We’ve been going to trivia nights for so long, it takes a lot to truly surprise us. We walked into Keenan O’Reilly’s for Monday night trivia, and saw a whopping four people in the bar, and no one said hi or came up to our table to take our order, we was ready for the Worst. Trivia. Night. Ever.
We was pleasantly surprised!
Do not be fooled by the bar’s unassuming exterior (including wet paint signs on the front door) and the sounds of crickets chirping when you enter (if you get there before 8:20). At about 8:25pm a mass of people rushed into the bar for trivia, all of them regulars who were ready to play. Trivia starts at 8:30 on the dot and it is awesome. There are four rounds of questions. The first round was all about Star Wars (a goodbye present to one of the regulars who can’t play trivia for the next few weeks because of work). I’m good friends with many Star Wars fanatics, who would all disown me if they ever overheard Sasha and me during a Star Wars round. The entire exercise basically consists of the two of us randomly shouting out Star Wars sounding words: “AT-AT! Tauntaun! Is that a thing? Lando Calrissian-- that's Billy Dee Williams right? Endor? Uncle Ben? Ben Kenobi?” You would not be impressed.
Round two was a great picture ID/handout round. Round three was an amazing audio round, where we had to name the titles and artists of the Billboard top 10 of 1989. Just so happens, popular music from 1988-1993 (and Saved by the Bell) are our absolute trivia strengths so we cleaned up. What’s great about the audio round is that the host plays a good clip (not too long or too short to be frustrating), and he only plays each clip twice. That kind of restraint is key in an audio round. The fourth round is a general knowledge round, where you can wager 1 to 10 points for each answer (using each point value once). An interesting twist on trivia wagering. We liked it.
You can also wager up to all your points on the final question. We did the smart thing (not often I get to say that) and wagered no points, and ended up moving all the way up to second place! We got about $16 for next time (3-4 free drinks, depending on what you get).
The specials are $3 draft Stella Artois and $2 well drinks. They don’t s
erve food have a menu, but – I can NOT believe I have not mentioned this until now – they have a toaster oven and a freezer stocked with Tombstones. No joke. There’s a wonderful smell of freshly-baked frozen pizzas in the air all night long. It’s kind of amazing.
So, awesome trivia, cheap beer, Tombstones. What’s not to love?
Keenan O’Reilly’s Pub
3916 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
8:30 to 10:15pm
4 paws! (out of 4)