Each night of the week, in pubs across the city, meat trays lie in wait. Some excitable group, with an excess of general knowledge, will claim the meaty glory. And if there’s no prized meat tray, you’re almost guaranteed a few drink vouchers. We’re talking about pub trivia – a sacred tradition that challenges our Google-wired brains. Here are some of our favourite trivia nights in Sydney.

Monday 7pm: The Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst
Each year, The Local Taphouse rotates through 400 different draught beers. So regardless of where you actually live, it should be your local. Monday is The Local’s trivia night, and it’s one of our city’s best. There’s plenty of table space, with the rooftop garden providing extra room during summer. Once the trivia begins, prepare for the curious elimination round, “Pornstar or Pony”, and the paper-plane engineering competition (offering free beer as a prize). There’s no better way to drown your Monday blues.
122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

Tuesday 7pm: The Royal Hotel, Paddington
If there was ever a match made in heaven, it’s tacos and trivia. On Tuesday’s trivia nights, there are cheap tacos in The Royal Bar. This large, friendly space is dominated by a stretch of long white tables. These are the coveted spots for trivia regulars, and you’ll probably need to book ahead. It’s a loud night, full of trick questions and healthy inter-team trash talk.
237 Glenmore Road, Paddington

Wednesday 7.30pm: Coach and Horses Hotel, Randwick
Over the past few years, Coach and Horses Hotel has reclaimed its former glory. A huge renovation gave way to a new al fresco dining area. In this sleek, leafy courtyard, there are two trivia nights each week. While Tuesday is the niche sports trivia (with a hearty meat-tray reward), Wednesday is the bigger affair. For this general trivia night, Coach and Horses offer piles of beer, wine and cake vouchers as prizes. This brings together a mishmash crowd.
147 Avoca Street, Randwick

Thursday 7pm: The Royal, Leichhardt
Every Leichhardt local’s favourite, The Royal was first established in 1886. Since then, it’s lived many lives. In The Royal’s current form, you get the distinct impression that you’ve wandered into a rural English tavern. Thursday night means trivia at The Royal. While competing in its lush beer garden, you’ll notice a suitably relaxed atmosphere. It’s a classier trivia option; a great way to ease yourself into the weekend.
156 Norton Street, Leichhardt