I also have childhood friends with wonderfully embarrassing stories about the time I decided to rewrite an encyclopedia on animals - presumably so there would be a second copy, although now I can't for the life of me think of why I would have to take recreating an encyclopedia on at the age of 6.
I was a BrainQuest fiend, a master of Juvenile Trivial Pursuit, and a pursuer of all kinds of fun facts. So when as an adult I realized trivia was combined with beer and prizes, I was both a little upset that no one had given me an award for my fun fact knowledge before, and mostly excited that my childhood geekiness might be rewarded with money for bar snacks.
Unfortunately, I haven't spent the last decade brushing up on pop culture, sports, American history or the myriad of much more obscure topics that pop up in adult trivia. So while I'm set if you want to know what SAD stands for as a condition related to sadness in winter (Seasonal Affective Disorder - I learned about it in a mental health session as part of my training as a college RA in Minnesota, where many months are cold and grey, and put residents at risk of seasonal depression), or if you need someone to identify the seal of the Department of the Interior (a bison - I know because majoring in geography leaves you with some random bits of knowledge, and because I love bison)... overall, I'm no longer the trivia whiz I was in elementary school.
Sunday night I checked out Siné Irish Pub & Restaurant, where an accommodating waitress helped me and my teammates squeeze into a table at the back of the trivia room, and brought us chairs. We arrived just in time to get seated with our sheets for trivia, and the District Trivia call began the night's festivities. At Siné, trivia questions get progressively hard from beginning to end of each 5 rounds, with the first question of each round being the easiest, and the last significantly more likely to stump players. Between rounds there are worksheets of various types (puzzles, pictures, fill in and music) that add to your score - they had us naming government departments with glimpses of their seals, matching famous figures to their last words, naming movie directors and trying to figure out song titles and artists from brief music clips.
The questions were, I thought, mostly fair - but the rounds weren't thematic, which I think makes trivia a lot more fun. The caller also did a good job of managing the crowd and leading the night - though she didn't seem to be having much fun. District Trivia definitely knows what they're doing. They run trivia nights at a ton of DC area restaurants, bars and pubs, and even have a podcast (as we were reminded a few times throughout the evening) - but I'm looking for a more current events centered trivia night, which didn't come up at all.
While the trivia was good, Siné wasn't a great fit for me and my teammates. The table of 50-somethings right next to us wasn't participating in the trivia night officially, but they had no problem yelling out answers and making derisive remarks about questions through most rounds of the night. I'm not sure if they were drunk or just trying to be funny, but they were definitely rowdy. Beyond that, though, the restaurant had an area that was clearly meant to be mostly for trivia, but was used for all patrons. Understandable, especially when the place was as packed as it was - we nabbed the last table anywhere near trivia when we arrived on time. That said, I'm learning that I'm more interested in a trivia night where the crowd is all participating in the game - probably something I'll find at a bar or pub, but not at a family-friendly restaurant.
I can't speak to the food at Siné, but my Blue Moon came with the standard orange slice garnish, so no complaints there. I'd give Siné's trivia night 4/10 rowdy 50-somethings. It just wasn't the right setting or trivia for me, but service was good and it was a nice looking restaurant if you're into Irish food.
PS: My rating system is based on the one Gilmore Guys (a podcast by Kevin Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe run, covering all things Gilmore Girls, which I have recently begun listening to fanatically). So thank you, Kevin and Demi, for introducing me to irreverent rating, which is much more fun than reverent rating.