There arent a ton of people who need a late drink on a work night. They tend to prefer other things, like sleep. Tuesdays, sandwiched between the beginning of the week and hump day, are especially difficult days to draw in a crowd. Kyle Davis, a manager at La Luna Mexican Cafe, 529 Buchanan in Norman, sought a way to fix this by bringing in something to engage patrons and to encourage sales.
Davis introduced a trivia night in September 2009, along with the eaterys new late-night hours. While Davis said he wasnt the first to think up trivia, his idea may have been the first of its kind for the area. Based off of another bar, The Vista (closed indefinitely in Normans Financial Center Building), he hoped to challenge his guests and foster an interactive atmosphere.
The Vista had the trivia you played on TV screens with a remote, you know, but that wasnt very engaging, Davis said. I started looking around and getting some ideas for formats.
Davis rambles through about 70 questions each Thursday night at 10 p.m., ranging from current events to those requiring some obscure knowledge. There are rounds of guessing, and the top three groups take home cash prizes or gift cards. There were 14 teams at the bars first game of the new year, six of which Davis said are regulars.
It gives people an excuse to go out instead of watching The Mentalist.
Its fun, I get to stand up there with a microphone and act really smart, he said. I feel comfortable in the environment. I try to write good, challenging questions. We try to keep the categories fun and fresh.
If Thursdays arent the night for answering questions, then maybe The Abners Ale House, 121 E. Main in Norman, could help. It hosts a trivia night at 9 p.m. each Tuesday, and offers prizes to the best team name and trivia winner.
Our customers were looking for something to do on Tuesday night, said Shane Ballou, bar manager at the pub. Between Pint Night and Burger Night, the bar didnt have a Tuesday attraction. Tuesday nights werent a great bar night. Three or fours months ago now, we started doing trivia.
Ballou said his goal is to create interaction between other patrons. Between each round, teams must grade each others papers, resulting in some nods or handshakes and the occasional high fives and thumbs-up for knowing an answer (like being able to recite the words to Nellys Just a Dream).
seen and played a lot of trivia, and I think the customers really enjoy
the game, Ballou said. Trading papers gives our trivia something
different, gives interaction. And business is good.
I get to stand up there with a microphone and act really smart.
Tuesday night venue more in the driving range for Oklahoma City
dwellers is the 51st Street Speakeasy, 1114 N.W. 51st, where Oklahomas
satirical blog The Lost Ogle helps queue up the queries.
Speakeasys trivia is a combination of topics with some Oklahoma flair
tossed in. TLOs Patrick said you could answer a question about South
American geography, then Jersey Shore, followed up by one about Mathis
Brothers. So, whats the prize?
baby! We pay $75 to first place, $50 to second place and $25 to third
place, Patrick said. If we have more teams than usual, the Speakeasy
will even throw more money into the pot. They also give a free appetizer
to the team that sticks through and finishes last.
The Speakeasys trivia begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, but Patrick suggests arriving 10 to 15 minutes early for a good spot.
and clubs usually dont have a problem getting people to come out on
the weekend, but the middle of the week can be a different story,
Patrick said. Thats why they have activities like trivia, bingo or
even, ugh, karaoke on weeknights. And not only does it give people an
excuse to go out on a night where they may just stay at home and watch
The Mentalist on DVR, but its something fun to do, too.