Themed trivia nights are becoming more popular in Kansas City. Here’s a quick guide.

Denise P.S.

On almost any given night of the week, there’s a trivia night happening at a bar, coffee shop, or other hangout in the Kansas City area. But maybe you don’t know that the beaver is the national emblem of Canada, or that the human body holds nine pints of blood. Trivia can be so…general. 

On the other hand, maybe you do know an absurd amount of information about Harry Potter—that, say, Horace Slughorn was disguised as a chair when he first met Harry. Or maybe you go deep on Friends. If so, the trivia nights organized by Stars N Bars Music—a local company that plans entertainment events with local businesses—might be for you. In just the last month, Stars N Bars has hosted Harry Potter, Friends, and The Office themed trivia nights at locations like Donutology and KC Wine Co. 

“A lot of our trivia nights just seemed to be going a little bland with just the regular trivia, so we decided to spice things up,” says Rusty Turner, owner of Stars N Bars. “So we tried it [themed nights] out, and it really took off.”

Themed trivia has also been a big hit at Weston Wine Company. What started as a single Harry Potter-themed trivia night in the fall of 2018 has morphed into 75 different events. This Saturday, the wine company will host a Pixar-themed trivia night. Hannah Magee, Weston Wine Company’s owner, brainstorms the questions herself and has noticed that themed nights tend to attract people with similar personality traits. Potter fans are usually quieter and reserve their tickets early. Disney princess fans tend to be a boisterous group; the nights often end in karaoke. Parks & Recreation fans skip buying a ticket in advance and just show up. “Sharing in someone else’s passion is the most exciting way to meet new people, and you get to see a really fun side of their personalities at these trivia nights,” Magee says. 

Restless Spirits Distilling Company has also jumped on the themed trivia trend. The distillery has created special cocktails for its Potter nights, and earlier this summer it hosted a Game of Thrones night, which Brenna Arnzen, Restless Spirit’s VP of marketing, says was a huge success. “There’s always new movies, shows, and books that seem to gain popularity in the trivia world,” Arnzen says, “so we would love to continue hosting these with fun themed cocktails for all to enjoy.”

Looking to try one out? Here’s a quick roundup of themed trivia nights in and around Kansas City over the next few weeks: 

Disney Princess Trivia + Sing Along Friday, Sept. 13, 6:30 PM or 8:30 PM at Weston Wine Company (540, Main St. Weston, MO) 2–6 players per team

Pixar Movie Trivia Saturday, Sept. 14, 7:30 PM at Weston Wine Company (540, Main St. Weston, MO) 2–6 players per team

Lord of the Rings Trivia Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6 PM, at City Barrel (1740 Holmes St. KCMO) Max of 6 players per team, top three teams win prizes

Hop Quiz: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Thursday, Sept. 19 6 PM at BLVD Tours & Rec Center (2534 Madison Ave. KCMO)

Friends — Trivia Thursdays at Chance’s Social Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 PM at Chance’s Social (419 E. 18th St. KCMO) Max of six players per team

Trails to Truman Trivia Night: Trails Edition Friday, Sept. 20, 6:30 PM, National Frontier Trails Museum (318 W. Pacific Ave. Independence, MO) 4–6 players per team, top three teams win prizes

Geeks Who Drink— Parks & Rec Quiz Saturday, Sept. 21, 2 PM at Johnnie’s Jazz Bar & Grill (1903 Victory Dr, Liberty MO) Max of six players per team, top three teams win prizes

Breaking Bad Trivia Night Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7:30 PM at Flying Saucer Trivia Bowl (1010 E. 13th St. KCMO)

Lost Trivia Night  Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7:30 PM at Talk of the Town Leawood (5201 W. 135th St. Leawood, KS) Max of four players per team, top teams win prizes

Star Wars Trivia Night at Donutology! Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 PM at Donutology (1009 Westport Rd, KCMO) Four players per team, ticket includes trivia and meal selection

Harry Potter Trivia Night Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6:30 PM at Restless Spirits (109 E. 18th Ave, NKC) Four players per team, ticket includes trivia, a themed cocktail, and possible prizes


Did we miss your themed trivia night? Email emily@thepitchkc.com and we’ll add you in. 


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