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5 Trivia Nights in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa That’ll Be the Highlight of Your Week

Think and Drink This Week at These Five Local Bars

Looking to get the gang together but don’t want the pressure of entertaining? Let trivia night provide the fun! A casual game of trivia is perfect for gathering with friends on a weekly basis. Plus, you’ll learn some fun facts while you’re at it! Gather your dream team and let laughter flow while showing off your knowledge. Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Here is your insider guide to the five best trivia nights in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Trivia Nights Newport Beach


Mutt Lynch’s

When: Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

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Orange County’s beloved, beachy dive bar has more than meets the eye. Trivia starts at 8 p.m. every Wednesday, but be sure to arrive early to get a seat. Their charismatic trivia host will challenge you in the best way, and you may find yourself making Mutt Lynch’s trivia night a weekly ritual. Order their loaded taco salad (only available on Wednesdays) and be sure to enter the paper airplane contest for a chance to win a free pitcher of beer. 

Location: Newport Beach


Helmsman Ale House

When: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. 

Credit: Helmsman Ale House

Every Tuesday night, Newport Beach’s only craft brewery is filled with the laughter of trivia teams. Hosted by Think Drinky, trivia night at Helmsman Ale House is the place to be for lighthearted fun. Teams of six scan a QR code to submit answers digitally and serious players are even known to bring iPads for the competition. If you want free drinks, study up because first-, second- and third-place teams win gift cards to Helmsman!

Local Insight: On a typical Tuesday, every table is filled with participants rolling in around 6:30 p.m., so come early and enjoy a patty melt or short rib sandwich before trivia begins. 



Cruisers Pizza Bar and Grill

When: Thursdays at 8 p.m.

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Cruise on over and test your knowledge on Thursdays at Cruisers Newport Beach. Starting at 8 p.m., trivia hosts quiz you on general knowledge, movie quotes, music and more! Rounds are extra entertaining with double-or-nothing questions and timed challenges. Bring your friends or foes, but most importantly your phone as Thinky Drinky runs this tech-savvy trivia. Don’t miss Cruisers’ Thursday night deal of 50% off a deep-dish pizza and a pitcher of beer. Eat, drink and think!

Local Insight: Don’t stress over finding a table; reserve a spot ahead of time on the Cruisers Pizza Bar and Grill website.

Trivia Nights Newport Beach

The Harp Inn

When: Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Less intense than other trivia nights in the area, you’ll find eight to 10 teams filling this Irish pub every Wednesday. Order their weekly special, a $9 Beefeater sandwich on parmesan sourdough, as you work with four to five teammates for a chance to win Harp Inn gift certificates. Trivia nights hosted by Pourhouse Trivia consist of six themed rounds, and if you’re skilled enough, you could win a chance to compete at the Pourhouse California Championships.

Location: Costa Mesa


Trivia Nights Newport Beach

Bootlegger’s Brewery

When: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 

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Grab your buds and get some suds at Bootlegger’s Brewery in Costa Mesa. With trivia starting at 7 p.m., Wednesdays are one of the busiest nights of the week. Save your seat and make a reservation for an indoor hightop or their outdoor patio. Bootlegger’s only serves up fresh craft beer, but there are plenty of food options at The Lab if you’re looking for an evening bite. Kuro, an artisanal Japanese pizzeria, will even walk the pizza over to your trivia team!

Location: Costa Mesa

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Lover of the beach, food and fitness, Emily enjoys exploring all sunny Southern California has to offer! She has a passion for sharing about her favorite local gems and began writing for Locale in 2022. On the weekends, find her creating recipes for her food blog or out in Laguna!




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