Trivia Night at the Looking Glass Lounge

Games night

Editorial Review

“Is everybody feeling knowledgeable tonight?” host Dalton Hirshorn asks the capacity crowd at the Petworth bar on the final Tuesday of February. Hirshorn is a mainstay at the Looking Glass, where his weekly hosting stint puts teams of no more than five people through five rounds, including an audio round, a visual matching round and esoterica such as fictional TV towns and identifying the names of baby animals (What do you call a baby cockroach? A nymph, of course).

If you think you did well in a particular round, you have a one-chance-only option to double your score for that round. You can also boost your point total by guessing the “mystery person” about whom a single fact is revealed after each round. At least one of the rounds has a theme riffing on the news or current events such as the Oscars, with answers including Oscar Wilde, Oscar the Grouch or Oscar Hammerstein. While trivia doesn’t start until 8 p.m., the Looking Glass is usually full by 6:45 with contestants having dinner and enjoying happy hour specials, including half-price beers and half-smokes.

Pro tip: Follow Hirshorn on Twitter at @QuizmasterGAAve to find out that night’s theme.

The prizes: $60 off the winning team’s bar tab, $15 off for the team with the best name.

-- Alex Baldinger