The Queen's School Pub Quiz
20.30, Last Thursday of every month @ Haggis Pub (Ul. Swidnicka 39)
Even if you are the new kid in town, getting to know a few more sound Wrocławians is actually pretty easy nowadays. Thanks to social networking there are many regular English language meetings on the go, and most of them are ideal for conversing with friends and enjoying a midweek drink. Shortly we'll write about the weekly Tower of Babel meeting, but today we're looking at a popular monthly event – The Queen's School Pub Quiz.
Having been on the Wrocław scene for over half a decade now, the Queen's School Pub Quiz is one of the longest running English language meetings in the city. Kicking off sharply at 20.30, the evening is a mixture of a conventional quiz and live acoustic music. The contest itself comprises of traditional general knowledge questions and picture rounds, but participants are also quizzed about the songs performed live in the pub. Marcus J Evans and Uncut writer Terry-Clark Ward are both accomplished guitarists, each bringing the quiz to life with some solid renditions of classic songs, often encouraging the crowd to join in.
Those with a competitive instinct will be happy to hear there are prizes on offer courtesy of Logitech, with the winning group walking away with some cool technological goodies. Additional prizes are generally allocated to 2nd or 3rd place finishers, and there is even a booby prize for the team with the worst score.
Host Terry-Clark Ward is open, humorous and entertaining, and can provide Polish translations of questions when needed. The crowd tends to be a healthy mixture of Poles and foreigners, while natives English speakers are a plenty thanks to the language school involvement. Participation in the pub quiz has grown over the years, and usually Haggis is at full capacity for the event. If you come along a little bit earlier however, you shouldn't have too much bother in finding yourself a table.
The Pub Quiz provides a decent opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds, nationalities and ages. If you're lucky enough you can win some pretty neat prizes too – making this one of the better expat meetings currently on the go.