Pub Quiz Tips – The Basics of Hosting a Trivia Night

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Doing a pub quiz is often rewarding not just in financial terms but also in getting more of a community spirit in a relaxed environment. There are 2 real elements to a pub quiz the compiling of the questions and answers, and also hosting of the event. I am going to focus on the actual hosting with the aim of giving a foundation to build upon so as to advance the night into a complete night of entertainment. Here’s the basics.

First thing is scheduling the night for the pub quiz. You need to plan out the night from start to finish. Let’s say it is now going to be a regular weekly event.

  1. Set the day in the week you are going to host it.
  2. Time it starts often 8pm but any time that suits your pub.
  3. Time it finishes. The less formal pub quiz should last between 1:30 to 2hrs including interval.
  4. Finally the Wash up, Reading the questions and marking, giving the prizes and finally but very importantly thank the quiz teams and also telling them same time next week or let them know if there is a change to come.

Money in and out. You need to work out first how your going to charge for entry to the pub quiz usually either per team or per individual and to set the entry fee. The more you charge the more money you have to set to one side for prizes.

The prizes all depend upon how you want to play it. Again the less formal is usually cheap entry so a free drinks vouchers for the winning team is an idea but not always the best. If the quiz is more formal, then better prizes are usually in order maybe vouchers to a descent local restaurant. You can also add an accumulator prize where the winning team has a chance of winning a bigger cash prize. Open Box is a good one or if a team gets every single question correct is also excellent way to do accumulators. Remember the best way to do accumulators is to put a set percentage in each week so the more money going in, the bigger the turn out.

Finally Advertise. At the very least put posters on the pubs notice boards, in toilets, on doors and outside the pub. You should really try to get adverts in shop windows and libraries. Unless your pub quizzes are established then there isn’t much point in putting them into a local paper or magazine as it cost too much and usually there are hundreds of pubs adverts. If you already have a regular advert in the papers then just add it to that.

These are the grounds of planning and hosting a pub quiz it doesn’t talk about the quiz master, the questions and answers but may help with organising the event.

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