- Subway stop: Bergen St
- Walk from subway: 30 seconds
- Neighborhood: Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill (BoCoCa, maybe?)
- Location: 191 Smith St, between Warren St and Baltic St
- Trivia nights: Thursdays at 8:00pm
Welcome back to Off the G’s second installment of Trivia Thursday. I know what you all are thinking, “Welcome back?! That’s generous. This blog doesn’t retain any readership,” and to that I say, how do you know I’m not welcoming myself back to writing another Trivia Thursday post? And also, can’t a girl dream? Speaking of dreams and bad segues, today’s post is about a new bar with an even newer trivia night. Late last spring, Fawkner opened its doors on Smith St in BoCoCa. I read somewhere that it looks like it was decorated by Wes Anderson’s set designer, and that is completely accurate, complete with their logo looking strikingly similar to Mordecai the hawk from the Royal Tenenbaums.
Fawkner is a huge space with a variety of seating options to chose from. You can sit at the bar or at a table in the bar area, you can opt for that “booth in a cave” feel by sitting in a booth on your way from the front room to the back room (booths are also obviously located under a stuffed ram), or you can go for the cozy, fireside den-type area in the backroom.
With all of these different options being spread out, some of them completely out of eyesight of the bar, I thought it might pose a problem to sit fireside during trivia. In my experience, trivia is usually done at the bar, and to deter from cheating it’s encouraged that you sit where others can see you. But when I asked, they said to sit wherever I wanted. While this is nice, I take trivia VERY seriously and I didn’t want my team, “My body is a wonderland,” to be accused of cheating by a fellow team. I choked down one of their delicious sandwiches (fried chicken with maple dipping sauce, aka my wet dream), and headed to the front area by the bar to play trivia.
Trivia at Fawkner is still fairly new, and the Thursday I went (and it should be noted that their trivia nights are on Thursdays at 8pm, which I said above in my bullet points, but you might not like to pay attention to the most informative parts of my blog posts and scroll right by them. So then I have to repeat myself and I sound a bit like a broken record, but thankfully I love the sound of my own ramblings so everybody wins) was only the second Thursday they hosted trivia. Despite it being brand new, it was definitely one of the more enjoyable trivia experiences I’ve had.
There are 5 rounds of 10 questions each, which at most bar trivias can mean you’re in for a late night. And since trivia nights are always on weekdays, it can mean for a rough start the next day when you’re trying to get ready for work. But not here. It could be because it’s still so new that the word isn’t out yet about their trivia, thus there aren’t as many participants. It could also be that the MC is fire and says here’s your question, I’m giving you about 45 seconds to a minute for each one, then at the end of the round, you have about a minute or two to get your sheets in. I’m gonna get real, sometimes the MC’s at trivia are so inconsistent with their timing between questions and between rounds, it really chaps my hide. I don’t need 20 minutes between a round, 4 minutes between a question, and 30 seconds to hand in my sheet or else I’m disqualified. Pick a pace, and stick with it. And this MC did and I loved him for it. After 50 loosely Alan Rickman themed questions, trivia was over and a winner was crowned by 9pm. Like, seriously man, thank you. Now I can feel like I learned something (about Alan Rickman) AND eat another sandwich unburdened by the weight of not paying attention to the question too closely because I was chewing too loud and now I’ve let my whole team down.
In addition to a quick and painless trivia night, the prizes are not too shabby. Despite not coming in first, “My body is a wonderland” still came in second, meaning we won a $25 gift card to Fawkner which we used IMMEDIATELY, and two tickets to a magic show. I thought my trivia winnings peaked a couple years ago when I won a bucket and a pair of light up shoe laces, but I think a magic show MIGHT take the cake. The show hasn’t happened yet, though, so I’ll have to get back to you on that.
In short, if you’re looking for a new trivia night to spice up your regular old trivia night routine, I would get to Fawkner, quickly. Once this place gets more of a regular trivia night following, you might not as easily win a magical night, and you might have to be there for longer than an hour. But never fret, because even if you are there for hours on end, not winning anything, you can always pretend you’re on a rooftop, calling out for Mordecai to return, or spending the night in the Grand Budapest Hotel. Those are Wes Anderson references, if that wasn’t clear. And if you don’t like trivia, why did you read this entire post? Maybe my words are just that engrossing? Whatever the case may be, remember to keep reading and-
-Off the G