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Best trivia nights

Stephanie Merry, Fritz Hahn and Alex Baldinger  |  Updated 08/30/2013

Bar fights are nothing new. But disputes over what the colors of the Olympic rings represent while hanging out at a favorite watering hole? That's not exactly your typical beer-fueled brawl.

Call it what you will -- trivia night, pub quiz, smartypants smackdown -- it's a battle playing out at an ever-increasing legion of establishments across the area. True to the region's overachieving status, it appears that locals like to drink in knowledge while sipping on cocktails.

"It's a free night. It's a fun way to engage. It's a fun way to get to hang out with your friends and still be challenged," says Allison Jessing, who hosts the National Portrait Gallery's trivia night. "I think D.C. is a really precocious town, and people are always looking for challenges and ways to learn and get acquainted with new ideas."

But it's also an alternative to the passivity of lounging on the couch.

"It's something to do besides watching TV," says occasional Wonderland trivia host Alex Reish. "And it's a pretty laid-back activity that, while you're doing it, you can still talk to people. That's golden."

Since those "NCIS" reruns aren't going anywhere, maybe it's time to check out one of the trivia nights below. The spotlighted locales design their trivia in-house (as opposed to outsourcing the question-writing to trivia-specializing corporations), and all are worthy of your precious post-work hours.

 
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