Although some people really enjoy watching Bradley Walsh on The Chase, it’s clear to all that the king of all TV quiz shows is Pointless. Not only is the concept much better, you also don’t have to endure the smug, arrogant attitudes of those ‘chasers’, who sit there like that group of middle-aged nerds you get at so many pub quizzes, quietly sniggering to themselves because nobody else knows who wrote the theme tune to Peak Practice. Well, screw em – head to one of these brilliant quizzes in Manchester instead…
Quizimodo runs every Wednesday at Odd in the NQ, and every Wednesday at Oddest in Chorlton. I’ve never had the chance to check to see if it’s the same questions, although I don’t think it would be very useful if they were – unless you could devise some way to communicate over vast distances but into the past by about 10 seconds. And if you could do that, then you wouldn’t be pissing about in Odd on a Wednesday night trying to think what the 4 members of East 17 were called.
They describe the quiz as a ‘multi media extravaganza of knowledge and stupidity’, and indeed it is great fun, including a very competitive bonus drawing round at the end. This is also a quiz that I’ve won, so extra points there! Starting at 8pm, it’s a good idea to get there early.
Odd, 30-32 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1ER
Oddest, 414-416 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0SD
8pm – 10pm
The Friendship Quiz
My mate Darren Beattie, who enjoys the traditional ingredients of football, beer and darts, is fond of proclaiming The Friendship Inn as “The Best Pub in Europe™”. Although I think the Hare & Hounds in Shudehill might just pip it to the post; the Friendship is a great ‘traditional’ pub and in stark contrast with many of the other places to be found in Fallowfield.
The booze is always of a high quality (attributed to an OCD landlord who cleans the pipes after every 2 barrels), as is their TWO quizzes on Tuesdays and Sundays. Tuesday is General Knowledge, while Sunday is primarily set aside for Music. The atmosphere is great, it’s free, the quizmaster is a legend and you can win a gallon of beer (8 pints) – excellent.
Friendship Inn, 351 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester, Lancashire M14 6XS
Every Tuesday and Sunday
9pm – 11.30pm
The Fab Cafe Quiz
Coined as the world’s first television and movie theme bar, Fab Cafe is adorned with the kind of kitsch, sci-fi memorabilia you would expect from a weekend at Comic-Con. Movie posters, model spaceships, a TARDIS, pinball machines and arcade games all feature in the bar, with one of my favourite touches coming from the Star Trek bridge/DJ area.
Make sure to get yourself here early doors for this fantastic quiz, featuring a varied range of questions and challenges. The crowning glory of this quiz is undoubtedly at half-time; a momentous occasion occurs. One where dreams come true and all prejudices are laid aside…. there is free food. I am not just talking a plate of chips or a bag of crisps, I’m talking about what can only be described as the entire contents of a 1987 wedding buffet shared amongst the teams. On top of this, drinks are cheap! What more do you want????
Fab Cafe, Gainsborough House, 109 Portland St, Manchester M1 6DN
£1 per person
8.30pm – 11pm
I was truly in two minds as to whether to include the Common Knowledge quiz in here because I’ve had a few bad experiences, which subsequently soured my face more than usual. The main gripe comes from the first ever time I did the quiz.
Twas myself and my girlfriend, and I was doing brilliantly, in fact, after 3 rounds I was winning (I say “I” because there was otherwise limited input from elsewhere). The 4th and final round however, was a game of play your cards right, and I buggered it up with pure arrogance. In the end I came 4th – primarily because of the final round and I left the establishment feeling upset and a little cheated.
More recently I did the quiz though and we won – so that makes it a bit better. And it was very enjoyable indeed, with great questions, some top bantz, and a very enjoyable play-doh round – So I forgave them.
Common, 39 Edge St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M4 1HW
First and third Wednesday of every month
7pm – 10pm
Abel Heywood Themed Quizzes
Abel Heywood have been putting on some brilliant themed quizzes since opening and this looks to continue. Annoyingly I came a close second in the sudden death round of their Star Wars quiz, and since then I’ve not been able to even get close to that. I didn’t know how many times bigger the 2nd Death Star was to the 1st by the way, something which I am proud NOT to know.
Upcoming quizzes include Mean Girls and Spaced, so be sure to check them out. One thing to note is that you should definitely book a table before-hand, these quizzes get really busy and if they are full, you’ll have to use someone’s back to write on your answer sheet.
Abel Heywood, 38 Turner St, Manchester M4 1DZ
Various dates and times
Check https://twitter.com/QuizzlyBears for listings
Quiz Tuesdays at Trof
Upstairs at Trof on a Tuesday becomes a cacophony of shouting, arguing, laughing and sometimes crying when their quiz begins. I hear that they have re-vamped the quiz for the new year, but if it is anything like their un-vamped one expect some cracking questions, strange challenges and the odd tantrum.
I remember going to this quiz a few years back and one of the rounds was that one person from each team went up to the front, was given a piece of onion, and the first to cry got 5 points. I think that is genius. Anyway, prizes include cold hard cash, booze and gig tickets – AND they have free chips at half time. It starts at 8pm but I would get there early – the amount of space upstairs would make a sardine claustrophobic.
Trof, 8 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU
8pm – 10pm
The Railway Pub Quiz
The brilliantly traditional Railway pub in West Didsbury, located perpetually within the looming shadow of pub/hotel/4×4 parking space behemoth The Met, runs a weekly pub quiz, which is truly excellent.
For £1 per person you get to sit in a truly great, proper boozer, with a great selection of real ales, cheap doubles, a massive packet of Quavers and a great quiz. Get yourself down there on a Tuesday to check it out. Or go down any night – they also have live music and comedy and packets of Cheese & Onion too. Or don’t. It’s up to you what you do innit. See ya.
The Railway Inn, 3 Lapwing Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2NT
8pm – 10pm
£1 per person