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Battle of the brains at the Bulldog

FOR the past three years some of Shanghai's best quizzers have been pitting their wits against each other at the Bulldog Shanghai pub.

The quiz nights on Monday and Thursday have become a local institution with around 80 regulars testing their general knowledge over three hours across a wide array of fun pop-culture questions.

Bulldog manager Alan Fulton says quiz nights provide a fun relaxed atmosphere with a DJ playing and up to 1,000 yuan (US$147) worth of drinks up for grabs for the winning team.

Entry to the quiz is free and the second-prize team gets a bottle of sparkling wine and bragging rights.

"Even if you are not playing, the quiz night is still entertaining to watch," Fulton says. There's a lot of interactive entertainment, lots of screens and it's very multimedia-based.

"We have a DJ as well so it's a fun atmosphere, and there is music the whole way through," he says. "It isn't one of those quizzes where the sound is turned down and all you can hear is someone reading out questions."

Questions for the first half of the quiz focus on movies, books and general knowledge while the second is all about music.

The crew at the Bulldog also design brain testers with one of their most popular being the 10-things questions.

"We do 10 actors or 10 cartoon characters or 10 famous landmarks but really quickly, so the idea is you have to write down as many as you can think of and you get a point for each question," Fulton says.

The Bulldog offers food discounts on the evening, with buy-one-get-one-main meals on Monday and buy-one-get-one-free sandwiches and wraps on Thursday.

Teams can number up to eight people and usually around 80 people turn up to compete.

The quiz starts at 9pm and runs until midnight, with a half-time break.

On Mondays the half-time winners get a free round of shooters to fortify their second-round efforts.

To add to the excitement, there is also a league table of sorts for both Monday and Thursday, with the winners decided over the four seasons held throughout the year.

Every three months the winning team from each night can hold a party for up to 10 people each on the third floor of the pub.

The winners get two hours of free house drinks with any additional friends charged 60 yuan per person to join.

Fulton says there are some crack teams including the hot shot Breakfast Intestinals who take a strategic approach to taking on the quiz.

"Teams like the Breakfast Intestinals have figured out that they have one guy who knows everything about movies, one guy who knows everything about music, a girl who knows just lots of trivia and they put quite a clever team together," he says.

There are only four of them but they always come in the top five.

Fulton says the Bulldog enjoyed a successful World Cup, as the bar was a popular destination for big matches.

At the end of the month Bulldog will also be reinstating live music, with a local band playing every week.

Open: Daily, 5pm-2am (weekdays), 11:30am-2am (weekends)

Address: 1 Wulumuqi Rd (corner of Dongping Rd)

Tel: 6466-7878


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