Charm City Trivia...Do It Like a Pro
DO IT: IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE BALTIMORE AREA, GO TO CHARM CITY TRIVIA!
If you lived in Baltimore from 2009-2014, there is a really good chance we drank together. Now, this is something that is true for most people living in Baltimore, but exponentially more so if you are one of the thousands of under-40s who play bar trivia.
Charm City Trivia is one of the best activities available in Baltimore on a weeknight. You form teams - even if it's a team of one, like the surprisingly excellent team "I Didn't Expect the Spanish Inquisition" which is comprised only of my friend John - and get progressively drunker while answering questions you sort of vaguely have a memory of once knowing something adjacent to.
Sit On My Facebook was our team, and we played at Mad River, and sometimes at Mother's, in Federal Hill. Charm City operates in every neighborhood and even a few suburbs. The best nights are when the owner Brandon hosts the proceedings. If Baltimore manhood can be describe as a Rainbow of Bros, well Brandon is Indigo Bro: He's the best, but you're not sure if he's going to show up that night.
Sit On My Facebook played weekly for around 5 years and we were pretty good. We had a regular arch-nemesis, The Porkchop Express, which is comprised of a retired mom and dad in their 60s, their 40 year old son who lives with them, and his 40 year old friend who lives with his parents. A lot of jokes were pointed their way, but not only were they a top-tier team, Gramps KILLED IT on the sexy dance off tiebreaker challenges.
I don't want to say outright that our win made us local celebrities/heroes, but I will say that if you attended trivia nights on Wednesdays, it is highly likely that you would go "Oh Sit On My Facebook? Yeah, drunk people on the balcony, right?"
You bet your sweet ass that was us.
Why is trivia night in Baltimore City such a great way to make friends and learn about the city? Because it encourages you to get out there on weeknights. On the weekends, the neighborhood is full of a veritable buffet of vomiting undergrads. It's Sodom and Gomorrah, except straighter and somehow way less fabulous. So leave the weekends for the amateurs and show up on the weekdays.
The other great part is that it encourages you to make friends with people who have different interests. Not only does having a regular night create a sense of camaraderie among teams, you'll also find yourself cultivating friendships with people you normally would ignore. For the first time in my life, I actually found myself courting World of Warcraft players, comic book geeks, and "normal dudes" who were into "sports."
But the real secret to success in Baltimore Team Trivia is this: bring a bartender. Bartenders in Baltimore know everything. They've talked to everyone, they remember everything. Ports in Somalia? The names of all 7 tendons in the knee? Celebrity gossip? Seating capacity of every NFL stadium? Oh yeah, they got it, AND they will get you a sweet hookup at the bar.
And for any drinking challenge, you need an Ivy Leaguer. That's not an opinion. That's just facts, bro.