Trivia, board games and more in the city

Melburnians may be traditionally obsessed with the ‘Big Game’, but the city also has a lot to offer for the more cerebrally competitive. If battles of wits are your idea of a fun time, test your skills at these brain-bending bars and cultivated cafeterias.

Mitre Tavern

The oldest building in Melbourne also has the longest continually running trivia night. Now in its 14th year, trivia runs on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the Mitre Tavern, with free entry and a broad general knowledge focus so everyone can join in.

Hidden beneath Games Laboratory, the Alchemist's Refuge is heaven for the city's game geeks

Hidden beneath Games Laboratory, the Alchemist’s Refuge is heaven for the city’s game geeks

The Alchemist’s Refuge

Located downstairs from Games Laboratory, this comfortable bar and gaming space is a haven for the serious game geeks. Their Geek Trivia-themed Thursday nights are great for those with specialised knowledge of mega-nerdy topics.

Town Hall Hotel

Townie Trivia happens every Tuesday from 8pm at this legendary North Melbourne rock n’ roll pub. Featuring the hilarious MC Lamar, this general knowledge quiz follows in the tradition of the Townie’s infamous Sumo nights and is guaranteed a cracking good time.

Little Red Pocket

Running every Wednesday from 7pm at Little Red Pocket, this free trivia night features a $100 first prize plus bar specials including $1 fried chicken, $5 tap beers, $7 Basic spirits and $10 tapas.

Marche is Melbourne's first board game cafe

Marche is Melbourne’s first board game cafe

Marche Board Game Cafe

Melbourne’s first board game cafe, Marche, is one block away from Melbourne Central and boasts a gargantuan library of games to choose from, plus free Wifi, tasty snacks and private karaoke rooms.

Common Man

The traditional trivia experience is given a fresh audiovisual update at Common Man in South Wharf. Funky Bunch Trivia kicks off at 6pm every Tuesday and first prize is a very decent $100 bar tab.

Get back to the gaming of old at Bartronica

Get back to the gaming of old at Bartronica


This computer game arcade-slash-basement bar on Flinders Lane features a fun 1980s themed cocktail list, craft beers and a killer collection of rare free-play and coin operated games. Bartronica also runs retro themed trivia nights on Tuesdays.