Time Out Singapore: Best Pub Quizzes in Town

You’re in luck – there are plenty of pub quizzes in Singapore where you can get your trivia on. Gwen Pew and Natasha Hong round up the best pub quizzes for all types.

Pub Quiz

14 Mar 2014:

Best all rounder

Brewerkz

Every Tue
Quizmasters John Genzler and Poonam Chaphekar.
Format Five rounds, covering topics like general knowledge, British history and trivia, tourist attractions in South- East Asia, music lyrics and Jeopardystyle questions.
Maximum team size Eight. Additional players can be added on for one point penalty each.
What to expect Dominated by teams of mainly expats, Brewerkz’s quiz is located in a side room at its Riverside Point outlet, in a space that is separated from its general drinking crowd, unlike some others on this list. The atmosphere here is slightly more serious than most other quizzes, though there’s a regular stable of teams that maintain friendly relations with each other – a lone guy was invited to join a rival team when his quiz mates failed to show up one evening. They’ve got pretty-easy-totackle questions, and a mid-session break comes in the form of a headsand- tails game that awards the person to correctly guess the sequence of coin flips with a pint of Brewerkz beer. However, although it’s got almost the same number of rounds as most other quizzes, our Tuesday bout ended later than most, only finishing at 11.15pm.
Sample question ‘Paul David Hewson is a musician better known by what stage name?’
Prize The kitty of team entry fees and a $100 Brewerkz vouchers for the winning team, a $100 voucher for second place, and a five-litre mini-keg of Brewerkz beer for third place.

#01-05/06 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Rd (6438 7438, www.brewerkz.com.sg). Clarke Quay. Tue 8pm. $5/person.

Most difficult

Boomarang

Every Tue
Quizmasters Branka Ralph, who also hosts the quiz nights at Boomarang’s Boat Quay outlet every Thursday and at Roundhouse Pizza, Bar & Grill every other Wednesday. (Ralph was away on the night we went, however, so our experience is based on a replacement quizmaster.)
Format Five rounds including history, sports, business, mixed bag and picture.
Maximum team size Six.
What to expect Winning the title of most punctual starter – we arrived less than five minutes late and found that we had already missed the first few questions, though the quizmaster kindly repeated them to us later on – this is also the most challenging out of the ones we tried. Contrary to our initial worries, it isn’t Aussie-themed, despite it being conducted in an Aussie-themed bar, but largely consists of advanced general knowledge questions. The regulars – who are mostly expats, at least on the night that we went – have a running tab of weekly scores in hopes of being crowned champion at the end of the season, but non-regulars are welcomed to come by anytime. Be warned, however, that there’s no running away from embarrassing scores (our team experienced some pretty bleak rounds), as answers are swapped and marked by fellow participants, and scores are broadcasted alongside the team names on a giant screen atop the bar. Definitely one for the more serious quizzers – you’ve got to know your stuff here.
Sample question ‘Where is the International Monetary Fund headquartered?’
Prize The winning team gets their bar tab for drinks consumed throughout the quiz – excluding high-end spirits and wines – on the house.

#01-15 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay (6738 1077,www.boomarang.com.sg). Take a taxi. Tue 8pm. Free.

Best for fun extras and games

Nosh

Every Wed
Quizmasters Russell Britton, who’s been doing it at Nosh for over a year.
Format Six rounds including general questions, film titles, stick or bust, music, wild card and picture, plus a bonus round.
Maximum team size Eight.
What to expect One of our favourite quiz nights, Nosh offers something a bit more light-hearted and quirky than the others. The setting of their breezy outdoor terrace is beautiful and we loved the warm lighting, although our long table did make it a little difficult to communicate discreetly at times. The crowd here is a good mix of locals and expats; there was even a family with kids on the night that we went. The questions cover extensive grounds and one of the highlights is definitely the bonus round. On our night, the question was ‘guess the cocktail’, where we had to figure out the name and ingredients of our complimentary drink. There’s an ongoing eight-week league for regulars, with prizes for winners of individual nights, too.
Sample question ‘What is the largest island in the world?’
Prize $100 Nosh voucher for first place and a bottle of wine for second place.

9 Rochester Park (6779 4644, www.nosh.com.sg). Buona Vista. Wed 8pm. Free.

Best for East Coast know-it-alls

Picotin Express

Monthly
Quizmasters Simon Burrows and Mark Reeve, who occasionally host other trivia nights around town.
Format Six rounds, covering current affairs, TV and film, an alphabet round, stick or bust, connections and a picture bout.
Maximum team size Eight.
What to expect Held on most first and third Wednesdays of the month, Picotin continues its trivia nights from its nowclosed Horse City branch at its newish outlet out east with experienced quizmasters Burrows and Reeve. Its location deep in Opera Estate makes it a little harder to reach and therefore might appeal more to smarty pants living in the neighbourhood. Teams here are smaller groups of threes and fours, despite the eight member maximum, and tables are more than sufficiently spaced out that it’s easier to murmur speculated answers to your team mates. Questions, even in the current affairs category, leant more towards film and pop culture covering everything from 1930s crooners to 1980s horror trilogies, and our picture round was a challenging guess of film stills with its humans cleverly photoshopped out. The quiz is also quite generous, conducting mid-quiz name card draws to reward attendees with bottles of wine, and games of virtual golf at Urban Fairways.
Sample question ‘What do Robin Hood, Leonardo da Vinci and George Best have in common?’
Prize $100 dining voucher for Picotin, and a $50 dining voucher for the runners up.1 Figaro St (6445 5590, www.picotin.com.sg). Take a taxi. 8pm, check website for dates. Free.

Best for a casual tourist crowd

Prince of Wales

Every Tue
Quizmasters Colin Chamberlain, aka the Quiz Master, who also hosts quizzes at Molly Malone’s and Lazy Lizard (check out his site here).
Format Six rounds including ‘fictional dogs’, geography, music, science, connections and picture.
Team size No limit.
What to expect Colin Chamberlain isn’t known as the Quiz Master for nothing – he runs three separate trivia nights around town every week, and tailors his questions to suit his audience at each venue. As the crowd at POW is largely older expats, the songs in the music round, for example, are mostly hits from the 1960s to ’80s. We liked the alfresco setting by the river underneath a covered tent, but some technical aspects could have been improved: the PA system was pretty terrible, and while the reusable laminated answer sheets is a great idea, our marker pens kept running out. Those minor issues aside, however, this is a solid quiz night that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Sample question ‘Who was Hamlet talking to when he was describing “a fellow of infinite jest”?’
Prize A bucket of Heineken.

51 Boat Quay (6533 6296, www.pow.com.sg). Clarke Quay. Tue 8pm. Free.

Best for local trivia

SG Tipsy Trivia

Final Thu of every month
Quizmasters Founders Christine Chong, Lucas Ho, Lynnette Kang, Laremy Lee, Huiran Leong, Gabriel Seah and Eisen Teo, who started SG Tipsy Trivia in December 2012.
Format Six rounds, with themes like ‘Bukit’, ‘More than Words’, ‘Thievery’, social media and a picture round. Maximum team size Six, though up to two extra players can be added on for a 3.5 point penalty each.
What to expect Billed as the city’s only Singapore-themed quiz night, this is a roving event that takes place at restaurants and cafés around town every last Thursday of the month (past editions have taken place at Earshot Café, A for Arbite and the nowdefunct Via Mar at the Singapore Art Museum). Calling it Singapore-themed is a bit of a stretch though, as only 60 percent of the questions fielded cover life in the city, but questions like ‘What does NETS stand for?’ and ‘What is the motto for the Jurong Bird Park?’ are enough to make you face palm at all the things you wished you took more note of living in Singapore. Other questions in the more generic categories can sometimes be needlessly difficult, covering niches like linguistics, law and dead white men in the picture round, though the teams in attendance with deliciously punny names like ‘Team Ho Wan’, ‘Cereal Killers’ and ‘Merlion Sushi’ did add to the fun atmosphere by putting in random, funny answers, which the quiz hosts sportingly read out for comic relief.
Sample question ‘Which 1956 novel by British novelist Anthony Burgess borrows for its title the advertising slogan of a Singaporean beer?’
Prize 50 percent of the pot of registration fees for the winners, 30 percent for second place.

Various locations. 7.30pm, every last Thur of the month. $5.

Best for CBD dwellers

The Bank Bar + Bistro

Tue every fortnight
Quizmaster Magazine editor Ranajit Dam, who’s been there for a year.
Format Six rounds, with themes like mixed bag, TV & movies, sports, ‘Odd One Out’, plus either a music or picture segment and a connections round.
Maximum team size Eight.
What to expect Located right in the heart of the Marina Bay financial district, The Bank makes for a perfect post-work haunt for the white-collar CBD crowd. There’s usually a solid mass of punters occupying the bar’s outdoor seating, with the action inside also highly visible thanks to the venue’s full glass exterior. The questions cover a mass-market range of news and history, celebrity gossip, politics, and popular genres of music and Hollywood films – plus a few brain teaser questions that simply rely on logic. It’s great for a fun night out with dinner – there’s no entry fee and their burgers, pizzas and mains offer more solid fare than your typical pub grub. There’s also a lucky draw offering a brunch voucher for two.
Sample question ‘In 1963, which Englishman became the first Honorary Citizen of the United States?’
Prize $200 dining voucher.

#01-01 One Shenton, 1 Shenton Way (6636 2188, www.thebankbar.com). Downtown. 7pm,second and fourth Tue every month. Free.

Best for pop culture

Urban Fairways

Tue every fortnight
Quizmaster Azmul Haque and guests.
Format Six rounds including medley, sports, audio, advertisement taglines, connections and picture.
Maximum team size Four.
What to expect The website states that a maximum of ten teams is allowed at the trivia night, but we needn’t have worried the evening we went as only five teams showed up (including an Urban Fairways staff team), and the quiz started more than half an hour late. Still, it ended up being a fun evening as the questions are a good mix of popular culture and general knowledge – not golf-themed as one might expect from the selfproclaimed ‘inner-city golfing oasis’ – and not too niche or technical. Even the music round included hits by artists ranging from Shaggy to Owl City (with a connecting theme of artists who have come for the F1), so there really is something for everyone here. This is also the only quiz we tried where the picture round could be used as the joker, which we took full advantage of.
Sample question ‘What do you call a triangle where none of its sides are the same?’
Prize $500 golfing voucher for four people for first place and a $100 dining voucher for second place.

#01-07 Capital Tower, 168 Robinson Rd (6327 8045, www.urbanfairways.com). Tanjong Pagar. 7pm, second and fourth Tue every month. Free.

Time Out Singapore: ‘Singapore Writers Festival 2013’ Preview

Back for the 16th edition, Singapore’s largest literary festival returns this month with a host of talks, workshops and events to inspire the country’s love for the written – and spoken – word. Gwen Pew speaks to the Singapore Writers Festival’s programme director, Paul Tan.

Workshops, author's talks, meet and greet sessions - this is a bookworm's dream come true. Image courtesy of the Singapore Writers Festival.

Workshops, author’s talks, meet and greet sessions – this is a bookworm’s dream come true. Image courtesy of the Singapore Writers Festival.

25 Oct 2013: Back for the 16th edition, Singapore’s largest literary festival returns this month with a host of talks, workshops and events to inspire the country’s love for the written – and spoken – word. ‘The Singapore Writers Festival has always sought to connect our audiences with literature in diverse ways, and through topics close to their hearts,’ says festival director Paul Tan.

This year’s theme is Utopia/ Dystopia, which Tan explains: ‘We picked the theme to shine a light on the darker side of humanity, through accessible topics such as crime, violence and war.’

Amongst the exciting line-up of over 190 authors this year are appearances by the UK’s first female Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, journalist, children’s author and daughter of physicist Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking, and best-selling crime fiction writer Peter James. France-based Chinese Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian will also be premiering his documentary Requiem for Beauty, while philosopher AC Grayling will present a lecture on our interactions with the world.

Of course, it’s not just about bringing in the big shots from overseas – plenty of local talents will be showcased too. ‘Some of the highlights include a revisit of classics like Animal Farm and Brave New World through the lens of Singaporean writers Gwee Li Sui and Adrian Tan and “guerrilla” literary performances around the Singapore Biennale installations,’ says Tan.

‘Other interesting speakers come from the associated genres of film, visual art and music such as Anthony Chen, Bani Haykal and Yusnor Ef,’ he continues. ‘We promise a lot of food for thought, catering to many different appetites.’

Time Out Singapore: Deepavali 2013 Guide

Bright lights along Upper Serangoon Road at 2012's Deepavali.

Bright lights along Upper Serangoon Road at 2012’s Deepavali.

8 Oct 2o13: Although we won’t get a working day off for the holiday this year (d’oh!) – due to the Hindu Advisory Board revising the official date of Deepavali from Sunday the 3rd to Saturday, 2 November – there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights in Singapore. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Little India’s annual light-up, and as usual, the district’s streets – stretching from parts of Selegie Road to Serangoon Road (from the junction of Sophia Road to Lavender Street) and Race Course Road – are now adorned with colourful decorations. The theme centres on Radha and Krishna, the divine lovers in Hindu mythology, whose life-size replicas can be found swinging atop the main arch at the entrance of Serangoon Road. A range of events are planned.

Festival Village and Heritage & Crafts Exhibition

Until 1 Nov

Following the success of previous years, the Festival Village returns to Campbell Lane and Hastings Road to offer 15,000 square feet of retail therapy. Find stalls selling all sorts of decorations, jewellery and crafts, get your hands decorated by henna tattoo artists or try delicious Indian delicacies. The Heritage & Crafts Exhibition, titled Our Indian Forefathers and Their Trades in Singapore, is at Hastings Road and showcases a range of photographs and stories. There are also workshops for participants to learn from Indian craftsmen.

Fringe Activities

Various dates

Kids are invited to dress up as mini Radhas and Krishnas (5 Oct, 3pm, Hastings Rd), while the Family Challenge (12 Oct, 2pm, Hastings & Kerbau Rd) encourages adults to partner up with their little ones to complete three designated tasks around the Little India district; there are prizes to be won at both events. A Dance Medley (19 Oct, 5pm, Hastings & Kerbau Rd) sees a line-up of performers demonstrating various types of traditional dances, and be sure not to miss the spectacular Theemithi, or Fire-Walking, Festival (20 Oct, 6pm, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple).

Deepavali Countdown

1 Nov

For the best way to welcome the Festival of Lights, head down to the Event Marquee at Race Course Road. Spectators will be treated to an evening of performances by local and Indian artists – the full line-up can be viewed on the Little India website listed above – starting from 8.30pm, and culminating in the much-anticipated countdown. A fireworks display will mark the official start of Deepavali with much colour and fanfare – just be sure to head down early and leave any metallic items behind, as huge crowds are expected and security checks will be conducted.

See www.littleindia.com.sg for the full schedule.

Time Out Singapore: Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 Guide

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 19th of September this year. From Chinatown to Gardens by the Bay, Gwen Pew and Chen Ting round up the best places to soak in the lunar celebrations.

Mid-autumn lanterns in Chinatown.

Mid-autumn lanterns in Chinatown.

4 Sep 2013: 

City Square Mall

24 Aug-22 Sep

Get your fill of the traditional Mid-Autumn pastry – and some contemporary spin-offs – from renowned bakeries and hotels such as Baker’s Oven, Shangri-La and InterContinental Singapore at discounted rates at City Square Mall’s Delightful Mooncake Fair. To sweeten the occasion even more, chef Pang Nyuk Yoon will be giving a demonstration on the art of mooncake-making (weekends from 7-15 Sep, 7pm), while the Singapore Wind Symphony will be performing a concert titled City Swing, playing sweet swing, jazz and Bossa Nova tunes all afternoon long (25 Aug, 4pm).

180 Kitchener Rd (www.citysquaremall.com.sg, 6595 6595). MRT: Farrer Park. Various times. Free.

Chinese Garden

30 Aug-23 Sep

Admire the moon by the stillness of the lake at Chinese Garden, where lanterns will be displayed and Shaolin kungfu masters will be performing incredible feats of power. In addition to the usual festivities, some prehistoric visitors will also be making an appearance this year – life-size animatronic dinosaurs will be roaming and fighting within the gardens – and lucky kids might even get to go home with free gifts while stocks last.

1 Chinese Garden Rd (www.lanterncarnival.com, 9003 6612). MRT: Chinese Garden. Sun-Thur 10.30am-11.30pm; Fri & Sat 10.30-12.30am. Adult $12; child $6.

Chinatown

7 Sep-4 Oct

The home base for all Mid-Autumn festivities, Chinatown will leave you dazzled and entertained until well after the full moon has set. The opening night will see the official street light-up ceremony, followed by a line-up of multicultural song and dance performances and, of course, a beautiful fireworks display that can be witnessed along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street (7-10pm). Be sure to also soak in the colourful enclave’s festive air by visiting street bazaars and nightly cultural shows, join in the first ever Chinatown Mid-Autumn Walking Trail (8 & 14 Sep, 7-8.30pm; each trail is conducted in English and limited to 15 participants, so book early by emailing hr_zhang1984@yahoo.com.sg) or participate in the annual Mass Lantern Walk (15 Sep, 7-10pm). There are also lantern making (31 Aug, 8-10pm) and lantern painting (1 Sep, 9am-noon) competitions at Chinatown Point to get you in the mood prior to the festival.

Various locations across Chinatown (www.chinatownfestivals.sg, 6323 2758). MRT: Chinatown. Various timings. Free.

Gardens by the Bay

13-22 Sep

Gardens by the Bay will be celebrating the traditional Chinese festival for the first time this year, with the Flower Field inside the Flower Dome set to be transformed into a carpet of autumnal floral splendor from 9 Sep onwards. A bevy of activities have also been planned for all the family to enjoy, from elaborate light displays to lantern-making workshops, and photography competitions to mindboggling Chinese riddles. Alternatively, sit back as local and overseas groups put on a range of dance, theatrical, opera and musical performances, which you can catch whilst being surrounded by a healthy dose of nature.

18 Marina Gardens Dr (www.gardensbythebay.com.sg, 6420 6848). MRT: Bayfront. Various times. Various prices.