The Fresno Pub Quiz celebrated its fifth year anniversary on Wednesday at the Landmark restaurant and bar in the Tower District. Paul Schlesinger • The Collegian
A few drinks with friends, harmless banter and a slew of trivia questions is what a Wednesday night looks like at The Landmark during its Pub Quiz night. Located in the Tower District, The Landmark hosted Pub Quiz’s fifth-year anniversary on Wednesday.
Pub Quiz has become a weekly tradition for many Fresno residents including hosts Adam Wall and Ed Stewart. The idea of hosting Pub Quiz came after they both attended trivia games in other cities.
“I believe there wasn’t much more than a couple of weeks that passed between saying, ‘We should have a pub quiz in Fresno,’ and finding ourselves in front of a room of people,” Wall said.
Being regular patrons of The Landmark helped the two hosts find an accommodating place to host Pub Quiz. At the time, The Landmark was looking for something to draw people during the middle of the week and had the space to host the game.
“We hadn’t talked about it for very long before the manager at The Landmark approached us about hosting a game and that was it,” Wall said.
Pub Quiz is played with teams of up to six people, and the questions are answered in collaboration. To play, each player must add $5 to the jackpot, and four rounds of 10 questions are put to the teams. The answers are written down and turned in at the end of each round. After the hosts grade the answers, the team with the highest score receives a round of token drinks, courtesy of The Landmark.
A room full of over 50 people can go from loud and boisterous to incredibly quiet in an instant, Wall said.
“Over the course of a game, that tension can build and break numerous times,” he said.
The questions of the game range from music, history, geography, pop culture, language, politics and beyond.
“We write our own questions, inspired by whatever catches our attention through the week,” Wall said. “It seems quite straightforward, but creating an airtight question with only one correct answer is more difficult than it may first appear.”
The Internet, TV, movies and social media are heavily utilized to construct the questions. One question inspired by recent criticism of the alleged use of Photoshop on a celebrity’s ad was, “The size of what singer’s package is in question after Photoshop allegations have arisen around his Calvin Klein ads?” The answer? Justin Bieber.
Over the five years of playing Pub Quiz, the hosts and their participants have grown close.
“It often feels like a family gathering on Wednesday nights, and a lot of that has to do with the way our players have invested themselves in the game,” Wall said.
Every three to four months, the hosts hand the reins over to some volunteers and, in turn, the hosts play as a team.
“It’s a fun little switch that we believe deepens the appreciation of the game,” Wall said.
The next host game is taking place on Jan. 28.