Pub quiz organising is no longer the job of people who are paid to stand in front of a crowd and ask the questions.
We are now all the quizmasters, with Zoom and Houseparty becoming the ‘pubs’ that we’re joining our friends and families in for a bit of trivia-based fun.
If it’s your turn to host the weekly quiz, you’ve likely spent a lot of time on Google trying to compile your list of questions.
So we decided to save you the hassle and put together 19 pub quiz rounds on all sorts of topics so you can lift them right from this page and save yourself the trouble.
All your quizzers will need is a pen and paper, with a beer or a wine optional.
The answers are in bold (so make sure you don’t accidentally read them out).
These are generic history questions, which should hopefully get your players scratching their heads and trying to remember their school days.
1. Which two of Henry VIII’s wives were executed?
Anne Boleyn and Kathryn Howard
2. Vietnam claimed independence from which country in 1945?
3. How many children did Queen Victoria have?
4. The German attack on which country caused Britain to enter the Second World War?
5. What was the first name of the doctor who invented the Heimlich manoeuvre?
6. Which American battle is sometimes referred to as ‘Custer’s Last Stand’?
Battle of the Little Bighorn
7. In which year was the Gunpowder Plot?
8. Which Scottish monarch was convicted of treason and was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire on the 8th February 1587?
Mary I (of Scotland) also known as Mary Queen of Scots
9. How was New York known prior to 1664?
10. Who was the first leader of the Soviet Union?
For this round, you name the country, and those playing have to name the capital city. It seems simple, but definitely isn’t.
Who said it?
This round is all about quotes. Read the quotes out, and your guests have to guess who said them. Some are from fictional characters, while others are a little more serious and historical.
1. ‘I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.’
2. ‘If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t f*ck ’em!’
3. ‘If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.’
4. ‘I knew what my job was, it was to go out and meet the people and love them.’
5. ‘It is every parent’s dream to outlive their children.’
6. ‘Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.’
7. ‘That’s the great thing about Catholicism. It’s so vague and no one really knows what it’s about.’
8. ‘My mom said to me, “You know, sweetheart, one day you should settle down and marry a rich man”. I said, “Mom, I am a rich man.”‘
9. ‘Whoever is happy will make others happy too.’
10. ‘I am gay. I am broke as sh*t.’
Joe Exotic from Tiger King
Guess the year
For this round, you can choose to give the point to the closest answer. If you’re being a little stricter, they’ll have to guess the exact year that these events happened.
1. Fleetwood Mac’s album ‘Rumours’ was released, Red Rum won the Grand National for the third time and Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee.
2. The Republic of China was established, the Titanic hit an iceberg, and Arizona became the 48th U.S. state.
3. England crashed out of the World Cup losing to Germany on penalties, Madonna released the song Vogue, and Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison.
4. West Germany joined NATO, Anthony Eden became Prime Minister, and James Dean died in a car accident.
5. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson got married, Nintendo released the video game The Legend Of Zelda, and Living Doll by Cliff Richard and The Young Ones was UK number one for three weeks.
6. Will Young won Britain’s Pop Idol and Kelly Clarkson won American Idol, Moors murderer Myra Hindley died aged 60, and Star Wars movie Attack Of The Clones was released.
7. Take That went their separate ways and split up, Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced, and singer Eva Cassidy died of cancer.
8. Conchita Wurst won Eurovision for Austria, Scotland held an independence referendum and voted ‘no’, and Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away.
9. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in India, Israel was declared an independent state, and Ozzy Osbourne was born.
10. Sylvia Plath killed herself in London, the Beatles released their first album, ‘Please Please Me’ and John F. Kennedy gave his ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech in West Berlin.
Complete the lyrics
1. He was a boy, she was a girl, can I make it any more obvious?
He was a punk, she did ballet. What more can I say?
2. Tell me something, boy. Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void?
Or do you need more? Ain’t it hard keeping it so hardcore?
3. I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
4. My bootscootin’ baby is drivin’ me crazy
My obsession from a western, my dance floor date
5. Tonight, I’m gonna have myself a real good time
I feel alive and the world I’ll turn it inside out, yeah
6. Tommy used to work on the docks, union’s been on strike
He’s down on his luck, it’s tough, so tough
7. I was sick and tired of everything
When I called you last night from Glasgow
8. And it seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to when the rain set in
9. I don’t want to see a ghost, it’s a sight that I fear most
I’d rather have a piece of toast (And watch the evening news)
10. But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Celebrity picture round
Name the celebrity whose feature we’ve picked out. Features like screenshare are handy here, so you can pop the pictures into a powerpoint and let them see each one.
If you want to send this along first, make sure not to screenshot with the answers included.
1. Katy Perry
2. Richard Gere
3. Vladimir Putin
4. Anjelica Huston
5. Goldie Hawn
6. Trevor McDonald
7. Lorraine Kelly
9. Boy George
10. Ryan Reynolds
An easy one for the sports fans among you, but these questions might just trick those of us who aren’t glued to Match of the Day or the Olympics.
1. In which year did Maradona score his ‘hand of God’ goal?
2. What is the name of the Barcelona football stadium?
3. Who was the champion of the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005?
4. Which football team were known as the ‘Biscuitmen’ up until the 1980s?
5. How many times has Michael Schumacher been a Formula 1 champion?
6. What is the highest points total in a season ever achieved by a team in the English Premier League?
7. Which American city is home to the following sports teams: Rockets, Astros, Texans, and Dynamo?
8. In 1950, India withdrew from the World Cup because FIFA refused to let them do what?
9. In athletics, what’s the last event in a decathlon?
10. In which athletics event did Jess Ennis Hill win gold at London 2012?
Name the song
For this round, read out the lyrics and the players have to say which song it’s from. We’ll also provide the artist, so you can do half a point for each, or give a bonus point for the artist in each question.
1. You know I’m just a fool who’s willing to sit around and wait for you.
Hopelessly Devoted to You, Olivia Newton-John
2. And it’s just like the ocean under the moon, oh it’s the same as the emotion that I get from you.
Smooth, Santana ft Rob Thomas
3. How many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry?
Blowin’ In The Wind, Bob Dylan
4. I could be your Buzz Lightyear, fly across the globe.
Boyfriend, Justin Bieber
5. You were content to let me shine, that’s your way. You always walked a step behind.
Wind Beneath My Wings, Better Midler
6. There’s a world outside your window, and it’s a world of dread and fear.
Do They Know It’s Christmas, Band Aid
7. I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited, but I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
Someone Like You, Adele
8. Remember those walls I built, well baby they’re tumbling down.
9. Got a little hometown jam, so they put a rifle in my hand.
Born in the USA, Bruce Springsteen
10. Scoop, Muck and Dizzy, and Rolly too. Lofty and Wendy join the crew.
Can We Fix It?, Bob the Builder
Bookworms are sure to ace this one, but for theless well-read among us, it might not be as easy.
1. Holden Caulfield, an icon for teenage angst and rebellion, is a fictional character in which American literary classic?
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
2. Which author’s breakthrough book was decribed by Salman Rushdie as a ‘book so bad it makes bad books look good’?
3. What do the two initials stand for in C. S. Lewis?
4. The title of which D. H. Lawrence book is also a meteorological phenomenon?
5. How old was Adrian Mole?
13 and three quarters
6. In which Dickens novel does Mr Micawber appear?
7. What was Mary Ann Evans’ pen name?
8. Which is the longest of Shakespeare’s plays?
9. Aldous Huxley’s book Brave New World was banned in which country?
10. At which railway station does one board the Hogwarts Express?
This round is much like the others, so ask as normal and see how much of the silver screen your guests know.
1. Which American actor starred alongside Kim Basinger in the film Nine and a Half Weeks?
2. I Saw the Light was a 2016 biopic of which country music legend?
3. Who is Donald Sutherland’s actor son?
4. Which child actress played Susan Walker in the 1994 film version of Miracle on 34th Street, Matilda in the 1996 film version of Roald Dahl’s book of the same name ,and Natalie Hillard in Mrs Doubtfire?
5. Name three people who have played Spiderman in live-action films.
Three of: Nicholas Hammond, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Tom Holland
6. What is the name of the little dragon in the animated movie Mulan?
7. How many Oscars did Titanic win?
8. Who played Mrs Robinson in The Graduate?
9. In The Matrix, does Neo take the blue pill or the red pill?
10. Which pop vocal group performs at the wedding in Bridesmaids?
Food and drink
If your favourite subject at school was lunch, this could be the round where you shine.
1. Name the Greek dip that features yoghurt, mint, and cucumber.
2. Which type of pasta’s name means little worms?
3. What’s the best selling flavour of Haagen Dazs ice cream?
4. What does CAMRA stand for?
The Campaign for Real Ale
5. In the UK we refer to them as baked beans, but what type of bean are they?
6. In Italy, what is a Mortadella?
7. With which bovine body part would you make Rocky Mountain oysters?
8. You either love it or hate it, but what is Marmite made of?
9. ‘Why have cotton when you can have silk?’ was used to advertise which chocolate bar?
10. In which country is the wine making region of the Yarra Valley?
Test your celebrity knowledge with these questions. We’ve given you the first name or names of famous people’s children, and it’s your quizzers’ jobs to say who their parents are.
Go easy on them by only requiring the name of one parent, or offer bonus points for both.
1. Apple and Moses
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
2. Angel Iris
Eddie Murphy and Melanie Brown (Mel B)
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
4. Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear Maurice, and River Rocket Blue Dallas
Jamie and Jools Oliver
5. Honey Kinney, Betty Kitten, Harvey Kirby
Jonathan Ross and Jane Goldman
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott
7. Chester Marlon (also known as Chet) and Truman Theodore
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
8. Kaia Jordan and Presley Walker
Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber
9. Aimee, Kelly, and Jack
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
10. Malia and Sasha
Barack and Michelle Obama
Much like in the picture round, this one requires you to share the photos with your teams (screenshare is easy enough) for them to pick out the answers.
2. New Zealand
9. Saudi Arabia
Brush up on your cabinet knowledge with these politics questions.
1. Which actor is Tony Blair’s father in law?
2. If an MP applies for the Chiltern Hundreds what are they doing?
3. Who succeeded Neil Kinnock as Leader of the Labour Party?
4 Who is the only woman to ever be selected as Speaker of the House of Commons?
5. Which position in the Conservative government did Theresa May hold prior to becoming Prime Minister?
6. Since 2017 what parliamentary position has been held by Sarah Clarke?
7. Which politician once worked as a presenter on This Morning?
8. Who is currently the youngest MP currently in Parliament, coloquially known as the ‘baby of the house’?
9. What do the following have in common: Eastleigh, Salisbury, Bexhill and Battle, South Thanet, Bromley and Chislehurst, and Buckingham?
Westminster seats that Nigel Farage has stood for (but failed to gain)
10. What colour are the seats in the House of Commons?
Name the retro TV show
Use these hints to point you to some classic and retro TV shows.
1. One of the biggest storylines in this show was ‘Who shot JR?’.
2. Airing in the 90s, this comedy showed the lives of Richard Richard and Edward Elizabeth Hitler.
3. At the venue this show is set in ‘everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came’.
4. Characters in this show include a dog called Eddie, a Mancunian carer called Daphne, and a character called Maris who’s never seen.
5. This Liverpool-based soap ran for 21 years, finishing in 2003.
6. The main characters in this show lived in a building called Nelson Mandela House.
Only Fools and Horses
7. ‘The Carlton dance’ that debuted in this show recently ended in a legal battle with Fortnite (which was later withdrawn) after they included it in their game.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
8. This hard-hitting children’s show saw actor Lee MacDonald playing a young boy with a heroin addiction, and spawned the song Just Say No.
9. Bottles of Bollinger, bottles of Stolichnaya, and cigarettes would have been the main props used in this show.
10. This show was where Ant and Dec met for the first time.
Science and nature
Biology, chemistry, and physics are the name of the game here.
1. ‘Zr’ is the symbol for which chemical element?
2. Which type of creature is a barramundi?
3. Vanilla is a member of which plant family?
4. How many ribs do humans have?
5. What is the body part the axilla also known as?
6. Which geological era came first: Mesozoic, Paleozoic or Cenozoic?
7. What is a Portuguese Man-o-War?
8. What does an apiartist keep?
9. How many humps does a dromedary camel have?
10. What is the male part of the flower called?
Who’s the artist?
If you studied sculpture at St Martin’s College you’ll have no problem naming the artists that created these famous works.
1. Everyone I Have Ever Slept With
2. The Return of the Prodigal Son
3. The Kiss
4. Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird
5. The Scream
6. A Bigger Splash
7. Away from the Flock
8. Girl with a Pearl Earring
9. Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees
Intrepid travellers might have been to a few of these tourist hotspots. But can you name the cities that they’re all in?
1. The Valley of the Kings
2. St. Basil’s Cathedral
3. The Little Mermaid sculpture
4. The Taj Mahal
5. Bran Castle
6. Sagrada Familia
8. Mount Rushmore
Keystone, South Dakota, USA
9. Table Mountain
Cape Town, South Africa
10. Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, USA
What’s the connection?
For this round, you have to answer each question as normal, with the final question tying them all together.
1. What animal is the character from the Toy Story franchise called ‘Weezy’?
2. What is the book that Douglas Adams is most famous for?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
3. Which sporting event first took place on 29 March 1981?
The London Marathon
4. What was the occupation of Fred Housego, who won Mastermind in 1980?
5. Which band sang the songs Under the Boardwalk, Saturday Night at the Movies, and Save the Last Dance For Me?
6. Which character from The Wizard of Oz was looking for courage?
7. Which novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall featured Lieutenant William Bligh?
Mutiny on the Bounty
8. Name the film directed by Peter Weir that depicted three schoolgirls and their teacher mysteriously disappearing on Valentines Day in 1900.
Picnic at Hanging Rock
9. What is the name of the song that begins with the lyrics: ‘It’s a God-awful small affair to the girl with the mousy hair’?
Life on Mars
10. What is the connection between all these answers?
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