Tam O'Shanter

2980 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90039
(323) 664-0228
  • PUB QUIZ—Tuesdays @ 7:00pm



Tue Jun 26 2018
| by Quizmaster Michael Miller

Ballads and paeans; statues and ticker-tape parades. Medals from Alderaanian princesses wouldn't even be enough to say thank you!

Your humble Quizmaster - no - I am so grateful to each and every one of the Tam trivia family for the manner in which we all rolled with the punches this night. Despite a sudden, violent change of humors for myself, the show did indeed go on! With the help and encouragement of friendly faces around the room, heroes from within your own ranks rose without request and gave it their best as they finished off the competition -- including a tie-breaker for second place no less! Aided by the same sanguine attitude of the crowd, I quickly rushed to an escape vehicle with a pink mustache and was safely delivered to my home to continue my unexpected exertions in private. After the salvaged match, in which Trashley Wards earned a double win, additional samaritans arrived at my home to quietly deposit the vehicle and supplies I'd left behind.

It was a fairly seamless operation, an absolute success from triage to triumph, and there were multiple fine individuals who went above and beyond the call of trivial duty to accomplish the mission...but now that we know we can do it, let's never do it again!


Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 10608 Trashley Wards 53 6 1.000
2* 10070 Aggressive Foreplay 52 4 0.750
2 10072 General Washingtons 52 4 0.750
4 10204 Flux Capacitors 48 3 0.500
5 10190 The Mules 33 2 0.333
6 Big Roach 23 1 0.167
7 Gepetto's Hoes 18 0 0.000
* Won Tiebreaker


Tue Jun 19 2018
| by Quizmaster Michael Miller

When strangers wander unknowingly into the brainy battleground that is a Tuesday night at Tam O'Shanter's bar, it is at first a mystery whether they will seek shelter from the sound and fury or cautiously inquire about the potential for a taste of the thrill of victory (or agony of defeat).

Of Keith wasted no time presenting themselves to the table of trivia after they'd figured out what was what; they sought a dynamic struggle between facts and teams and beer, and they sure were treated to just such things.

Hi Ho Silver rode neck and neck with Aggressive Foreplay for much of the game, until Foreplay's step faltered following a Hi Ho Silver drinking round victory. Though AG salvaged a bronze finish, the excitement at the end featured a resurgent team of Mules catching up to HHS in the final round, forcing a tie breaking final question. With their superior number crunching leading them to deliver a number that was closest to the US McDonald's franchise count, Hi Ho Silver secured themselves a rewarding double victory for the night.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1* 15003 Hi ho silver 58 5 0.917
1 10190 The Mules 58 5 0.917
3 10070 Aggressive Foreplay 56 4 0.667
4 10072 General Washingtons 39 3 0.500
5 14734 Ay Dae Ken 38 1 0.250
5 10204 Flux Capacitors 38 1 0.250
7 Of Keith 12 0 0.000
* Won Tiebreaker


Tue Jun 12 2018
| by Quizmaster David Gallic

The smell of potatoes and alcohol swirls in the air.

The sound of the crowd grows and grows until it's just slightly louder than a casual coffee house.

The music fades up: Stevie Wonder's "I Wish".

It must be King Trivia night at the Tam O'Shanter.

The crowd is ready, palms are sweaty, mom's spaghetti (is not available to order).

The teams are ready for competition, and it shows with their confidence in Round 1 - a deceptively easy Round tonight. 4 teams go double or nothing...but only two come out the other end alive. Okay, well, the were all alive, but only two teams came out the other end...with 12 points. The other two are left at the starting line for Round 2, while two other teams played it safe and kept the Double or Nothing box unchecked.

Team Passive Foreplay (formerly Aggressive Foreplay - but in this day and age, it's safer to be passive rather than aggressive) came out swinging with a successful Round 1 Double or Nothing. Then they went double on nothing on Round 2. Another success! (Round 2 side note: I will happily accept a Laura Palmer Wrapped in a Sheet Funko POP figure as a gift). Do they dare go double or nothing on Round 3? They do! And it's another success!

Owen Wilson provided plenty of high scores for Round 4. 2 teams figured out who that mysterious Texan was at the 10-point clue. 3 teams got it at 8 points. And one team fell into the sibling trap, thinking it was Luke (you know, the less famous one...but at least he's more famous than Andrew Wilson).

It was at Round 5 that things got real interesting. Passive Foreplay continued their first place lead, but failed to double or nothing, leaving them vulnerable to Hi Ho Silver and General Washingtons. Both Silver and Washingtons went Double or Nothing on Round 5 (successfully), earning 20 points and placing themselves in a tie for second.

The crowd groaned when they found out Round 6 would be about Super Bowls. But not to fear! It was about Super Bowl half-time shows! They groaned even louder.

At the end of Round 6, the top three teams were all within 10 points of each other. It all came down to Round 7 and figuring out which US airlines had the most passengers.

Not on the list? Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin America, and US Airways (now merged with American).

The game came to a thrilling conclusion with Passive Foreplay taking first, Hi Ho Silver in second, and General Washingtons in third. Flux Capacitors fought valiantly and took fourth place. However, two-person team Won't You Be My Neighbor (celebrating a birthday) had the best average of players to correct answers! That may not win a gift card, but can you put a price tag on pride? Well, yes...$124,720...but that's not the point.

The game was thrilling. The teams were awesome. And Guest Host Uri did an amazing job on his two-round mic test.

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 10070 Passive Foreplay 73 5 1.000
2 15003 Hi ho silver 64 4 0.800
3 10072 General Washingtons 55 3 0.600
4 10204 Flux Capacitors 42 2 0.400
5 15159 Jurassic park & rec 39 1 0.200
6 Oh Big Deal 27 0 0.000
* Won Tiebreaker