San Francisco already has world-renowned cocktail destinations, beer bars and craft breweries that are perfect for happy hour gatherings and weekend celebrations. When you add lively pub quizzes and weekly trivia nights to the mix, you get neighborhood destinations perfect for friends, family, dogs and fun!
To help you track down the best weekly trivia events on the south side of the city, we rounded up the quizzes in the SoMa district and the must-try spots just a few minutes outside of it. As the home of AT&T Park and SoMa StrEat Food Park, this neighborhood is always ready for a good time. Peruse our top picks and get ready to test your wits!
Mondays at 8:30 p.m. | 2730 21st St | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Asiento
For the last three years, Asiento has been voted San Francisco’s best neighborhood bar, according to The Nitey Awards. In addition to the tasty tapas menu and the cozy atmosphere, it’s the perfect place for weekly trivia from Brainstormer! If you stop by for Happy Hour, get there right at 5 p.m. and your drink will be added to the evening’s Happy Hour specials!
Mondays at 7:30 p.m. | 2140 Mission St | Facebook
The Sycamore’s Hump Day Bingo and weekly trivia, hosted by Quizmaster Keith, are two of the city’s favorite events. The menu is filled with bar snacks, appetizers, salads, sandwiches and, our favorite, sliders! Order up a few Beer Battered Tilapia or Fried Chicken Sliders for brain food before trivia kicks off promptly at 7:30 p.m. Then swing by their sister restaurant, The Willows, for Wednesday trivia!
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | 428 11th St | Facebook
Photo courtesy of SoMa StrEat Food Park
This dog-friendly SoMa landmark combines Bay Area food trucks with beer, wine, TV screens, carnival games, WiFi and heat lamps for the cold nights. In addition to hosting special events like National Tater Tot Day, Anchor Brewing’s Battle of the Bands and Brews on the Brain during SF Beer Week, they host weekly trivia nights with Brainstormer. Stop by to taste local brews and test your wits!
Tuesdays at 8 p.m. | 575 Howard St | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Southside Spirit House
Southside Spirit House is a destination for local character as well as art, design, artisan cocktails prepared with house-made syrups and, thanks to the large screen TVs, sports events, too! Every Tuesday night, you can come by to enjoy it all while answering questions and laughing with your friends.
Tuesdays at 8 p.m. | 510 Brannan St | Facebook
At this neighborhood favorite, you can enjoy Happy Hour every night, Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., which happens to coincide with Tuesday trivia! Hosted by Brainstormer, you’ll test your wits with questions in every category under the sun while sipping classic cocktails or draft beer that comes in 16-ounce, 24-ounce and 35-ounce pours!
Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. | 950 Geary St | Facebook
If you’re looking for a guaranteed challenge, choose Edinburgh Castle Pub for Tuesday night trivia. One of the longest running and most difficult of pub quiz options, you’ll test your knowledge in music rounds, celebrity photo rounds and traditional trivia rounds. And the atmosphere at this Irish pub is so fun, you’ll come back even when trivia isn’t on the schedule!
Tuesdays at 6 p.m. | 495 De Haro St | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Anchor Brewing Public Taps and Erin Conger
Anchor Brewing’s San Francisco tap house knows how to celebrate nearly every night of the week. On Tuesdays, you’ll find pub quiz fun, then game nights on most Thursdays, and educational tastings, pairings and brewery yoga throughout the month! With multiple food trucks parked outside daily, you’ll definitely find all the fuel and fun you need on a Tuesday evening.
Tuesdays at 9 p.m. | 3200 16th St | Facebook
Elixir has been serving Mission visitors and residents since 1858; in fact, it’s the only business ever recorded on its little corner. In classic saloon style, you’ll find friendly faces, draft beers, fresh cocktails and a rocking jukebox. Stop in on Tuesday nights to pick a song and show off your trivial knowledge!
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. | 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Spark Social SF
In collaboration with Parklab, the team behind SoMa StrEat Food Park designed Spark Social as the urban gathering space of Mission Bay. Much like its SoMa sister, this dog-friendly food truck park, beer/sangria garden and event space brings people together for food, fun and, most importantly, Wednesday night trivia with Brainstormer!
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. | 1582 Folsom St | Facebook
The Willows is the home of the Drunk & Happy Meal, a brand new, special burger every week, and, just like their sister restaurant The Sycamore, they serve outstanding sliders! With 12 rotating craft beer drafts, board games and pinball machines, there’s plenty of fun to be had even outside of Wednesday night trivia!
Thursdays at 7 p.m. | 747 3rd St | Facebook
Located in the heart of the SoMa District, Polo Grounds is a neighborhood destination for pub food, great drinks and friendly atmosphere right next door to AT&T Park. For pre-trivia hints every week, follow the pub on Facebook!
Thursdays at 8 p.m. | 1092 Post St | Facebook
At Jackalope, there’s something special every night of the week — whether it’s weeknight happy hour, Tuesday Coin Flip Night, Thursday night trivia or nightly Plinko. If you buy a Plinko ball, you can drop it to win everything from a Motor Oil Shot to four shots of whiskey to share with your friends!
Sundays at 6 p.m. | 544 Bryant St | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Black Hammer Brewing
The always fun Geeks Who Drink team joins the party at Black Hammer every Sunday evening. Alongside their small batch, crazy fresh and crazy good ales and lagers brewed in house, you can enjoy visual, auditory and traditional trivia rounds — and your dog can come too!
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