You’ll find me at Townline BBQ for Trivia Night every Thursday night. I’m not necessarily a “trivia person,” per se. Although my areas of expertise have been described as trivial, I am—if nothing else—self-confident enough to consider things I think are things I know…I am willing to admit that I’m not actually very helpful.
Keeping things interesting, there is a $10 entry fee per team member, and this money goes to actual PRIZES for first, second, third, and last place.
Townline’s Trivia Night has shown me how much fun trivia can be, despite being skeptical at first. Likely you’ve been to Trivia, where the MC seemed to relish knowing that most sane humans would never know the answer. I’m pretty much checked out if there is a “Hall of Fame Baseball” category—none of that.
The questions are more Who Wants to be a Millionaire than Jeopardy.
What makes Trivia Night so great starts, naturally, with the questions and the MC, trivia veteran Paul Johnson. Paul is well-known in the Hamptons and manages his Trivia empire through his company, Think Inc. Trivia—Are you not entertained?! @thinkinctrivia
Striking a balance in questions is a fine art, and Paul is always creative and fresh. Impressively, questions that stump me are as fun, if not more so, than those I know right away.
Each round has an engaging theme that encourages teams to incorporate different perspectives and ideas. Most nights include an audio/visual round, which is always a fan favorite. It’s awesome to find out what niche knowledge your friends, or you, have. Overall, almost everyone will have something to contribute in any given round.
Teams are capped (less than ~10); I think the sweet spot is between 3–6 people. Too many cooks in the kitchen and all that, plus it’s easier to find a table for 5 than 10 people. Don’t forget you’ll split your winnings with everyone on your team.
This is the People’s Trivia, a genuine gathering of Bonackers from every walk of life. Watch out for the teams of teachers (my Team’s rival, although they may see it differently); they crush trivia. The audience is always filled with smiles and tasteful heckling back and forth with the MC. You love to see it.
The bartender, Ryan, is Herculean in his efforts to keep drinks full and brains lubricated. Tip the bartender! If you’re lucky enough to have a minute to talk with Ryan, ask him how many times he has seen Billy Joel live. How’s that for trivia?
People love Townline’s Texas-style BBQ with a casual, roadside atmosphere—It’s the only place in the Hamptons. Tables fill quickly, so your best bet is to order finger food for the table. I suggest eating before the game starts in the dining room, separate from the bar/high-top area.
Further proving my lack of skill at Trivia, the team I play with won in my absence last month. Maybe addition by subtraction? So, maybe I’ll need a new team…anyone interested, find me at Townline BBQ on Thursday nights.
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