying.

The Venue 🏙️

There’s free street parking around the area. Do what you can to sit outside and enjoy some of the best people-watching in Atlanta. If you can’t, there’s plenty of seating indoors.

The Trivia Quality 📝

This is another Team Trivia location, so it’s consistent and varied in question categories. Moe’s and Joe’s holds it on Wednesdays at 8:30 PM. 

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub

Who doesn’t love an Irish pub? From food that sticks to your ribs to the proprietary perfect pint of Guinness, it’s the very definition of comfort. Olde Blind Dog (second restaurant on this list with “olde” in the name!) has comfort food in spades.

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The short rib quesadilla is nothing short of a perfect appetizer, but if you’re really trying to enjoy some authentic Irish fare, check out the shepherd’s pie, pot roast, and corned beef & cabbage. And it wouldn’t be a proper Irish outing if you didn’t order a tall, professionally-poured glass of Guinness. Even if you don’t usually like it, you can’t deny how much better it tastes when served up by well-trained hands (so well-trained, in fact, that they were the first American pub to win the coveted “Irish Pub of the Year” award).

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You can go to either of OBD’s locations, in Brookhaven or Milton, for trivia. They’re both spacious with plenty of places for your team to set up battle stations. Additionally, the entire space is intricately decorated, immediately transporting you across the pond to enjoy a pint in Dublin.

The Trivia Quality 📝

Start your week off right with trivia at either location on Mondays at 7:00 PM. Once again, make sure you look up the free Answer of the Night at TeamTrivia.com! 

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Red’s Beer Garden

One of Atlanta’s best new hangouts, tucked between Grant Park and East Atlanta Village, is Red’s Beer Garden. Ed and Kristen (AKA “Red”) Sumpter wanted to open a cool local spot showcasing beer in self-serve coolers…add in some fantastic food and you’ve got a winner on your hands. This is quickly becoming one of ATL’s hottest spots for team trivia.

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This food is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, offering a tight lineup of favorites like hot dogs and nachos. First timers would be wise to order Red’s Favorite hot dog, topped with pimento cheese, fig jam, and bacon. Sounds weird? It is. In the best possible way. If you’re not feeling quite that adventurous, you can make your own dog or get one of the simpler sandwiches. Whatever you order, make sure you get it with a side of Red’s Sauce. Trust us. On the drinks side of things, there’s a rotating roster of five beers on tap as well as a massive collection of dozens of beer, seltzers, and more in the fridge, so everyone on your trivia team will find something to enjoy.

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I don’t mean to be THAT guy, but this place’s vibes are off the charts. The staff is helpful and the other customers are easy-going and help provide a sense of community (the dogs help too). This is the kind of spot where you feel like a regular from the moment you set foot on the premises. There’s a vast outdoor seating area with lots of indoor seating as well. As a fair warning, if you’re sitting outside, it can be a schlep to get to the host stand to turn in your answer, so make sure your team works efficiently! Especially if you’re stopping to pet the dogs.

The Trivia Quality 📝

These questions are provided by Outspoken Entertainment so you can expect a wide range of categories and difficulty. Trivia is offered every Tuesday at 7:00 PM, but maybe show up early to snag a good spot and partake in the Happy Hour dollar-off-drinks special from 4-6pm.

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Suburban Tap

Ask anybody in East Cobb where to hang out and Suburban Tap will likely be on their shortlist. Factor trivia into the mix and there are few places more popular than this family-friendly sports bar. They’ve been in business in the same location for over two decades and have been hosting trivia for nearly as long, so they know what they’re doing here.

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The food here is almost exactly the same as North River Tavern. This is not an exaggeration…the menus are literally identical, besides a few minor differences. Like NRT, opt for the wings and something from the infamous “Battered Fresh, Deep Fried & Extremely Addictive” section, because…duh. They’ve also got over thirty beers on tap and over 100 options in bottles and cans. Pro tip: you’d be making a mistake if you didn’t order the decadent Big Brownie sundae, a warm “mattress sized” brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and a metaphorical and literal cherry on top.

The Venue 🏙️

Given the throngs of families coming in and out of Suburban Tap on a daily basis, they’ve got a massive space, with a huge patio and plenty of indoor seating as well. With the dark lighting and beer posters, this place is family-friendly without alienating the older clientele coming for the drinks. Plus, there’s arcade games, and who doesn’t love that? The parking lot can be slightly treacherous and space on trivia nights can be limited so be prepared with a backup plan.

The Trivia Quality 📝

After all these years putting on trivia by Team Trivia twice a week, Suburban Tap runs a tight ship. The audio quality is stellar, the hosts are efficient, and the food and drinks never stop flowing. This is simply an iconic OTP trivia locale. Check it out on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM (which also happens to be 2 for 1 boneless wing night, if you’re into the oxymoronic “boneless wing” thing) or Saturdays at 8:30 PM.

Photo Credit: DBA Barbecue

DBA Barbecue

When you think about unbelievably tasty BBQ, chances are your first thought is a shack in the middle of nowhere rather than an air-conditioned restaurant in Virginia Highland. But DBA Barbecue is no joke.

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At DBA, every item on the menu is worth trying. They nail the staples, like pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and house-cured pastrami as well as the sides, like cole slaw, collards, and potato salad. Don’t be afraid to get a little funky, though. The Smoked Pastrami Reuben takes that unbelievably good 14-day house-cured and smoked pastrami and tops it with the classic reuben fixings of Thousand Island dressing, melted swiss, and sauerkraut on toasted marble rye. It marries the greatest parts of deli food and BBQ. Throw in DBA’s $1 muffin with honey butter (or two…or three…or…) and you’ll be quickly reminded why BBQ is the ultimate comfort food. There’s also always drink specials, so you and your team can fuel your trivia victory with a pitcher or specialty cocktail. 

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D.B.A. is a large restaurant with its own free parking lot, so you should generally be able to find a spot to park your car and a table to park your team. There are several TVs around the dining room and patio that display the questions, which is helpful because there’s some places where it’s hard to hear the host.

The Trivia Quality 📝

This is run by the Team Trivia organization so the questions are fairly standard. This is, however, Adult Trivia, so players need to be 21+ and you should expect several questions to cover illicit topics like sex and drugs. These questions can either be very obvious (to the corrupted mind) or so obscure that there’s no way you’ll get it right. If you’re a strict trivia connoisseur, you may find it frustrating, but it’s still a blast.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Every city needs its burger joint, and Grindhouse is fully deserving of its local popularity, with locations in Decatur, Reynoldstown, Morningside, Brookhaven, Athens, and even the airport

The Grub & The Booze 🍻

At Grindhouse, you can build your own or opt for one of their signature burger styles, like the Grindhouse Style (with American cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, pickles, and Grindhouse sauce) or the Hillbilly Style (with pimento cheese, jalapenos, Texas-style chili, and sliced red onion). The beef patties are fantastic, as are the turkey, veggie, and Impossible burger options. Don’t forget to get crinkle fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries, or frings (fries and onion rings) for a balanced meal.

The Venue 🏙️

Each Grindhouse location is spacious, with ample indoor and outdoor seating, and often multiple floors. Plus, you place your order at the counter so once you’re seated, you’re set! Onsite parking is also typically quite available.

The Trivia Quality 📝

They do Dirty South Trivia on Monday evening at 7:30 PM across all locations (besides the airport…but playing trivia while waiting for a delayed flight honestly sounds like a great idea).

Photo Credit: Pour Taproom

Pour Taproom

At Pour, you get what you pay for. Literally! You pour your own beer, wine, or craft cocktails and only pay by the ounce. Whether you just want to try a sip of an intriguing lager or fill an IPA to the rim of your glass, Pour has you covered.

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In addition to the DIY drink-pouring concept, Pour also has a variety of food options at each location. All of them have original pub fare like Pizza Eggrolls, Waffle Fries, and a Bavarian Pretzel. Additionally, the Beltline location has an abbreviated menu from its next-door neighbor Nina & Rafi, so you can pair your favorite beer with delicious pizza, wings, and rice balls.

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Pour has locations in cities like Buffalo, Durham, and Knoxville, but it has three Atlanta stores: on the Beltline, in Midtown, and in West Midtown. Parking can be tricky at these, but they’re all relatively walkable. Plus if you’re pouring your own drinks, you might want to play it safe and not drive.

The Trivia Quality 📝

This trivia is by Outspoken Entertainment and takes place at Midtown on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM and at the West Midtown and the Beltline locations on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Das BBQ

Atlanta has many BBQ spots held in high esteem, but there’s a selective top tier of spots for smoked meats; Das BBQ is certainly in that echelon.

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Das BBQ has everything you’re looking for with BBQ: brisket, ribs, smoked wings, and all the sides you could hope for. One of their most exceptional dishes, however, is their Elote Cream Corn, a slow-roasted cream mixture of corn, cheese, and jalapenos, which give it a perfectly spicy kick to balance out the slightly sweet corn. The beer supply is always on point, especially their great deals on Shiner and Sweetwater.

The Venue 🏙️

There are two Das BBQ locations, both with plenty of free parking. The OG restaurant is in West Midtown, and it’s great, but their newest spot in Grant Park has a fantastic outdoor patio in addition to a comfortable interior area.

The Trivia Quality 📝

Das BBQ’s trivia is Dirty South, and it’s available at the Grant Park location on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM and in West Midtown on Thursdays at 7:00 PM.

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