triv·i·a 1 \ˈtri-vē-ə\
Insignificant or inessential matters; trifles.
The act of answering questions regarding information that is often useless or inapplicable. An excuse for the uneducated to feel knowledgeable.
I’ve been a regular at Bull McCabes in downtown Durham for some time. It’s probably one of my favorite standbys, not only for the great beer selection, friendly patrons and awesome spicy veggie burger, but for the legendary Wednesday night trivia.
The competition is fierce and the bar is always packed, so get there early, like way early, and fend off the hoards of people trying to stalk your booth. Teams of 2 to 6 players compete through three rounds to win a bar tab for the evening. The second round is reserved for a special topic. This is the time to call upon your weird Trekkie co-worker or neighbor from Canada to join the team. Favorites from the past include audio rounds, Las Vegas, astronomy, TV sitcoms, literary first lines, famous sidekicks and “Rock and Roll Will Never Die, But I Might.” The real entertainment, besides the jokes about Gee’s mom, is the battle for the best team name. Here’s a hint: be creative, current, and moderately vulgar, and you stand a good chance of winning a pitcher of beer for your team.
Besides trivia, Bull McCabe’s often has special themed parties and events. It’s a pretty rowdy and juvenile crowd on St. Patrick’s Day, but the rest of the year it seems to attract a more mature group of patrons. Graduate students, young professionals, barflys and locals. The bar is large and good for groups, dinner and first dates.
Also, the french fries here are fantastic.
Bonus: The walls are filled with old books on subjects like Junior High Chemistry, British Legal Procedure and how to bake a perfect pineapple upside down cake. It makes for good conversation or an easy diversion when your date is super awkward.