TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – At the Bungalow Restaurant and Bar in Tampa, Tuesday trivia night is all the rage. In fact, trivia and other games are very popular both in the Tampa Bay area and on TV.
“We’ve had all of outside full and part this area full,” Bungalow manager Tony Wilt told News Channel 8 Tuesday. “It was probably about 75-80 people.”
The Bungalow is just one of a handful of bars around the Bay area that have special nights dedicated to trivia. Generally, a host passes out answer cards and calls out questions. Teams guess the answers and write them down on the cards. The host then returns to call out the answers.
Winners usually walk away with free food and cash. First prize at the Bungalow earns the winning team a $50.00 gift card to the bar. Jack Semer remembers playing trivia in the U.K. He now lives in Tampa and has even won the games at the Bungalow. But he said it’s getting too easy.
“The questions weren’t good enough anymore,” he said. “I beat this little game.”
Players say there’s a strategy to winning at trivia. “You need to have a well-rounded team, someone who knows sports, someone who knows history,” player Kara Betourne said.
Perhaps the most important detail, some say, is having a solid team name. “Sometimes I’m ‘Deep Thoughts,’” one avid player said. “Other days I’m ‘Jack Handy.’”
Simple games like trivia have worked wonders for big shows like “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Hollywood Game Night.” So why is trivia still so popular with so many smartphones, computers and other high-tech gadgets occupying our time?
“It’s the camaraderie,” said Brad Hall of Trivia Nation, the local company that puts on these trivia nights. “You get to hang out with your friends. You get to meet new people.”
Todd Davis of Tampa said it’s a great excuse to come out with friends and a great place to meet smart women. He should know. “I actually met my wife at trivia,” Davis said.