The lighthearted competitiveness and collaborative atmosphere of trivia nights make them a staple in the Triangle community. With a variety of venues, there is a place for every crowd to enjoy a night of fun facts.
At Linda’s Bar and Grill, trivia is a tradition — the establishment has run Tuesday and Wednesday night trivia for as long as owner and chef Christopher Carini, who took over in 2011, can remember.
“There's usually, depending on the week, it feels like there’s one happening every day somewhere, so it’s like always something to do,” Gaby Iori, the events coordinator for Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews, said.
Epilogue has trivia on Thursday nights, as does Lanza’s Cafe in Carrboro.
Epilogue started hosting trivia nights in April 2022, and Lanza’s Cafe began in September 2021.
“We actually had a grad student named Wesley who came in and asked if we would let her call trivia here, and we said absolutely, so she started calling it, and it just built each week,” Christina Vad, co-owner and operator of Lanza’s, said.
Though the student has moved, trivia has continued through other regulars who have taken over hosting. As well as showing up week-to-week, trivia regulars also contribute to the trivia topics.
Epilogue barista and bookseller Laney Sheehan hosts trivia every week, and she said some of her topics come from audience input.
“Two weeks ago, we were talking about astrology, and the people who were here were so interested in it that I said, ‘What if we did an astrology zodiac trivia night?’” Sheehan said. “And the response was so overwhelming that now I definitely have to get it.”