Alki Beach Pub
Lee’s Brickhouse Pub
Beaumont Cellars Winery
Castillo de Feliciana Winery
The Collective On Tap
Daman’s Bar and Grill
Des Voigne Cellars and Brewing
The Lucky 7
The Pickled Onion Pub
The Pizza Coop and Alehouse
Redmond’s Bar & Grill
Sahara Pizza – Monroe
Sideline Sports Bar
Thrashers Corner Pub
Tony’s Sports Bar
Beat the Geek Trivia is a live, interactive pub trivia game. You can play by yourself or as a team of up to eight players. Each game has four to five rounds of ten categorized trivia questions. Every game has two or three rounds of standard trivia questions, a picture round, and a music round. I read the question aloud, you write down the answer on your answer book. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins.
Occasionally, two or more teams will tie. Ties are settled with a single question. The answer to the question will always be a number. Whichever team comes closest to the correct answer without going over wins the tie breaker. If both (or all) teams go over, then whichever teams comes closest to the correct answer wins.
2. “Don’t yell out the answers!”
I already know the answers, I don't need to hear them from you. Confer quietly with your teammates and write the answer down in your answer book. Remember, other teams are sitting close by so keep your discussions between yourself and your teammates.
3. “I am the judge, jury, and executioner…”
I have the final say whether an answer is correct or incorrect. If an answer is questionable or “almost right”, please let me make the call. If you have a dispute about a decision please discuss it with me at the appropriate time (like during a break or at the end of the game).
and just so you know…
Q. What is your name?
Q. How did you get into hosting a pub trivia game?
A. I was unemployed, depressed, lonely, and going out of my mind with boredom. A friend and I wandered into a bar in Redmond about a week after they opened. The owner/manager told me they wanted live entertainment every night and they were looking for a trivia host. I’d never hosted before, but I played once or twice, and I just happen to know everything. The owner to give me a shot and a couple of weeks later I hosted my first Beat the Geek Trivia show. Word spread about how fun Beat the Geek Trivia shows were, and soon other bars were asking me to host shows for them. My little business started to take root...
Q. Where do you get your questions?
A. I write my own questions. I stare at a wall for hours until inspiration strikes. I drink a Marktini, do some research on the interwebz, and then carefully script out the questions.
Q. Can I suggest a category for your trivia game?
A. Sure, if it’s a good category and I can write 10 good questions for it. If you have an idea, let me know.
Q. Do you host for private parties and events?
A. Yup! Beat the Geek Trivia does several private parties and custom events all year long. Contact me and we can talk about your event.
Q. What’s up with the AC/DC - Thunderstruck?
A. It’s a great song! That wicked riff and thundering drums always fires me up! I've tried a few times to mix things up and use a different opening song, but you guys didn't like it.
Q. The songs you pick for the music round are... (pick one)
A. I have regular players with ages ranging from 20 to 70. I try to cater to several time periods and genres in popular music. Considering the vast amount of music there has been in the last 50 years, if you only know half of the songs I play you should feel good about yourself. If your team is struggling with the music round, my suggestion is to add a couple of team members who know more music. Or, just feel good about the fact that you are being exposed to something new and different.
Q. What are you drinking?
A. Usually too much. I like Rum & Coke, Jack & Ginger, or a Marktini.
Q. What is a Marktini?
A. This is a Marktini. The more Marktini's you drink, the better they are!
Q. Are you looking for new places to do Beat the Geek Trivia?
A. Sure, contact me.
Q. Are you looking for more trivia hosts?
A. I've always got my eyes open for enthusiastic, interesting, and engaging people. Ask me for an audition. If you're good, we'l move forward. If you suck, I'll let you know.
Owner, Host, Jedi Master
I started Beat the Geek Trivia in 2009 when I was recently divorced, unemployed, and bored out of my mind. I had always had a head full of trivial knowledge, but just knowing things like Albert Einstein’s middle name wasn’t getting me very far. I decided to put that useless knowledge to use. Since then, Beat the Geek Trivia has grown beyond my expectations and is now a full time job for me.
Before Beat the Geek, I worked in IT, sales and business development, and mortgage lending. I shaved my head in 2001 and never looked back. I don’t have any kids or pets, but I’ve kept a houseplant alive for over 10 years (I think I might be ready for a goldfish now). I was born in New York, but I’m a Chargers fan. In my spare time, I write hate mail to Justin Bieber and negative reviews of the movie Armageddon. My favorite drinks are rum & coke, Jack & ginger, and the legendary Marktini.
Host, Manager, protocol droid fluent in over 6 million forms of communication
I gave the worst performance of my life as an 18-year-old at summer camp while emceeing a talent show. After that night I may have never picked up a microphone again except that later that year my college dorm wanted me to host the school-wide lip-syncing contest. Not bad, but not all that good either. These days I’m pretty comfortable behind the microphone whether it’s as the public address announcer for high school basketball games, the master of ceremonies for more wedding receptions than I recall, or hosting trivia for years now.
Highlights in my life up to this point are riding the bike from the ET movie at Universal Studios, winning the grand prize in a radio station giveaway for a Felix Hernandez signed baseball and discovering I don’t like Waldorf salad. My geek credentials include that I’ve willingly been to a Star Trek convention, I read tech blogs every day, and that my mother-in-law says that I’m “good with the computers”. Next time you’re at trivia, fill me in on some of your geek cred.
Host, Mayor of Mos Eisley
Hey, I’m Melissa!
Most of my friends call me “Missy.” I have been playing Beat the Geek Trivia since 2014.
I was born and raised in Seattle, and I believe Sasquatch is real, but I’m not the typical Stars Wars, Star Trek or Lord of the Rings geek. Instead, I’ve know all there is to know about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Friends.
I have a great love for Slurpees, pancakes, and macaroni & cheese. I used to want to become a professional macaroni and cheese taster. However, when I discovered that job doesn’t pay, I became a Beat the Geek Trivia host instead.
If you ever want to get on my good side, buy me a Dirty Shirley or a shot of Jameson.
I’m excited for you to come and check out my trivia show!
Host, Marksman Stormtrooper
Hi there, I’m David – but most people call me Zazzo.
My best friend and I stumbled across Beat the Geek Trivia in 2016 at one of our guys’ nights and have loved it ever since. After playing for several months, I thought to myself, “it would be really fun to be a trivia host.” I talked to Mark, gave it a shot and auditioned, and here we are!
By day, I work at a “local software company” doing cloud-y things. By night, though, I indulge my strong passion for technical arts and production – lighting design, audio engineering, video engineering, etc. I enjoy building systems for auditoriums, mixing live sound, and generally making things look and sound good. When I’m not geeking out on that stuff, you can find me at Sounders FC home games cheering on the boys in Rave Green.
My weaknesses are a good vanilla latte, Captain and Coke, or just a good solid beer (but not too hoppy – no bitter beer face for me).
I’m excited to be your Beat the Geek Trivia host!
Amie Weaver Host, Mynock
Howdy, I’m Amie.
Since 2013 I’ve spent many a night on the mic singing karaoke and, in turn, getting comfortable with hearing my voice blaring throughout the room, even if it’s off key or slurred. In December of 2016, I decided it would be fun to get a side job hosting trivia and now here I am!
My trivia favorite round has always been the music round. I love country music (don’t worry – Mark doesn’t let me play much of this), top 40, classic rock, and oldies. I can’t imagine a day in the life of Amie without music. In fact, I’m actually a professional singer in the shower and car (no, I don’t do private gigs – sorry folks).
During the day, I work at a middle school. I have a huge heart and have always had a passion for working with children and families. That being said, don’t bother wasting your time arguing with me, because I can give you the scowl and put you in your place. I also have two older twin brothers, so I am not at all afraid of standing up for myself or talking smack right back at ya.
I am fluent in sarcasm and love being social. My drink of choice is a tall vodka press or a refreshing light “girly” beer. I look forward to meeting all my lovely trivia teams and seeing just how smart you are.
Host, Kylo Ren’s Nanny
Hi, I’m Eryn
I’ve been playing Beat the Geek Trivia with Mark for several years now (three shows a week at one point), and I finally suckered him into giving me a microphone.
My day job is at an office working with some pretty bad-ass kids with special needs. When I’m not at work, I like to crochet, play bar trivia (#beatthegeektriviaplug), and sing karaoke.
I am so excited to add ‘Trivia Host’ to my resume, and I hope to see you at one of my shows!
Host, Death Star Garbage Chute Maintenance Technician
I was born and raised in the PNW and have been all over the world since for a myriad of reasons. I’ve always had a problem forgetting things I really need to remember (like my wife’s name) and remembering things that bear absolutely no relevance to any real-life situation (Emperor Caligula’s name translates to “little booty”). I always chalk it up to multiple TBIs but that never really fixes anything. In 2012, I started playing Beat the Geek Trivia, and I suddenly found a use for all of my useless knowledge.
I enjoy the outdoors, board games, retro video games, tasty (and not tasty) beer, marksmanship, and geeking out about whatever tv or movie franchise I’m currently indulging in. I’m a huge Huskies and Mariners fan. I also enjoy sharing what little knowledge of consequence I possess with others and learning new things (which I’ll probably quickly forget). I’m fascinated with social themes and history and how we manage to keep messing it up. The tiny bright side of such a crazy story is that we get lots of cool trivia knowledge, which I get to read at local watering holes, and you can get rewarded for knowing.
See you there!
Host, Pelgrin Oracle
Hey there! I’m Steffanie, but you can call me “Steff” since we’re tight like that now! I am from Florida (a.k.a, a galaxy far, far away) and lovin’ the great Northwest! I have always enjoyed playing trivia and am a former activities coordinator at a resort where I got to host it as well! My geek credibility is mainly rooted in music, but I have a knack for retaining lots of random facts.
Stevie Nicks is my spirit animal!
My hobbies include yoga, fitness, hiking, learning about wine, going to concerts, talking philosophy with my Shiba Inu, talking astrology with anyone who will listen, failing at YouTube makeup tutorials and wrestling gators (I am from Florida after all).
You can usually find me working out in the gym, running around in the woods like a mischievous faerie, or kickin’ back with a delicious glass of wine!
I look forward to chillin’ with my fellow Geeks and having fun at every one of my shows! (brownie points if you buy me a glass of wine!)
Host, First Assistant Dishwasher in the Death Star food court.
I was born and raised on the Eastside in the Hollywood Hills area, which is has now become the Napa Valley of Washington. While I may not revel in sci-fi lore, my inner geek comes out when talking about anything Broadway or theatre related.
During the day, I am a drama teacher. It’s perfect for me because I used to travel the country performing children’s theatre across the country.
My hobbies include playing 3-chord songs poorly, reading into everyone’s horoscopes with way too much intensity, and binge-watching Rick and Morty.
My favorite drinks are jack and sour and a good Arnold Palmer. Hope to see you at a show soon!
Beat the Geek Trivia is always looking for energetic and funny trivia hosts. If you think you sound good on a microphone, you like talking in front of a crowd, and you’re not a moron, you should audition.
email Mark if you’re interested.