Fish and chips, football hooliganism, the Isle of Gibraltar – there are few things as quintessentially British as the traditional pub quiz. Though there is little logic behind pitting your wits against peers while steadily getting drunker, the pub quiz is still a must-have for any self-respecting pub or bar. Especially in Manchester. In an era when smartphones can give you pretty much any information you require, it’s impressive to see so many people attending quizzes every week. Here we’ve rounded up some of the best brain-scratching evenings across Greater Manchester. Pop along – you might learn something. Or even earn something. At the very least, you’ll have a lovely time – and might even get some free chips.

DJ Ken’s Quiz Night @ The Horse & Jockey, 9 The Green, Chorlton, M21 9HS, Tel: 0161 860 7794 (every Sunday, 8pm)
Quizzical Attraction @ Joshua Brooks, 106 Princess Street, City centre, M1 6NG, Tel: 0161 273 7336 (Sun 17 Feb then seasonal, 8pm)

Monday Night Quiz @ Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, City centre, M1 5NH, Tel: 0161 200 1500 (every Monday, 8.30pm)
The Dulcimer Inn-quizition @ Dulcimer, 567 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 0AE, Tel: 0161 860 0044 (every Monday, 8.30pm)
Pub quiz @ The Angel, 6 Angel Street, City centre, M4 4BQ, Tel: 0161 833 4786 (every Monday, 8pm)
Thirst for Knowledge @ Wahlbar, 310 Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, M14 6XQ, Tel: 0161 637 3736 (every Monday, 8.30pm)
The Really Interesting Quiz @ The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, University, M1 7HE, Tel: 0161 276 9350 (every Monday, 8pm)
The Bar Quiz @ The Bar, 533 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 0UE, Tel: 0161 861 7576 (every Monday, 9pm)

Elliot Eastwick’s World Famous Pub Quiz @ Elektrik, 559 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 0AE, Tel: 0161 881 3315 (every Tuesday, 8pm)
Quiz night @ Trof Northern Quarter, 8 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1EU, Tel: 0161 833 3197 (every Tuesday, 8pm)
Noel’s Horse Party @ The Bay Horse, 35-37 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1NA, Tel: 0161 661 1041 (first Tuesday of every month, 7.30pm)
Quiz and chips @ Fuel, 448 Wilmslow Road, Withington, M20 3BW, Tel: 0161 448 9702 ‎ (every Tuesday, 9pm)
Sue & Angela’s Quiz @ The Hillary Step, 199 Upper Chorlton Road, Whalley Range, M16 0BH, Tel: 0161 881 1978 (first Tuesday of the month, 8pm)
Let’s Get Quizical! @ The Woodstock Arms, 139 Barlow Moor Road, West Didsbury, M20 2DY, Tel: 0161 448 7951 (every Tuesday, 8pm)
Film Quiz in Association with Fopp @ Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, City centre, M1 5NH, Tel: 0161 200 1500 (first Tuesday of the month, 8pm, adv booking required, £14 per team)

Quiz @ Fab Café, 109 Portland Street, City centre, M1 6DN, Tel: 0871 951 1000 (every Wednesday from, 9pm)
Quizimodo @ Odd Bar, 30-32 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1ER, Tel: 0161 833 0070 (every Wednesday, 8pm)
Common Knowledge @ Common, 39 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1HW, Tel: 0161 832 9245 (first and third Wednesdays of the month, 8pm)
Quiz night hosted by Big Al @ TV21, 10 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1DH, Tel: 0161 819 2221 (every Wednesday, 8pm)
Also Quizimodo @ Oddest, 414-416 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 0SD, Tel: 0161 860 7515 (every Wednesday, 8pm)

Big Fat Stupid Quiz @ Lass O’ Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, City centre, M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 6932 (every Thursday, 8pm)

Fridays & Saturdays
No good quizzes these nights – do something else!

Photo: Monthly Film Quiz at Cornerhouse

Disclaimer: All information correct at time of publication – please check with pubs/bars before making plans

John Stansfield
Published on:
Thu 31 Jan 2013