Trivia night is a good time whether you win or lose. Here’s where to play in and around Newport Beach …


2305 W Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663

As a new 2019 venture, Aurora is now hosting trivia on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The trivia includes four rounds, with $100 in prizes and participants can sign up upon arrival.

Mutt Lynch’s

2300 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Trivia starts at 8 p.m. every Wednesday but arrive early. This trivia gets as peppy as the local lagers available on tap. Bring your friends, bring your foes and head to Mutt’s for an intense night that’ll test the bounds of your knowledge. A snarky, sarcastic (in the best way) host ensures this trivia night is taken VERY seriously and a special game between the last rounds allows lucky participants to win prizes, usually paid out in free drinks. There’s no cost to enter and on trivia night, Mutt’s runs a BOGO burger special as well as the opportunity to win free beer and gift cards for first, second and third place.

Boathouse Collective

1640 Pomona Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Bring your smart friends (or so says the advertisement for this trivia night). Boathouse Collective, a hidden gem of craft brews in Costa Mesa, hosts trivia night every Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. It’s free to play and first, second and third-place teams win prizes.

Cruisers Pizza Bar and Grill

801 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92661

If you’re reading this in 2018, Cruisers is on a trivial sabbatical but in 2019, expect trivia to resume every Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. sharp. In addition to prizes for top teams, trivia night also features $12 pizzas and $12 pitchers.