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Ottawa Trivia League locations and times


Pub Nights

Since 1998, we've been running pub trivia nights in Ottawa. Some teams have been playing for years. After years of "standing room only," in 2006, we expanded from the Barley Mow Pub to Royal Oak Pubs. Questions cover everything from science to pop culture to history to general weirdness and much more.

You can play in teams (four or five seems to be the best team size). It's free to play, plus, there is a prize for each night's winner in each bar, as well as a prize for the top team anywhere in Ottawa, at the end of the 10-week season. Since it's the same game everywhere in a given week, you can shop around, finding the locale that's best for you. Note crowded locations are tough to get into, so arrive early

  • Every Monday: 6:30 pm at the Lieutenant's Pump, 361 Elgin; street parking; reservations accepted; crowded; hosted by Kim;
  • Every Monday: 7 pm at the Barley Mow Pub, 1060 Bank near Sunnyside; some parking; very crowded; hosted by Paul; call (613) 730-1279
  • Every Monday: 7 pm at the Rochester Pub, 502 Rochester Street; no reservations; hosted by Heather; (613) 233-2103
  • Every Monday: 7 pm at the Kent Street Royal Oak, 180 Kent near Laurier; street parking; hosted by Adam (starts in May); call (613) 422-8269
  • Every Monday: this location is on hiatus for the summer 7:30 pm at the Glebe Clocktower, 575 Bank St, some on-site parking; hosted by Bob; (613) 233-7849
  • Every Monday: 9 pm at the Lieutenant's Pump, 361 Elgin; street parking; crowded; reservations accepted; hosted by Paul; call (613) 238-2949
  • Every Monday: 8 pm at the Keystorm Pub, 2 Courthouse Avenue in Brockville; call (613) 345-0404
  • Every Tuesday: 7:00 pm at Pour Boy; 2nd floor, 495 Somerset St W at Lyon, street parking, crowded; hosted by Mark; call (613) 695-7687
  • Every Tuesday: 7:00 pm at the Lunenburg Pub; 14 Waller St street parking; hosted by Willem; call (613) 860-2277
  • Every Tuesday: 7:00 pm at Irene's Pub, 885 Bank Street in the Glebe; crowded; hosted by Tom; call (613) 230-4474
  • Every Tuesday: 8:00 pm at Yuk Yuk's (doors open at approx. 7:30, entry via Hooley's), 292 Elgin Street; street parking; hosted by Paul; call (613) 236-5233
  • Every Tuesday: 8:00 pm at Bowman's Bar and Grill, 1170 Carling Ave; street parking; hosted by Callum; call (613) 680-9339
  • Every Tuesday: 8:00 pm at the Centrepointe Royal Oak, 117 Centrepointe Dr (out back); hosted by Geoff; street parking, (613) 695-2800
  • Every Wednesday: 7 pm at the Bank Royal Oak, 318 Bank St, between Maclaren and Gilmour; hosted by Paul; street parking, call (613) 236-0190
  • Every Wednesday: 7 pm at the Laurier Royal Oak, 161 Laurier E near UOttawa (in Sandy Hill); street parking; somewhat crowded; hosted by Kevin; (613) 230-9223
  • Every Wednesday: 7 pm (8 pm during the winter half of the year) at the Canal Royal Oak, 221 Echo Drive (upstairs); some parking; hosted by Mark; call (613) 234-3700
  • Every Thursday: 7 pm at the Arrow and Loon Pub, 99 Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue Court); indoor/outdoor parking; no reservations; crowded hosted by Paul; (613) 237-0448
  • Every Thursday: 7:00 pm at Pour Boy; 2nd floor, 495 Somerset St W at Lyon, street parking, crowded; hosted by Megan; call (613) 695-7687
  • Every Sunday: 7:30 pm at Wellington Royal Oak at 1217 Wellington St off Holland, street parking; no reservations; somewhat crowded, hosted by Kim; (613) 728-6661
  • Every Sunday: 7:30 pm at the Westboro Clocktower, 418 Richmond Rd; reservations accepted, hosted by Heather; (613) 680-5883
  • Every Sunday: this location is on hiatus for the summer
  • Every Sunday: 6 pm at Downtown Royal Oak; 188 Bank Street at Gloucester, street parking; hosted by Daniel; does not run the first Sunday of the month, call (613) 232-1057

Our format works like this:

  • 10 multiple choice questions
  • 5 "sound byte" questions, typically music clips
  • Quickies: 9 "fill in the blank" questions
  • 12 open ended questions
  • Mini-theme: 5 questions on a given theme
  • Box of Trivia: questions from a rotating set of games
  • Picture This: ID the pictures
  • Wild Card: works a bit like Final Jeopardy
  • Rush Round: the sooner you know, the more points you get