I think pub quizzes are an excellent way to combine a night out with drinks and an opportunity to exercise your brain, and even more so when you’re already tired of sightseeing. There’s a whole bunch of pubs and bars doing pub quizzes on various days; the setup might be a bit different in each, but the concept is always the same – stretch your brain muscles and win some sweet prizes!
The one we go most of all is McSorleys at the bottom of Ranelagh Village, a busy and bustling neighbourhood. The quiz starts a bit late (21:30 on Thursdays), for some reason all of them do, even on a weekday. There’s no entry fee and the winning team takes away a 50 euro drinks voucher! 2nd and 3rd place get a €25 voucher each.
What’s unusual about the quiz in McSorleys is that they don’t use all of this old-fashioned pen and paper nonsense. Instead, you download their own app and connect to a separate WiFi network, and you submit your answers via the app. I was very skeptical of this approach at first but have to say it works extremely well and pretty much eliminates cheating; you just don’t have the time to look anything up.
And also, if you’re a frequent visitor, you can accumulate your winning vouchers and then go on a drinking spree!