While other cities have their pub quizzes and trivia nights, we have quizzo. Whether you spell it with two z’s or one, a friendly game of quizzo is an integral part of the Philadelphia experience—and the perfect welcome back to campus. If you’re looking to have some fun this New Student Orientation without dropping $80 on a ticket to a downtown (I’m looking at you, Pool Party), these local sports bars are the place to go for a night of bar tabs and trivia takedowns that you won’t forget.
Thursday–night trivia at Smokey Joe’s may not draw in as many attendees as their infamous Sink or Swim, but it’s arguably just as fun. Kick back with a slice of Enjay’s Pizza and—if you’re feeling frisky—one of the bar’s specialty green tea shots while your team tests their knowledge of niche facts about pop culture. Perform well, and you might even win a $50 bar tab to keep the party going well after the last question is called.
Location: 210 S. 40th St.
Located in the heart of Center City, Strangelove's is known for its quizzo contest—hosted by none other than JB Farley, winner of the 2012 "Best of Philly Quizzo" award. With no preregistration or drink minimum required, this bar is quickly establishing itself as our student body’s go–to spot for craft beers, pub grub, and some good old–fashioned trivia every Monday at 8 p.m.
Location: 216 S. 11th St.
If you’re searching for an opportunity to flaunt your obscure trivia knowledge outside of the Penn Bubble, Hilltown Tavern is the place for you. With locations in both Roxborough and Fairmount (which features music quizzo) , Philadelphians flock to Hilltown every Tuesday night to partake in the bar’s battle of the wits—and to enjoy the $5 select craft pints, $3 domestic drafts, and $2 beef and chicken tacos that they serve up in honor of the occasion.
Location: 326 Roxborough Ave. or 795 N. 24th St.
Come for the $3.50 beer specials, stay for the quizzo every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The perfect spot for every occasion—from a first date to a roommates' night out—Bar–Ly is known for serving up deals that your entire team can enjoy. From tater tots to chicken lo mein, the brain food will come in handy as you compete for the $40 first prize.
Location: 101 N. 11th St.
AKA River Deck’s less raffish (and sweaty) counterpart, Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse is a Center City bar where Philly sports games and quizzo are on the menu. Every Monday at 6:30 p.m., Cavanaugh’s encourages patrons to pull up a stool, pour down a beer, and have their pencil and paper at the ready for trivia night. Convince three of your closest friends to tag along, and let the games begin.
Location: 1823 Sansom St.