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New Orleans Trivia Bars 

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Those not blessed with exceptional hand-eye coordination no longer need fear: barroom recreation extends beyond pool, darts and foosball. Competitors come out in droves for bar trivia nights, also known as "pub quiz." The difficulty of the questions draws some Jeopardy!-caliber players, and reigning winners aggressively defend their titles. Here are some bars with trivia nights — the question of which to attend is one with no wrong answer.

45 Tchoup (4529 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-9066)

Bert's Super Awesome Fun Time Trivia night, named for its quizmaster, doesn't just award prizes based on correct answers: there's also distinction for silliest team name and other categories. The night features four rounds, including a video round, with 10 questions each. Free admission. 9 p.m. Mondays.

Bridge Lounge (1201 Magazine St., 299-1888; www.bridgeloungenola.com)

The Lower Garden District bar started hosting trivia this past fall, but the crowd it draws has already outgrown the space. The quizmaster asks six rounds of questions, including a "shout-out round," testing players' knowledge of a range of topics. Prizes include liquor, T-shirts and glasses. Admission is $5 per team. 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

Carrollton Station (8140 Willow St., 865-9190; www.carrolltonstation.com)

Entertainment is highlighted at this trivia contest: one round is devoted to questions about music, movies and TV. The four rounds consist of 10 questions each, plus a tiebreaker. Prizes include bar tabs, T-shirts, hats and more; the tiebreaker winner wins a free pitcher of Abita Amber. Free admission. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Crown & Anchor (200 Pelican Ave., 227-1007; www.crownanchorpub.com)

Algiers Point's trivia competition features three rounds with 10 questions each and a tiebreaker; a common question has players guess a movie based on DVD chapter titles. Admission is $1 per player, per round; winners get the money. 8 p.m. Thursdays.

Finn McCool's Irish Pub (3701 Banks St., 486-9080; www.finnmccools.com)

Billed as the "best pub quiz this side of Belfast," Finn's takes its trivia night seriously. The expat hub has hosted pub quiz for eight years, and the five rounds of questions cover a variety of topics. Prizes include bar tabs, pint glasses and assorted knick-knacks. Free admission. 8 p.m. Mondays.

Half Moon Bar & Restaurant (1125 St. Mary St., 522-0599)

The trivia game here consists of three categories, which change weekly, with 10 questions each. During the second category, buying a round of shots earns teams two bonus points. First- and second-place winners earn bar tabs; last place earns a can of ravioli. Free admission. 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446)

Hi-Ho's trivia night is the newest of the bunch at five weeks old. Michael Lentz of bands White Colla Crimes, I, Octopus and Half a Million Strangers emcees the night, which includes three rounds of questions and a tiebreaker. One round focuses on New Orleans-specific questions. Prizes include Pie Ho Pizza and bar tabs. 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Stage Door Canteen at the National World War II Museum (945 Magazine St., 528-1944; www.nationalww2museum.org)

The museum's entertainment venue has hosted trivia night on a monthly basis since February. The six rounds of questions include a World War II-themed round, but anything goes in the other rounds. Winners get gag prizes, and participants can order food and drinks from the American Sector bar. Free admission. Dates and times vary; visit the website for details.

click to enlarge A trivia competition packs the Bridge Lounge. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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