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Here's how to forget Zoom and imbibe live with the Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz at Newbury

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The Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz - coming to Newbury on October 9 - is an interactive imbibing experience that sees every audience member getting five free drinks while competing for amazing prizes in a cabaret-style quiz hosted by Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland, award-winning drinks experts, comedians, hooch historians and alco-demics.

In stark contrast to those tedious Zoom quizzes everyone got bored with back in April 2019, say the guys, this very funny, fact-filled show at Arlington Arts "pulls down the pants of the pandemic and breathes life back into the iconic elbow-bending institution that is the proper pub quiz".

“The last 18 months have been very difficult for everyone and has raised a lot of profound questions about us as a society,” said Ben. “Rest assured, none of those questions will be in our Pub Quiz. Instead, expect to discover how drink has influenced every aspect of humanity – from geography and language to history, religion, the animal kingdom and, most crucially, our ability to name five London Underground stations named after pubs.”

Picture: Steve Ullathorne
Picture: Steve Ullathorne

“Some people reckon that drink can decrease the number of brain cells but our Pub Quiz is sure to perk up your prefrontal cortex and increase them…probably,” said Tom. “While everyone enjoys a quality collection of complimentary drinks, we’ll be taking everyone on an entertaining and intoxicating journey through history – while putting them through an extremely thorough quizzical.”

Theatregoers go head-to-head with a quiz sheet and pencil in one hand – and a selection of first-class, flavoursome fermentables in the other. These include a superb small-batch, sustainable UK gin; a proper pilsner-style London lager; a sensational Venezuelan sipping rum and a wonderful Japanese whisky.

"There’ll be no mobile phones. No googling. No going to the toilet to phone a friend (you are allowed go to the toilet for a wee…) and no quibbling over half points. But there will be five delicious, dapper drinks. Did we mention the free drinks? Oh, and don’t forget the prizes. They’re good too."

Picture: Steve Ullathorne
Picture: Steve Ullathorne

** The five free drinks given to ticket holders will be provided in Covid compliant packaging.

Picture: Steve Ullathorne
Picture: Steve Ullathorne

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