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136 Bar Trivia Questions

136 Bar Trivia Questions

Everyone is great at something, right? Bar Trivia games bring together friends to explore—and challenge—your expertise.

Gather a few friends (and frenemies). Then grab a drink and launch into some friendly competition. Surprise your buddies with your deep dive into old sports facts, pop culture details, historical trivia, or your passion for all kinds of music. 

The beauty of bar trivia is that you never know if the next question will take you back hundreds of years or to yesterday’s headlines. Get ready to explore—and win!

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130 Questions for Bar Trivia

When you receive a cup of kava in Fiji, what does tradition require you to do when you finish your drink?

Answer: Clap three times

In the first half of eighteenth-century London, what spirit was believed to have caused some ladies to spontaneously combust?

Answer: Gin

B & B Liqueur is a combination of what two other liqueurs?

Answer: Benedictine and Brandy

The “Moonwalk” cocktail, created in 1969 to commemorate the first walk on the moon, is created by combining grapefruit juice, Grand Marnier, Champagne, and three drops of what?

Answer: rose water

The word “brandy” comes from the Dutch word for what?

Answer: “burnt wine”

Which country consumes the most alcohol by volume: Uganda, Ireland, or Seychelles?

Answer: Seychelles, in which consumption averages 20.5 liters of pure alcohol per year.

What is the most expensive alcoholic drink in the world?

Answer: Billionaire Vodka from Leon Verres which costs $3.7 million per bottle. Each bottle contains 5 liters and is encrusted with 3000 diamonds.

The “Aunt Roberta” is considered the strongest cocktail ever, using no mixers. The contents include equal parts gin, vodka, absinthe, brandy, and what liqueur?

Answer: Blackberry liqueur

The Anheuser-Busch Brewery celebrated in 1933 by their team of Clydesdales pulling a beer wagon carrying the first case of post-Prohibition beer down a street in what American city?

Answer: St. Louis, Missouri

What is the most popular spirit in Brazil?

Answer: Chachaça

What Irish playwright said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Answer: Oscar Wilde

Where was C.S. Lewis, author and inventor of Narnia, born?

Answer: Belfast, UK, 1898

Who wrote the following? “To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.” 

Answer: Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

In what country is Romeo and Juliet set?

Answer: Italy

Of what classic novel is a man named Okonkwo the main character?

Answer: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

What type of alcohol is sold most by volume in Russia?
Answer: Beer

What is the origin of the word “whisky”?
Answer: It was originally the Gaelic “uisge beatha” meaning “water of life.”

A can of Guinness contains a white ball to keep it frothy. What is that ball called specifically?
Answer: A widget

Who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2021?

Answer: Abdulrazak Gurnah

What is the name of the computer in Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Answer: Hal

In what book do Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum appear?

Answer: Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

What is the title of the book that gave rise to the slang term “catch-22,” a difficult situation you can’t escape from because changing it would only start it again?

Answer: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

What award did Toni Morrison receive in 1993?

Answer: the Nobel Prize for Literature

On what Notorious B.I.G. song is Lin Manuel Miranda’s “10 Duel Commandments” modeled?

Answer: “10 Crack Commandments”

What is the longest-running Broadway show?

Answer: The Phantom of the Opera, from 1/26/1988 to 2/18/2023

What is the highest-grossing movie of all time?

Answer: Avatar at $2.847 billion

What is the best-selling video game console ever?

Answer: Play Station 2 (PS 2)

Netflix started out in the 1990s by renting what by mail?

Answer: DVDs

What was the most popular YouTube gaming channel as of June 2022?

Answer: PewDiePie

In what year was Instagram founded? 

Answer: 2010

When you receive a cup of kava in Fiji, what does tradition require you to do when you finish your drink?
Answer: Clap three times

In the first half of eighteenth-century London, what spirit was believed to have caused some ladies to spontaneously combust?
Answer: Gin

B & B Liqueur is a combination of what two other liqueurs?
Answer: Benedictine and Brandy

The “Moonwalk” cocktail, created in 1969 to commemorate the first walk on the moon, is created by combining grapefruit juice, Grand Marnier, Champagne, and three drops of what?
Answer: rose water

What state in the US consumes the most hamburgers per capita yearly: Utah, Michigan, or Oregon?

Answer: Oregon with 78 hamburgers per person per year

What country consumes the most eggs per capita: the USA, Indonesia, or China?

Answer: China

What music video did Rolling Stone name #1 of all time?

Answer: Beyonce’s “Formation”

According to a popular musical, what historical figure was a “bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean”?

Answer: Alexander Hamilton

Where in the human body is the scaphoid bone, sometimes called the “snuffbox,” located?

Answer: in the hand or upper wrist

How much larger is the human brain than the chimpanzee brain?

Answer: About three times as large.

How many types of cartilage are in the human body?

Answer: Three types: hyaline, elastic, and fibrocartilage

What color is blood before it is exposed to oxygen?

Answer: red

How many bones are in the human foot?

Answer: 26

Which three players won 63 of 75 men’s tennis Grand Slam titles over two decades?

Answer: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray

Who was the youngest quarterback ever to start in a Super Bowl?

Answer: Ben Roethlisberger, 23, 2006, Pittsburgh Steelers

Which National Hockey League player played professionally through five decades and in more games than any other?

Answer: Gordie Howe

Which National Hockey League team has won the most Stanley Cups?

Answer: the Montreal Canadiens

What is the name of the woman who led the sexual assault suit against US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar?

Answer: Lawyer and former gymnast, Rachel Denhollander

Who was the first gymnast to achieve a perfect 10.0 in an Olympic event?

Answer: Romanian Nadia Comaneci, 1976, Montreal

What sport, played by 8-person teams of both men and women, can be translated as “basketball”?

Answer: Korfball

In what year were teams of both men and women included in Olympic luge events?

Answer: 2014, Sochi

Which baseball pitcher holds the record for most no-hitters?

Answer: Nolan Ryan

Who was the youngest starting college football quarterback ever?

Answer: David Walker, 17 years, 9 months when he started for Texas A & M

Name one of the first two African-Americans to play for Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Answer: John Mitchell and Wilbur Jackson, 1971

Who was the first US president to open an Olympic Games? 

Answer: President Ronald Reagan, 1984

Where was the sport of basketball invented?

Answer: Springfield College, Springfield, MA, 1891, by instructor and graduate student James Naismith

Who was the leading player in the now-extinct American Basketball League?

Answer: Julius Erving

What is the size of the ball used in professional women’s basketball?

Answer: Size 6 or 28.5”

Which sport is older: soccer, polo, or golf?

Answer: Polo, first recorded in 600 B.C.

Who is the number two golfer in history with 15 major championship wins?

Answer: Patty Berg

What major league baseball player earned more RBIs than any other? 

Answer: Hank Aaron

What NFL player kicked the most field goals in his career?

Answer: Adam Vinateri

Who holds the record for the women’s 50 meter freestyle swimming event in the Olympics?

Answer: Emma McKeon (Australia), Tokyo 2020

How many children does Mel Gibson have?

Answer: Nine

How long have Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson been married?

Answer: 34 years (since 1988)

On what show was Selena Gomez’s first acting gig?

Answer: Barney, 2002-04

What was the job of Robert Downey, father of Robert Downey Jr.? 

Answer: underground filmmaker

In what athletic event did Caitlyn Jenner set world records?

Answer: Men’s decathlon (as Bruce Jenner)

How did Vladimir Zelensky become famous before being elected President of Ukraine?

Answer: by starring in the Ukrainian TV sitcom Servant of the People and other productions

In 2019, whom did Forbes name as “the youngest self-made billionaire ever”?

Answer: Kylie Jenner

How tall is Zendaya?

Answer: 5’10”

In what movie did Harry Styles make his acting debut?

Answer: Dunkirk

What popular singer’s birth name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio?

Answer: Bad Bunny

What movie series features four action characters named after Italian Renaissance painters?

Answer: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

In what movie does the handsome leading man leave his wife with the line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”?

Answer: Gone with the Wind

What year saw the release of Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?

Answer: 1939

What writer, director, and actor married his ex-wife’s adopted daughter in 1997?

Answer: Woody Allen

Of what crimes was Harvey Weinstein convicted in 2020?

Answer: Sexual assault and rape

In what Marvel movie does Spiderman first appear?

Answer: Captain America: Civil War

What does the character Groot say in answer to any question in Guardians of the Galaxy?

Answer: “I am Groot.”

In what sitcom did Chris Pratt first gain wide notice as a character named Andy?

Answer: Parks and Recreation

The movie Love, Actually takes place at what time of year?

Answer: Christmas time

Both Top Gun films take place in what American city?

Answer: San Diego, California

What was Elvis Presley’s first #1 hit song in the US?

Answer: “Heartbreak Hotel” in 1956

What was Madonna’s first #1 hit song in the US?

Answer: “Into the Groove” in 1985

What duo was George Michael part of that catapulted him to stardom? 

Answer: Wham!

What singer/songwriter was nominated for an Academy Award for the song “Happy” featured in Despicable Me 2?

Answer: Pharrell Williams

Who made history by being the youngest person to win Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year in 2020?

Answer: Billie Eilish

Who wrote the lyrics for “The Star-spangled Banner”?

Answer: Francis Scott Key

What nationality was the composer Tchaikovsky?

Answer: Russian

Who performed the theme song for the TV show Malcolm in the Middle?

Answer: They Might be Giants

What 80s band performed the song “Money for Nothing”?

Answer: Dire Straits

What pop music genre features large groups, a blend of traditional Asian sounds with Western forms, colorful clothing styles, systematic and careful training of young musicians, and lots of choreography?

Answer: K-pop

What ration did World War One British soldiers typically get in the trenches at 5:30 a.m.?

Answer: Rum

Who was executed along with Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu on 25 December 1989?

Answer: his wife, Elena Ceausescu

At what American college did Winston Churchill originally give his famous “Iron Curtain” speech?

Answer: Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri

What vegetable did American President George H. W. Bush famously refuse to eat? 

Answer: Broccoli

In what country are approximately 900 tons of unexploded World War I munitions currently recovered every year?

Answer: France

By what type of vehicle did Frederick Douglass escape slavery?

Answer: on a train

What nation was Lithuania part of from World War II until 1991 when its sovereignty was restored?

Answer: The Soviet Union

What was the “Vichy government”?

Answer: The government of France after Germany invaded and occupied the country early in World War II

In addition to the World Trade Center and the US Pentagon building, where did a third plane crash that was intended for another US government building on 9/11/2001?

Answer: in rural Pennsylvania

Who was the American Vice-President under President Barack Obama? 

Answer: Joe Biden

What is the official national animal of Australia?

Answer: the kangaroo

What country has the longest coastline in the world: Indonesia, Canada, or Norway?

Answer: Canada

What is the most mountainous country in the world: Montenegro, Switzerland, or Bhutan?

Answer: Bhutan

Which land mass is largest: the continental U.S., Antarctica, or Russia?

Answer: Russia (1.2 times as large as Antarctica)

What is the most densely populated country in the world: Singapore, China, or Monaco?

Answer: Monaco

What nation currently produces most of the world’s diamonds: Botswana, South Africa, or Russia? 

Answer: Russia

What country has the most oil reserves: the U.S., Russia, or Venezuela?

Answer: Venezuela

What is the southernmost country in the world besides Antarctica?

Answer: Chile

What is the windiest place on earth?

Answer: Antarctica

Who was the longest reigning monarch of all time: Queen Elizabeth II, King Louis XIV of France, or Queen Victoria?

Answer: King Louis XIV o

What is the most expensive substance on earth?

Answer: Antimatter at $100 trillion per gram

What is the most abundant element on earth?

Answer: Oxygen

What gem stone changes color from green to red?

Answer: Alexandrite

On what two continents have archaeologists found evidence of Neanderthals?

Answer: Europe and Asia

Is “lignite” a type of crude oil, coal, or quartz?

Answer: coal

What form of currency is used in the British Antarctic Territory, Gibraltar, and the South Sandwich Islands?

Answer: GBP, or the pound sterling (also used in the UK)

The Russian ruble is subdivided into 100 kroners, pence, or kopecks?

Answer: kopecks

In what year did the Great Depression begin in the US?

Answer: 1929 (with the stock market crash of October 1929)

According to Keynesian economics, what should a government do in a recession or depression: spend more, save more, or nationalize private industry?

Answer: spend more

What was US Senator Joseph McCarthy most known for? 

Answer: trying to hunt influential Communists in the US

Who famously and publicly said, “I did not have sex with that woman”?

Answer: U.S. President Bill Clinton

Who were the candidates for the US presidency whose election results went to the US Supreme Court for arbitration?

Answer: Vice-President Al Gore and then Governor George W. Bush

A photo of what US Senator wearing mittens went viral after the inauguration of President Joe Biden?

Answer: Senator Bernie Sanders

What was the “Tea Party” in American politics in the early 2000s?

Answer: A conservative movement reacting to the Obama presidency

How old do you have to be to qualify to run for US Senate?

Answer: 30 years old

Who served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives longer than anyone else?

Answer: Sam Rayburn, 17 years, 53 days

What US President had a brother who promoted a beer named after himself? (Name the president)

Answer: President Jimmy Carter (the brother was Billy Carter, and “Billy Beer” was produced by the Falls City Brewing Company)

Of what US state was George Wallace governor?

Answer: Alabama

What was the first election for US president in which television was said to make a big difference?

Answer: Election of 1960 between Nixon and Kennedy

What US state has elected two different movie stars as governor?

Answer: California

What does “CPU” stand for in computing?

Answer: Central Processing Unit

What does “SEO” stand for?

Answer: Search Engine Optimization

In what year did Reid Hoffman officially launch LinkedIn?

Answer: 2003

What was Bill Gates’s first big purchase when Microsoft started making money in 1979?

Answer: A Porsche 911

Who was the Apple CEO when the I-phone was first designed?

Answer: Steve Jobs

What was the name Walter White was known by in the drug world of Breaking Bad?

Answer: Heisenberg

What actor earned an Emmy for his role in Game of Thrones?

Answer: Peter Dinklage (as Tyrion Lannister)

On what book is the Amazon-produced Rings of Power based?

Answer: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion

What writer for Ted Lasso ended up acting in a major role in the show?

Answer: Brett Goldstein as Roy Kent

What two comedy veterans star with Selena Gomez in Only Murders in the Building?

Answer: Steve Martin and Martin Short

Which Star Wars film is commonly considered the worst in the series?

Answer: Star Wars: The Clone Wars got an 18% from Rotten Tomatoes

In what film did Julia Roberts star as a prostitute who gets a fairy tale ending?

Answer: Pretty Woman (1990)

What actor in the cast of the 2010s sitcom Community made music as rapper Childish Gambino?

Answer: Donald Glover

What actress played the chess champion Beth Harmon in the television series The Queen’s Gambit?

Answer: Anya Taylor-Joy

25 Pub Trivia Questions

What sport has the largest playing field?

Answer: polo (10 acres)

In which sport does each team field the most players at a time: American football, Australian football, or women’s lacrosse?

Answer: Australian football with 18 players

Which sport first provided player payments and created leagues: rugby or football (soccer)?

Answer: Football professionalized in the 1880s.

When was the first 11-a-side cricket match played for money: 1697, 1797, or 1897?

Answer: 1697

Maud Watson was the first victor in a major tournament held in England in 1884 for what sport?

Answer: Tennis (in the first Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship)

Who was the German composer who moved to London in 1712 and created operas in English?

Answer: George Frideric Handel

What controversial smash hit musical did Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber collaborate on to produce the concept album in 1970?

Answer: Jesus Christ Superstar

What Australian/American actor played Hamlet opposite Helena Bonham Carter’s Ophelia in a 1990 film?

Answer: Mel Gibson

What one-time friend of Prince Andrew supposedly killed himself in a New York jail awaiting trial?

Answer: Jeffrey Epstein

How many members are in the Saudi Royal family, House of Saud: 75, 800, or 15,000?

Answer: About 15,000

What was the name of the British Royal family before George V changed it to “Windsor” in 1917? 

Answer: Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

How many grandchildren does King Charles of the UK have in 2022?

Answer: five

How tall is Spiderman actor Tom Holland?

Answer: 5’8” (173 m.)

What is the northernmost point of Australia? 

Answer: Bramble Cay, Torres Strait Islands, Queensland

In what film did Helena Bonham Carter make her debut?

Answer: A Room With a View

What superhero actor once spent a year teaching English at a Tibetan monastery?

Answer: Benedict Cumberbatch

Which British actress worked as a singer in a tough London bar where she was asked to sing “My Heart Will Go On” to calm down rowdy patrons?

Answer: Gemma Aterton

Who played Sherlock’s parents in the BBC’s hit show Sherlock?

Answer: Benedict Cumberbatch’s parents

Which creator of the original British Office series has also played a serial killer?

Answer: Stephen Merchant

How long can a cricket bat be? 

Answer: No more than 38 inches (96.5 cm)

Who was the actual last king of Scotland?

Answer: King James VI (Scotland) I (England)

King Edward I successfully invaded and took charge of what other nation?

Answer: Wales

What two British sovereigns ruled during the time William Shakespeare was writing and producing plays?

Answer: Queen Elizabeth I and James I

Which Anglo Saxon king is said to have burned the cakes when he was supposed to be watching them?

Answer: King Alfred the Great

What group of people first brought tea to England?

Answer: Dutch traders

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