The truth about trivia nights is that the big prizes are for tournaments and special occasions, but the little prizes and the crazy competitions are just as fun. If you’re still looking for more than a pat on the back for knowing your trivia, check out the coolest bars for trivia night prizes in Denver.

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Three Lions Pub
2239 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 997-6886

Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat and Sun – 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

If it’s Geeks Who Drink trivia night and you’re not at Three Lions Pub, you’re missing out on delicious, hearty food, great beer and a phenomenal time. Win prizes using your encyclopedic knowledge of obscure factoids at this great London pub, and meet John Dicker, the man behind the trivia-night marvel. Go all out with a group of like-minded trivia nerds out for a fun night out Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at Three Lions.

The Whiskey Bar
2203 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 297-0303

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Fri and Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Whiskey Bar offers gift cards to the top three trivia teams for $5, $10 and $20 respectively during trivia night every Saturday at 7 p.m. It’s one of the more exciting trivia bars in town so gather your best team and head over. The atmosphere is always festive and this is one of the few bars at which locals welcome newbies.

Tavern Uptown
538 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 830-9210

Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat and Sun – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., the Tavern Uptown allows teams of up to eight people to battle their intelligence against each other for bar tabs and other prizes. Competing for bar tabs can be quite lucrative considering a team of eight can easily run up a massive tab. As a social hangout and an outstanding bar, Tavern Uptown’s prizes send it over the top as one of the best bars in the city.

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Roo Bar
3480 Park Ave. West
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 455-8700

Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m

The Roo Bar is a charismatic, friendly establishment slightly off the beaten path (from LoDo), yet extremely easy to walk to after a Rockies game. Trivia nights are every Wednesday with prizes including beer, bar tabs and great swag. Gather your nerdiest friends, and come out to compete for any one of these great prizes.

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The College Inn
4400 East 8th Avenue
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 329-9532

Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The College Inn prides itself on being a sports bar loyal to all Colorado teams and the University of Kentucky. Trivia night is Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prizes are house cash: each round can earn up to $10 of house cash with the final round’s bonus of $20 house cash. The College Inn is a cozy, friendly bar with a fantastic location. Come out and try your intelligence.

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