Creating a Great Quiz Night
10th November 2015
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Quiz nights, particularly the traditional pub quiz are still hugely popular.  Pubs across the UK still hold tremendously successful quiz nights, which often fill the venues leaving standing room only.  What makes these nights so successful?

Essentially, it’s the competitive spirit and the feeling of being part of a team that works so well.  Of course, the quiz questions are important too.  Competitors like the challenge and all quiz teams comprise of members who are specialists on different rounds too.


How do you create a great quiz night?

The Questions – Variety is the key to the success of your quiz.  Therefore you are looking to generate questions for different rounds and these don’t just have to be the standard subject matters, such as history, geography, sport, art and culture, music, the English language and general knowledge.  To cater for all abilities and intellects it’s also great to adopt picture quizzes as a side game, maybe also incorporate anagrams and other word puzzles. 

Also, verbal rounds such as connection questions work well, where the answers to a number of questions lead to a connection, if you had four of these the fifth question could be ‘What is the connection between the previous four answers?).  You can also include rounds where the first letter of each of the answers spell out a word, or if you rearrange the first letters from the previous answers, they’ll spell out a word, you can even help here by suggesting the subject matter.

Side Games – We’ve already covered additional aspects to your quiz, such as picture rounds or anagrams, but there’s also the potential to introduce fun side games in addition to verbal and paper questions.  Some of these depend on your venue.  Within a Village Hall or open plan public house where you are able to see everyone who is taking part, a game of ‘Heads & Tales’ works well.  This is simple to explain. 

1 Take a 2pm coin and stand in front of all your players / teams

2 Ask they all to stand up

3 Show them the actions to guess if the coin will land on its head or tale. For head, they put their hand on their head, for tale they put their hand on their bottom.

4 Toss the coin and ask your players each to make the action of head or tail, dependent on which they think it will be.

5 If the coin has landed on (say) heads, ask all those with their hands on their heads to sit down.

6 Continue to run through 4 and 5 until you’re left with one player, which will inevitably happen – then award them with a prize.

Heads and Tales and other side games are great ways to re-energise your teams for the quiz and are fun for those who may not enjoy the challenge of answering the questions.  Bingo is also a great game to introduce, maybe just one quick round.  These break up the time a little and are a bit of fun.  More costly, but great fun is to purchase large playing cards and introduce a quick round of ‘Play Your Cards Right’.  Ideas for these games end at your imagination and if you’re hosting a regular quiz, you have the chance to try any of them.


If you enjoy the prospect of attending a quiz rather than organising one for yourself, did you know that there’s a fun pub quiz at The Holly Bush Inn every Wednesday from 9.30pm? It’s a great venue and you are guaranteed a great night.

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