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Pub Trivia

What you're doing: Missoula has fallen head over drunken heels with pub trivia over the past few years. Scores of teams descend on local bars weekly to test the limits of their useless knowledge. What was the first combat submarine to sink an enemy warship? How many teeth does the average human have? How does George Costanza's fiancée die on Seinfeld? Pub trivia is like the SAT, only with more pop culture questions and more booze. Throw in a music roundusually a mishmash of semi-obscure '80s tunesand you can see why there's a quiz nearly every night of the week.

What you're drinking: Tuesday night trivia at Sean Kelly's is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, meaning Fat Tire pitchers are on special for $7. Flathead Brewing's five-round quiz every Wednesday features a blind beer testin other words, every team gets a free sample and guesses which of Flathead's brews it is. And Thursday, March 1, Missoula's Trivial Beersuit is celebrating its one-year anniversary at the Lucky Strike Casino: Beers are $2, Crown and Fireball are $3, there's a $100 grand prize and the first 50 people through the door get a free Jello shot.

Who you're playing with: Ideally, a carefully drafted band of friends with liberal arts degrees and unhealthy obsessions with canceled Fox sitcoms. A well-rounded team should include the music nerd, the wannabe sportscaster, the geography geek and the movie nut. Picture rounds can be tricky; if someone can tell the difference between Zoe Deschanel and Katy Perry, it may mean the difference between a free growler of beer and an empty wallet. Be warned, there's an art to team-name selection. Inappropriate wordplays and cracks about celebrities are strongly encouraged.

How to find it: Tuesday nights, you've got a choice between the Lucky Strike Casino and Sean Kelly's. Wednesday night you'll find quizzes at Flathead Brewing and the Press Box. Thursday look to Brooks and Browns, the Central or the Lucky Strike for your trivia fix.

Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, e-mail editor@missoulanews.com.

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