After a hard day's work, many Sydney locals blow off steam at pub trivia, a popular group activity where the prizes can be substantial.
are usually run by an MC who asks the questions, keeps score and hands out
prizes, which range from bar vouchers to free food to t-shirts and hats. Jackpot
prizes can make the game even more exciting, with some pubs offering $1,000 Australian dollars to the team that correctly
answers a difficult set of trivia questions.
pubs have the best trivia and the biggest payouts? For $100 bar vouchers, head
to Technology Park Hotel in Alexandria, The
Townie in Balmain, the Coogee Bay Hotel in Coogee, the Harbord Beach Hotel in Freshwater or The
Union Hotel in North Sydney. To strike it big, shoot for the rarely
won prize at Dicks Hotel Balmain, one of the pubs
that offers a $1,000 Australian dollar prize.
as a good reward may be, prizes don’t have much to do with participant
retention and enjoyment, said Andrew Coorey, owner of Sydney's Best Trivia. On a typical evening, a trivia night might
pull in 90 people, but 80 of those people will leave without winning anything
at all, he said. Other factors, such as location, a good MC and decent meal options
are more important for getting participants in the door week after week.
To find a
good trivia night, check in with your favourite local pub – unless, of course,
you're after the big win.
Schoenman is the Sydney Localite for BBC Travel