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Making Each Show Unique – Alcohol Trivia

Making Each Show Unique – Alcohol Trivia

“Adding interest and excitement to your trivia night by going out of your way to include trivia about a favourite subject of many….Alcohol”


Welcome back to the blog. I hope you enjoyed last weeks post and indeed I hope you have started putting to use some of the good practice we are instructing you on. All comes direct from an experienced quiz master with years in the profession, so its all been tried and tested across various venues.


Today, we are kicking off a new series of posts, all along a similar theme and that theme is making each show unique. What we are essentially going to look at here is how you, with a little bit of thought and planning, can add some key themes into your quiz to make each show unique. This will help encourage punters to come back and also make sure they don’t get bored. Keeping them on the edge of their seat and never knowing quite what to expect will always result in more players and more bookings.


Now, it terms of making each show unique there are a few ways to look at this that all of the below ideas will cover. Initially, what you could think about doing is having a certain aspect of your quiz themed every week or have a general theme for the whole quiz. I don’t mean every single question about the same subject but trying to make an ongoing theme.


Here are some ideas and thoughts on the issues….

Making Each Show Unique – Alcohol Trivia – Why Include it at all?

Why have I started this series with Alcohol, I hear you ask. Very simply, its something that is popular, people know a lot about and that is relevant to the setting (if hosting in a bar). It also something that isn’t as “learned” or as “academic” as some subjects and won’t make people feel dumb or put them off attending. It may also encourage other teams to win as the boffins in your quiz who know about science and history may not be too up to speed on drinking!

Making Each Show Unique – Alcohol Trivia – Reflect on results

Stop Press: On thing I should mention here and throughout any of these “themed” posts is that there is a need to reflect on results. If you announce next weeks quiz is going to have a theme of Alcohol and no-one turns up then you will need to re-consider your options. If every team scores 30% less than usual….then you need to consider your options. Keep it relevant to what your audience in your venue wants, as I have said several times over and over….what works in one venue doesn’t necessarily in them all. Never try and force things onto an audience if there is a clear indication they don’t want it.

Making Each Show Unique – Pictures and Sound Rounds

Right, so onto the ideas then. How are you going to include the subject of Alcohol in your quiz. What you don’t want to do is just have question after question on the subject. It will have the adverse affect. So here are some suggestions –


In terms of the picture round there are various ways to go. Firstly, the simple on is showing logos and bottles and having the customers guess what brand it is. A good one I have used before is a matching type picture round where I had a list of beers and a list of countries and the player simply had to match the country to the beer which is made there. The third and final one I often use is a cocktail menu with the titles missed off and only the ingredients showing. This tends to be the most popular.

Making Each Show Unique – Music Rounds

When I do quizzes with a general theme I always try to tailor the music round to fit in with the theme overall. Hence, if the subject was alcohol, then I would tell the players that I am playing 10 songs and there is the name of an alcoholic drink in either the title or the artist and they have to identify it. This may be hard with some subjects as you don’t want to be too obscure but general it will work as there are an awful lot of songs about drinking.

Making Each Show Unique – To Warn or Not to Warn?

Now, here is an issue I have faced over the years. Do you tell your players what the theme is going to be before the next week? Advantage being they can revise, look up information on relevant issues and it rewards the regular players. Downside is, sometimes the surprise element is good and knowing a theme in advance may deter them from coming if they don’t like it.


So in essence we have seen a lot of ideas and uses for Trivia based on Alcohol across this post. Some you may love and start using straight away, some you may want to tread with caution until you have it spot on and know what you are doing, but these are all solid ideas with a proven track record.


As we have said the main reason you want to keep trivia like this unique is to make sure your customers stay entertained, but if you are reading this I am sure you are an experienced quizmaster and know what you are doing and I have every faith with the above tips and advice you can pull it off.


Stay tuned over the next few days as the blog with venture into ideas on other areas of trivia that you can expand into and give more and more ideas. Until then, thanks for the continued feedback, ideas and hints and of course if you have anything to say, any suggestions for topics, or indeed if you would like to tell me I’m wrong J….then please get in touch.

Until then, happy trivia hosting.

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