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    Geeks Who Drink bring new and improved pub trivia to Tucson

    Geeks Who Drink bring new and improved pub trivia to Tucson

    When John Dicker played pub quizzes in New York City in 2000 and 2001, he had no way of knowing he would soon become the co-founder and owner of one of the most well-known pub trivia companies in the United States.

    “”I liked the social aspect of it. It’s sort of unique,”” Dicker said. After playing pub trivia, he decided to try being a quizmaster, and the rest is history. Dicker co-founded Geeks Who Drink in Denver, Colo. in 2006, and since then has brought pub trivia to bars all over the U.S. including New Mexico, Washington, Texas and Tucson.

    So what makes a night with Geeks Who Drink different from other pub trivia events? Generally speaking, pub trivia consists of pop culture questions thrown intermittently between club music. Dicker, however, became unsatisfied with this method since the rate of play is about six questions per hour.

    As a result, pub trivia by Geeks Who Drink is a lot more methodical and diverse. Each quiz is made up of eight rounds including visual and musical rounds. Every question is conversation-based, so the entire experience is very social and engaging.

    Dicker explains the company has “”pioneered using the web to reinforce/glorify what happened in the pub.”” Every quiz gets blogged the next day with photos, a narrative recap of the night’s events and even the final scores. “”It really brings all of the different bars together,”” Dicker said.

    If you head to geekswhodrink.com and check out the section with the best team names of the week.

    There are two local bars that host weekly pub trivia events, Hotel Congress and The Auld Dubliner; Congress’ pub quiz night is Tuesdays at 8 p.m., and the Dubliner’s is on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Trivia topics vary, but every month or two Geeks Who Drink host a themed quiz night. Past events have included Harry Potter and The Simpsons-based trivia.

    For November, the themed quiz is South Park, and the event has been named “”Screw Your Quiz, I’m Going Home!”” The event is pay-to-play, and the winning team will take a cash prize.

    Anything else you should know about pub trivia before you head down and try it? “”Don’t think you have to be good at trivia to enjoy the quiz,”” Dicker said. “”It’s a good way to hang out socially.””

    Oh and remember, don’t ever shout the answers … ever.

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