Tam O'Shanter

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



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


Tue Jun 5 2018
| by Quizmaster Michael Miller

The return (and in greater numbers) of Sista Fistin' Double Deuce brought them higher on the scoreboard than their debut night, but after playing neck and neck with the Mules for much of the game, Flux Capacitors brains hit 88 just in the nick of time to pull out the win!

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 10204 Flux Capacitors 68 5 1.000
2 10190 The Mules 59 4 0.800
3 10072 General Washingtons 54 3 0.600
4 14516 Special Sauce 48 2 0.400
5 Answering Machine 43 1 0.200
6 Sista Fistin’ Double Deuce 33 0 0.000


Tue May 29 2018
| by Quizmaster Michael Miller

There was plenty of excitement to be had at the Tam for this night of trivia! A tie - and subsequent tense tie-breaker - for third place! A Find the Connection Round that required much thought before action (fitting, for Shakespeare's "Hamlet" was the connection). And Trashley Wards returned, the stars aligning to give them all a free Tuesday night and their brains aligning to give them the win.

But the important knowledge that we all gained is something that we can take home and enjoy. Newcomers Jason S'morehees shared their very particular ingredients list to a commonly used recipe with your humble Quizmaster, who subsequently shared with the room at large. It is for a delightful fireside treat, and is simply as follows:

  • Graham cracker
  • Marshmallow
  • Hershey's chocolate bar

Hearing the crowd's warm response to this Most Dangerous Treat, a solitary tear fell from Jason's bone white mask, and he invited everyone to a really neat sounding summer camp at which he promised to make dessert for everybody! Or did he say that he'd give everyone their just desserts? I'm sure it's not important...

Game Rank Team # Team Name Score Teams Beaten Team Beat Average
1 10608 Trashley Wards 62 9 1.000
2 10072 General Washingtons 60 8 0.889
3* 14516 Special Sauce 56 6 0.722
3 10070 Aggressive Foreplay 56 6 0.722
5 10297 Clean Up At The Tam 54 5 0.556
6 Key Party 51 4 0.444
7 14734 Ay Dae Ken 43 3 0.333
8 Jason S'morehees 41 2 0.222
9 15003 Hi ho silver 40 1 0.111
10 Team Summer Time 24 0 0.000
* Won Tiebreaker