13 Weekly Trivia Nights in SF’s SOMA Neighborhood

|February 13, 2018

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

Asiento The best trivia nights and pub quizzes in San Francisco SoMa District

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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!

The Sycamore

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!


SoMa StrEat Food Park

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | 428 11th St | Facebook

SOMA StrEat Food Park Events San Francisco SF Beer Week 2018

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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!  

Southside Spirit House

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. | 575 Howard St | Facebook

Southside Spirit House The best trivia nights and pub quizzes in San Francisco SoMa District

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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.

Bar Basic

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!

Edinburgh Castle Pub

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!

Anchor Brewing Public Taps

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. | 495 De Haro St | Facebook

SoMa San Francisco Trivia Night Pub Quiz Anchor Brewing Public Taps

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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!


Spark Social SF

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. | 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North | Facebook

Spark Social SF The best trivia nights and pub quizzes in San Francisco SoMa District

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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!

The Willows

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!


Polo Grounds Pub & Grill

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!


Black Hammer Brewing

Sundays at 6 p.m. | 544 Bryant St | Facebook

Black Hammer Brewing The best trivia nights and pub quizzes in San Francisco SoMa District

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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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