99 Bottles, Santa Cruz
I joined College Democrats because I cared about politics and wanted to make friends. Four years later, I had friends, cared slightly less about politics, and had found a passion for trivia that has only grown over the last decade. I don't think we ever won a game, but me and my Democrats played every week and had a great time.
One round with a written answer sheet and a bonus shout-out round for free beer. The questions are general, but the competition is fierce - no limit on team size, so bring a lot of friends if you want to have a shot.
The Curly Wolf, Nevada City
In 2013, I graduated with a BA in Film Studies and moved home to work in a coffee shop. "I miss trivia," I said to my boss. "Can you start a trivia night for me?" "You start a trivia night," he replied, so I did, and it was great. Sadly, I couldn't take the pressure, and Curly Wolf trivia is on indefinite hiatus until I become emotionally strong enough to handle irate over-caffeinated trivia players telling me I wasn't specific enough about that Metallica album.
Crooked Lane Brewing, Auburn
When the local trivia venue closed its doors, we struggled to fill the gaping chasm in our lives. One Wednesday, on a whim, we drove to the next town over for a quick fix. Next thing I know we've had a team of 5 commuting 30 minutes every Wednesday night for the last 9 months. Long-distance is hard, but when it's worth it it's worth it.
Three rounds total, with a round of visual questions. This is a trivia night I would recommend to casual triviers and seasoned pros alike - it's one of the best I've been to. Teams of 7 or fewer.