Updated 9/4/20: we've updated this page will the best of the latest virtual pub quizzes.
Whether your preferred digital home is Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or Twitch, we've rounded up the best live online quizzes for those who want to show off their obscure knowledge to friends who are either quarantined in the same room, or just a Zoom or Houseparty call away.
Even better, we've picked out quizzes that, together, cover every single day of the week. So whether you fancy a nightly quiz or are just struggling to agree on a date that suits everyone in Les Quizerables, we've got the best virtual pub quiz for you.
Just like the real thing, each one has its own approach to the format – some are online versions of professional quiz outfits that ask you to submit answers, while others are simply one-person Facebook Live communities that are designed for relaxed family viewing.
All are free to enter, though many ask for a small charity donation, which means you can get a bonus warm glow in addition to the one created by your accompanying quiz tipple. Ready to get going? First question...
The TechRadar Tech Pub Quiz
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- When? From Thursday April 9 at 7.30pm GMT
- Where? Facebook and YouTube
Fancy a tech-themed pub quiz? We couldn't help but first give a mention to TechRadar's very own virtual pub quiz, which will be debuting on Facebook and YouTube on April 9.
The four-round quiz, which you'll be able to play along with whenever you like once it's launched on TechRadar's Facebook and YouTube channels, will see some of our team's finest minds pelted with questions on everything from gadget history to the latest Netflix shows.
Can you beat them? Head to the links below, grab a pen-and-paper and find out (the answer is almost certainly 'yes').
Lockdown Quiz (The Alexandra pub)
- When? Mondays at 8pm GMT
- Where? Facebook Live, Instagram Live and Twitter
For a genuine pub quiz feel it's hard to beat this virtual one from The Alexandra pub in London's Wimbledon. Hosted by the pub's regular quizmaster Mick Dore from inside the pub itself (at least for now), it's broadcast across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so you can take part whichever platform you prefer.
There are no prizes and it's a self-marking quiz, but you still get a picture round as well as Mick's infamous pub singer round, where you have to guess the song he's singing. Plus a nice bit of community spirit in the comments.
- When? Every night at 7pm BST
- Where? Twitch
This Edinburgh-based quiz company was already offering private virtual quizzes on Zoom before we were all incarcerated by the coronavirus – so now it’s extended that by streaming free ones every night on Twitch.
The 40-question quizzes go live every night at 7pm BST and you simply submit your answers on its Google Form at some point before 5pm the following day. The answers are read out on the following night’s livestream, and to help recreate the pub quiz spirit you can also engage in banter using the Twitch chat function.
Spectacular Quarantine Quizzes
- When? Every day (except Tuesdays and Thursdays)
- Where? Private webpage
If you fancy yourself as a global mastermind on a particular TV or film series, then the Spectacular Quarantine Quizzes could be for you. Running most nights of the week, their online quizzes are very much based on pop culture – recent themes include Star Wars, Disney, Marvel, Harry Potter and Friends. There's also a family-friendly, Easter-themed interactive quiz planned for 12 April at 4pm BST.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be emailed a link to the live quiz, where you’ll be able to chat to the quizmaster and share team names. There’s a suggested donation of £5 (around $6 or AU$10) and this goes to the charity Child.org. The quizzes run twice a day on the weekend, so you’ll be sure to find a time that works you and your fellow lockdown companions.
Art Pub Quiz
- When? Thursday 9 April 8.30pm BST
- Where? Zoom
As this free quiz is a one-off we can't yet vouch for its quality, but if you're itching to show off your art knowledge, it's one of the most promising virtual pub quizzes so far.
Hosted by the Artrepublic gallery the UK's Brighton, it promises to cover everything from Pop Art to Street Art, and has prizes that include £50 in gift vouchers and a bottle of champagne. It starts just after the UK's weekly 'Clap for Carers' tribute for the NHS and will take place over a private Zoom link.
Camden Town Brewery
- When? Every Thursday / Sunday
- Where? Instagram Live
Another brewery that’s opening a virtual bar for its fans, Camden Town Brewery is holding an Instagram-based pub quiz on Thursday 9 April that’ll be hosted by comedian Josh Weller.
There’s no steer on what kind of questions to expect, just a chance to “flaunt your general knowledge” to be in with a chance of winning beer, although Weller’s musical background (he’s played with Mumford & Sons, The Maccabees and more) could lead it down that path.
The quiz will take place on Instagram Live, where Josh Weller also hosts a regular Sunday Night Music Quiz, if you want to try and repeat your success in the Camden Town quiz (or erase your memory of it).
The Virtual Pub Quiz
- When? Every Thursday at 7.50pm BST
- Where? YouTube
The first virtual pub quiz to go truly viral when the UK’s lockdown started, this one-man show attracted over 300,000 viewers when it went live on 26 March. This somewhat shattered pub quizmaster and car salesman Jay Flynn’s expectations of a few dozen viewers, so he’s promising new installments every Thursday night.
The Virtual Pub Quiz is a classic general knowledge test, with the answers revealed the following day on its Facebook page. But to satisfy those calling for more specialist rounds, he’ll also be posting pre-recorded quizzes on the YouTube channel every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Indy-House Pub Quiz Live
- When? 10 April, 7.45pm BST
- Where? Zoom
This paid-for quiz (entry costs $6/£5/AU$10) will be hosted by former Stranglers frontman Paul Roberts and will be a general knowledge affair that promises "good vibes and some healthy competition".
Organised by London events company The Indytute, it'll take place over Zoom and will have prizes from Charles Merser Rum and The Indytute itself. The rules are one ticket per household, but you can apparently join up with one other household by using Zoom's private chat function to discuss your answers.
- When? Every Friday
- Where? BrewDog's online bar
It’s early days for BrewDog’s online bar, with only a couple of sessions under its belt so far. But those attracted over 1,000 people and every Friday it’ll open for virtual pub quizzes, along with live beer tastings with BrewDog’s co-founders, homebrewing tips and live comedy.
You need to register to take part, so keep an eye on BrewDog’s Twitter and Instagram accounts for details of when that opens. We can’t vouch for the quality of the quiz yet and it may well be mostly beer-themed, but if you’re partial to a bit of Clockwork Tangerine or Jack Hammer you should feel right at home.
- When? Every Friday at 7.30pm BST
- Where? Facebook / YouTube
If you’re looking for a simple live quiz that you can do with family or flatmates, then the midlands-based Eventures has popular weekly installments that run on Facebook Live.
There are no overall winners or prizes, so you’ll be marking your own answer sheets, but what you do get is the warm glow of raising a considerable sum for the UK’s NHS. With a suggested £2 donation to a JustGiving page, Eventures raised almost £100,000 with its Friends quiz. Next up, there’s Disney, Gavin & Stacey and Harry Potter.
Speedquizzing Live – Soccer Sundays
- When? Every Sunday at 8pm GMT
- Where? Zoom
Speedquizzing is a new type of pub quiz that lets you enter your answers on an app rather than a pen-and-paper and rewards speed (as its name suggests). It normally takes place in pubs and bars, but it's recently released a version that works remotely with live hosts, albeit only in Android devices for now.
There are a few themes (for example, Music Mondays), but we're looking forward to the Soccer Sundays installment that will be hosted by veteran quizmaster Stoo Pittaway on a weekly basis. To find out how it works check out the Speedquizzing Live page or to sign up with a donation head to the link below.
- When? Every Sunday at 7.55pm BST
- Where? Facebook
Another relaxed pub quiz designed for those who just want to play with friends over group chats in FaceTime, Zoom or Houseparty, the Inquizisition will run every Sunday night until 14 June.
This free, 90-minute quiz naturally doesn’t have any prizes, but the background music is a playlist of songs from independent artists, so you might discover your next favorite band while showing off your photographic memory for company logos.
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