Editor’s Note: This is a new feature where, monthly, I will review free things to do in Boston and how fun they are on a scale of 1 to 10.
When looking through the Boston Calendar for a fun thing to do Friday night, something caught me eye: Trivia Night… at a Bookstore?!
That’s right. Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Newbury Street, right off of the Hynes Convention Center T stop, holds trivia night every Friday from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Trivia is open to teams as large as six and each group has the opportunity to win a $35 gift card to the store. What’s more, the event is held upstairs in their cafe, with a complete bar and a view over Newbury. After wading through bookshelves, you find yourself in a quaint seating area, where staff is working hard to get you one of their many beers on tap. I tried the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, and boy was it good.
I never understood why trivia questions work so hard to trip you up, when everyone’s just there to have fun (and, most often, get drunk). What I loved about my experience at Trident was that this wasn’t a traditional stump trivia experience. I went on Friday, March 13, and the topics were about Super Mario (the character, not the game), Pi day, and weird things ravens do. The host, Max, creates original, witty questions every Friday.
For example, here was one question:
What is Yoshi’s full name?
- T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas
Yoshi the Dinosaur
* Answer at the bottom of the post
I was with two friends, and we each were able to get a few questions right (alright, the boyfriend destroyed the Pi category). The questions were actually interesting fun facts that I didn’t know I wanted to know.
Because it’s so convenient, and because it’s free, I’ve been trying to get my friends to go out for trivia again. There was a day where I was planning on it, then promptly forgot the time (I thought it started at 11), but that won’t happen again! I will most definitely be back for trivia at Trident Booksellers, and I’ll probably spend some time browsing the books, too (no doubt their intention). Overall, it’s a fun night out — for free!
Fun meter: 8/10
Trident Booksellers Trivia
Every Friday Night
8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Chance to win $35 gift card