Why Your Bar Needs to Host a Trivia Night

Think about the very reason that you got into the bar business in the first place.

Your general idea and goal was probably to make a bar experience that was unique and attractive to guests in your area. You wanted your business to have a chance to succeed, a chance to grow. When you are a bar owner you are always looking for ways to make your establishment set itself apart from the rest in the area. One of the ways to do this is via what is known as a trivia night.

You may have heard about these trivia nights in the past.  We are not talking about your bartender reading off of a piece of paper and just throwing out questions to people though. We are talking about a trivia night experience. A professionally hosted event or events that take place at your bar where your guests can take part, play for prizes, be entertained, and genuinely have a tremendous time. Companies like Trivia Nation in the Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa areas have been paving the way with these professionally-run trivia nights for years now and continue to make their mark on the bar scene. Let’s take a look at why your bar needs to host a trivia night.

Become a Destination, Not a Drinking Hole

You want your bar to be a destination, not just a drinking hole. This means a place where people come to be lively, be entertained and have a great night out. These types of drinking hole establishments are not going to have the growth you are looking for. Trivia nights are going to work to make your bar a true destination. They’ll make your bar a place where nights are planned around, not the place people go after their night ends.

Give Your Guests a Little Variety

There are a million bars across the state of Florida, and the rest of the country in general. You want your guests to have some variety in their lives when they walk into your bar. This means giving them an experience that is different and stands apart from the rest. Trivia nights are going to deliver on this variety in a few different ways. They’ll make your bar an event, they’ll make your bar different and they’ll make it that much more attractive to visit.

Attract Larger Groups of Individuals

The more people that you get into your bar the more chance you are going to have to grow your business. On top of that, the length of time they stay in your bar is also going to matter in a big way to your bottom line. You want to attract large groups of individuals over extended periods of time to try and increase sales and your brand appeal as being a destination bar in Jacksonville, FL. Trivia nights are going to get groups to visit your bar together and when you have an event like trivia night going, they are going to be that much less likely to leave.

Make Your Bar Unique

Every bar should be able to stand on its own two feet for some unique reason. This could be due to the decor of the bar, the televisions that the bar has, the events it holds, and so on. It can be hard to make a name for yourself in the bar scene of in large cities like Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa. When you have a leg up on the competition though with professionally run events such as trivia night, you are going to be truly setting your bar apart from others in the area. Trivia night can make your bar stand out in a crowd and give people a reason to pick you over others in the area.

Trivia night is something that can really help you grow your bar and make it that much more successful. Professionally ran trivia night events in the Jacksonville, FL area, such as those organized and run by Trivia Nation, are going to help you as a bar owner attract groups of individuals to your establishment. They’ll have a reason to choose your bar and will stay there for extended periods of time to have a great night out and take part in some fun and entertaining trivia. Give your guests a reason to visit your bar over the competition with a trivia night.



We started trivia about a year ago with a host referred to us by a colleague. Although the host was pleasant, he was lacking the charisma necessary to keep the players entertained and engaged. The events seemed a bit unorganized, lacking structure and flow. We eventually realized we could not grow our business to its full potential. A few guests recommend we consider Trivia Nation. We had heard the name, but, weren’t too familiar with the brand. After somewhat effortless research (Trivia Nation seemed omnipresent), we decided to partner with them on our Monday Trivia night. It has been nine months now, and we have been nothing less than thrilled with Trivia Nation’s service. The camaraderie between our “regulars” is exciting to witness. The weekly teams seem to have a special chemistry with the others teams that longtime friends possess. Finally, our host, Eric, delivers the questions and “commentary” with the right blend of witty sarcasm that makes us all smile. Oh, and did I forget to mention our sales are up 30%-35%? We average 60-80 players weekly, mostly the 25-55 demographic. Monday is now definitely my favorite night to work. I highly recommend Trivia Nation to any other restaurant or bar owner desiring to grow his or her business by increasing weekly revenue on an “off” night, while creating an energetic fun, yet professional atmosphere.

Whiskey Jax | Jacksonville, FL | (904) 634-7208

Trivia Nation was hired by V Pizza/Sidecar in 2015 in San Marco, Jacksonville FL. We quickly helped them to make Thursdays at Sidecar the thing to do in San Marco, as we averaged 50-100 players each Thursday, depending on time of season. We increased liquor/beer sales and food sales.

Since then, V Pizza has grown to 7 locations in NE FL and locations in GA and NC. Trivia Nation serves all FL Vpizza locations. We work at Fleming Island, Gainesville, Jax Beach (two nights,) Mandarin, San Marco, Ponte Vedra/Palm Valley, and Fernandina Beach.

“We use Trivia Nation at all of our Florida locations. We put them in our San Marco location originally when we had one location, and now we use them in 7 locations. Steve is an outstanding owner and his positivity is only rivaled by his amazing customer service!! Trivia Nation helps to give us a mid-week boost of increased sales and fun/tips for our staff. We recommend them to other growing brands. Easy to work with and they really help bring in the type of guest that we are looking for! Great partnership!”

Matt Carson, Operating Partner | V Pizza | Jacksonville FL | (904) 553–2723

We at Serenata Beach Club have used Trivia Nation’s services for nearly 6 years and it has been a tremendous success! We used to run our own “trivia night” for our Membership. When we reached out to Trivia Nation we felt it was a much better fit to hire them based on their professional program and reasonable pricing. It was truly one of the best changes we have ever made. Our attendance at trivia on Tuesdays has gone from an average of 50 people to between 100-150 people a night. It is great to hear the Members bragging about winning or how much they enjoyed themselves and then bringing friends with them the following week to show them how much fun it is. Our sales are up and the Members love it. The Trivia Nation team has been great to work with. This really makes our jobs easier and our Tuesday business is one of the most consistent days of the week. We look forward to more years of fun with Trivia Nation.

Serenata Beach Club | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL | (904) 823-3368

We have used Trivia Nation for four years. We used to use a local company that didn’t seem to care about whether it was busy or not. We let them go and are very pleased with our service with Trivia Nation. We average 12-18 teams (40-75 players) depending on the time of the year. They DO CARE about our success and we love our trivia hostess. I highly recommend them!

Rogue Pub | Orlando, FL | (407) 985-3778

Our first customer in Tampa was Yard of Ale in S. Tampa back in 2010. We still work there today! Sunpubs also acquired the Caddy’s Brand and now we work in Caddy’s Bradenton, Caddy’s Gulfport, Macdinton’s S. Tampa, and Macdinton’s St. Pete. Fun, Growing Brand!

“Trivia Nation is absolutely wonderful! We always have a blast on Thursday nights with the awesome Trivia hostess! They are friendly and provide awesome customer service including social media, marketing, a detail-oriented management team and so much more! Thank you for being such a wonderful company to work with!"

Macdinton’s | S. Tampa | (813) 251-8999

We hired Trivia Nation 2 years ago and nearly immediately we saw tremendous positive results. On what was a slower Wednesday, we now have 40-60 guests come in specifically for this Trivia Nation promotion, helping us to see a much more profitable and fun night. And, we are busier on other nights. They have brought in the right type of guests that are fun and spend money!

Iron Oak Post | Melbourne, FL

Irish 31 opened in Hyde Park, Tampa in 2011. We worked there and had a lot of success building their Tuesday nights very soon after it opened. But, they let us go as they tried some other promotions on Tuesday night with limited success. (This happens a lot of times with venues when we work with them in their 1st year.) They reached back out to us in 2015 to work with them again. Now Irish 31 has 7 venues and Trivia Nation services all of them on Tuesday Nights. It has been a great partnership.

Irish 31 | Tampa Bay | (813) 250-0031

It took us about a year before we tried using Trivia Nation. We have been very pleased with our ROI on Tuesdays and we now use them two nights a week. They do what they promise and they care for their customers. They are NOT full of hot air. Our place is busy when they are here.

Harp and Celt | Downtown Orlando, FL | (407) 481-2928

We have used Trivia Nation’s service on Wednesday nights now for over 10 years. We were a bit skeptical because so many other service providers didn’t seem to be the right fit. Trivia Nation listens to the concerns of the client and works hard to ensure success. We would recommend them to other pubs that want to increase sales on a slower night.

Fiddler’s Green | Winter Park, FL | (407) 645-2050

I used Trivia Nation for an event for our younger members of the society, and they absolutely loved it! They were organized and kept things interesting. I definitely plan to use them for future events.

Duval County Medical Society | Jacksonville, FL | (904) 355-6561

I have enjoyed working with Trivia Nation and witnessing the exciting, competitive and lively atmosphere they help us to create on Monday nights! We look forward to continuing our partnership with Trivia Nation and would recommend them to anyone looking to add a fun evening of trivia to their establishment.

Clear Sky Draught Haus | Dunedin, FL | (727) 286-6266

We hired Trivia Nation six years ago after doing our research on the other clients that they were working with. We have been very pleased with the results! Our staff is happy and so are our guests! (And we have new guests…) Our Thursday Trivia Nation night is a really consistently strong night now, and we can attribute over $1000 in new sales due to us hiring Trivia Nation. Their management team IS concerned about our business. They are nice people to work with and they have definitely delivered what they promised.

Broken Barrel | Palm Bay, FL | (321) 728-4755