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Quiz Nights in Cape Town

Geek is the new chic: where to find a Cape Town pub quiz


Start the week with Monday pub quiz night at Oblivion, a Southern Suburbs wine bar that’s been home to a Cape Town quiz classic for nearly a decade.  Test your general knowledge and help the creative juices flow with some of the excellent reds and whites on offer. Make sure to book a table for your team early, as the local Harfield Village haunt fills up each week. Teams stand the chance to win awesome prizes each week (think vouchers, wine and more).
Entry fee and starting time: Entry costs R20p/p, and the quiz starts promptly at 7:30pm.
22 Chichester Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 671 8522


Foreign Exchange
Kicking off at 7:30pm for 8pm, this FREE Tuesday affair is by no means your traditional pub quiz. Not only is the contest specifically designed to cater for both local and international patrons with interesting and fun questions that cover trivia from all around the globe, but it also challenges participants by making use of song snippets, cryptic messages and audio clips from popular films and TV shows. Teams of six (this is the maximum group size) are asked five sets of 10 questions.  Although the topics generally depend on the evening’s quizmaster, contestants can expect to be questioned on anything and everything from geography and history to weather, music and movies. What’s more, the winning team receives a R200 pour-your-own-beer card from Forex, 18 wings from Sticky Fingers BBQ, a private brewery tour and tasting at Drifter Brewing Company and four bottles of Lakeside American Pale Ale.
Entry fee and starting time:
Entry is FREE and the contest begins at 8pm

92 – 95 Station Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 448 0083

The Royal Oak
If you are looking for a classic venue for your quiz night (think British-style pub and pints of beer), The Royal Oak in Blouberg is a top choice. The watering hole’s quizzes take place on the second Tuesday of each month and will set you back only R20 per person. Although The Royal Oak serves up classic English pub fare for lunch (think crispy fish and thick-cut chips), they do not have a dinner service. Therefore, winners of the pub quiz receive meal vouchers worth R75 and those in second place receive meal vouchers worth R40; it’s the perfect excuse to pop back in for a scrumptious workday break or Sunday pub lunch.
Entry fee and starting time: Start time on Tuesday is 7:30pm sharp, and participation costs R20p/p.
Marine Circle | Blouberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 557 0354

Fat Harry’s
Known for its wide selection of local and internationally brewed craft beers, AAA grade steaks and homemade gourmet burgers, Fat Harry’s remains a Kenilworth favourite. Building on its selection of specials including happy hour, a lunch special and live music nights, Fat Harry’s has recently added a bi-monthly Quiz Night to its list of things to do! There is no limit to the size but groups of four, six or eight are recommended so grab your friends and take part in the fun. Themes so far have included general knowledge, sports, a movie night and more, and the grand prize can be anything from a case of craft beer to R200 Fat Harry’s gift vouchers for everyone on the winning team. If quizzes are not your strong suit, fear not, lucky draws during the game and a free drink on arrival ensure that everyone is a winner. Upcoming quiz nights are on 19 July and 2 August.
Entry fee and starting time: Entry is R20p/p. Booking is essential and the quiz starts at 7pm for 7:30pm.
166 2nd Ave | Kenilworth | Cape Town | +27(0)21 671 7433

Beerhouse on Long 
This Long Street bar is known for having 99 beers on the wall. While you work your way through their national and international selection of craft beer and cider, you and your team of brainiacs can play a fun game of trivia. Hosted by OMG Quiz Nights, the awesome features a quick-witted hostess and questions about everything from sports to "name that Hugh Jackman movie". And of course, your prizes will be the golden nectar that is the stuff of man (and lady) drinking dreams  – BEER.
Entry fee and starting time:  R30p/p and the quiz starts at 7:30pmbeerhouse on long street
223 Long Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 3370

Caffé Verdi
English-style Caffé Verdi has long been impressing locals of Wynberg with their light meals and hip atmosphere. And with the pub quiz, the little Italian café’s ambience enjoys a refreshed vibe every Tuesday evening. Order one of their signature pizzas and juicy pub burgers as your team battles for quiz champion status. Participants stand a chance of winning meal vouchers, sweets, drinks and more! Do note that a table reservation is essential to take place in the quiz.
Entry fee and starting time: Expect to pay R30p/p (max of six per team) for the pub quiz, which begins at 7pm.
21 Wolfe Street | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 762 0849


The Stoep & Swing
Dying to get out of the city for a bit? Check out quiet Glencairn (near to Simon’s Town) and spend the evening at The Stoep & Swing’s on the first Wednesday of every month. The chilled out atmosphere is the perfect place to take in ocean views, down a few craft brews and test your knowledge. The winning team will get their entire meal on the house, second place gets a voucher and, even the losing team gets some kind of prize.
Entry fee and starting time: Entry fee is R20 and the quiz starts at 8pm sharp.
12-14 Glen Road | Glencairn | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 782 0314

JC Brasserie and Pub
Are you the king or queen of general knowledge? Then this pub’s weekly Wednesday quiz is just the place for you to prove it. The winning team gets a R400 voucher and shots. In addition, each week varies when it comes to the extra prizes on offer, making it an intense and exciting shindig. Do note that table bookings are required.
Entry fee and starting time: Entry fee is R10p/p and the quiz starts at 8pm sharp.jc in cape town
Corner of de Villiers and Constitution Street | Zonnebloem | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 461 4594


Fireman’s Arms
Established in 1864, this popular Cape Town hangout is purported to be one of the oldest pubs in the city. Known as a testosterone-filled sports fan haunt, the watering hole shifts gears on Thursday nights and embraces a ‘revenge of the nerds’ type atmosphere. Keep in mind that this is one of the largest quiz nights in Cape Town, and questions cover everything from geography and music to current affairs and more, so there is no telling who will be victorious. If you happen to be the winning team, expect prizes like Amarula hampers and bottles of wine.  Book your table early to avoid disappointment; there is no limit on the number of people per team. 
Entry fee and starting time: Cover charge is R20p/p for quiz nights, and the trivia starts at 8pm (no reservations). Cnr Buitengracht & Mechau Street | Cape Town | +27(0)21 419 1513

Somewhat of an institution in the student town of Stellenbosch, Aandklas is famous for rocking music and ‘big name’ shows; but their new weekly quiz nights are rapidly gaining popularity too. Every Thursday, the wine town’s live music venue takes an intellectual twist with a witty pop culture pub quiz that gives patrons the chance to win staggeringly big bar tabs. The four rounds of 10 questions challenge participants in categories like entertainment, music, movies and sports; the winning team – there’s no limit to the number of team members -  wins R400 in drinks, and second and third place teams also walk away with a bar tab.
Entry fee and starting time: Participation is totally FREE! The quiz kicks off at 9pm.aandklas in stellenbosch
43 Bird to Street | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 883 3545

Fisherman’s Family Restaurant (winter only: April to October)
Known for thick steaks, delicately delicious seafood and brick oven-baked pizzas, Fisherman’s Family Restaurant in Kommetjie continues to be a local favourite on the Cape Peninsula. In summertime, diners can enjoy loads of outdoor seating while the little ones entertain themselves on play sets and jungle gyms. Year-round, though, this welcoming restaurant invites guests inside for their weekly quiz every Thursday. Bring your favourite trivia pals and stand a chance to win part of the cash prize (R10 from each participant’s entry fee is entered into the prize pot for the winning team, while the other R10 goes to charity). As an extra bonus, quiz contestants receive a 25% discount on their meals!
Entry fee and starting time: The quiz kicks off at 7pm and costs R20p/p. Max of eight per team.
Cnr. Main Road and Somerset Way | Kommetjie | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 783 1496

by Cyprien Pearson


Want to get dinner before testing your general know-how but not keen on eating at the quiz venue? Check out our overview of restaurants with the best steaks in Cape Town.


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