O'Brien's is no ordinary pub quiz. It's reputedly Southern California's most difficult trivia night, requiring players to have knowledge of 18th-century literature, 20th-century philosophers and 21st-century surf spots. You'll also be facing the stiffest competition — almost every player in the bar has previously appeared on Jeopardy! or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Some of Jeopardy!'s winningest contestants and former competitors in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions are regular attendees. But if you're worried about intellectual intimidation, fear not — the vibe at O'Brien's is welcoming and friendly. The quiz wranglers, Mark May and Beth Milnes, have been organizing the game for two decades. They're more than happy to get you situated. You're likely to get your ass handed to you in competition, but O'Brien's is kind enough to have two categories for cash prizes: one for the highest scoring team and one for the highest scoring team with no Jeopardy! members. Who knows? The latter might just be you.
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