Last Call Trivia 

Various start times, FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, Bulls Head Pub, Eastside Tavern, Hyde Park Street Pub, Jumpin' Janet's, Liquid Lounge, Mulligans and The Office.

Get more information (and hints each week) at lastcalltrivia.com/boise.

Trivia is the New Bowling

What was the name of the Brady Bunch's dog? Who wrote Red Badge of Courage? How many muscles does it take to move one step?

If you or your drinking buddies know the answers to any of these questions, you don't have to spend your weeknights at home yelling at the TV, trying to outwit Jeopardy contestants any more. Instead, you can spend a raucous evening with friends, talk a little smack and win bar tabs--and if you join Last Call Trivia's current league, possibly take home $1,000.

The game is fairly simple: You get the length of a song to answer each question and can bid a varying number of points without losing any for a wrong answer. Bonus questions help make up for missed points. Games take place in numerous bars around the valley concurrently and because Boise's Last Call is part of a national franchise, the questions are the same at each location, as are prizes: a $30 bar tab for first place, $20 for second and $10 for third.

On a Wednesday night, the air inside the recently smoke-free Jumpin' Janet's was thick with competition as roughly 60 people participated in trivia night with stand-up comic Josh Adams holding court as host. Team Motor City Kitties cheered loudly when they got an answer right, while Team Britney Spears' Beef Curtain groaned slightly at another missed point. (Yes, teams make up their own names.)

My team, Team Bragkins--which includes my friend Matt Bragg and the occasional BW colleague drop-in--whooped and weeped. We were holding at third with several other teams right at our heels. Whoop. Every wrong answer we offered cut like a "what is a serrated kitchen utensil called?" Weep. A subsequent Sunday at Liquid and another Wednesday at Janet's netted us fourth place both times. The top 20 teams get a shot at the two final spots and the $1,000. Although we walked away with no bar tab (weep), we are currently in 16th place (whoop).

Trivia has become quite popular as evidenced by Booze Clues trivia at Pengilly's every Tuesday. Host (and BW contributor) E.J. Pettinger challenges participants' speed-dial skills, since the only way to get points is to be the first person to call the bar's number with the correct answer. On Mondays, you can join Bragg as he calls out themed trivia questions at Pitchers and Pints, where the team with the lowest points at the end of the night gets to choose the next week's theme.

There's still time to join Last Call Trivia's league but be careful: With $1,000 on the line, I won't hesitate to weep if I see that your team is beating mine.

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