Test your skills at Downtown Local Trivia Night
It didn’t take long for Livingston Manor, a Catskills-themed gastropub which opened late last year on Hoyt and Livingston, to become a favorite for the growing after-hours scene in Downtown Brooklyn.
“From both the after-work happy hour crowd and the downtown locals themselves, everyone is excited we’re here,” says Erika Broad, one of the owners. “The response we keep hearing over and over again is ‘the neighborhood really needed this! We have been waiting for something like this to open up!’ Of course, this feels really great. We couldn’t be happier we picked this spot or this time to open.”
The bar is brought to you by an all-star team of proprietors: Matthew Roff, Anatoly Dubinsky, Zhenya Kampanets, and Broad, who are responsible for well-known favorites like Franklin Park, Crown Inn, and Congress, between them. The culinary program is led by Chef Maude Sernas, formerly of Egg (in Williamsburg) and Blue Bottle (San Francisco).
And it’s also bringing to Downtown Brooklyn another staple of the local pub repertoire – a bi-weekly trivia night. Every other Monday, Downtown Local takes over the bar to host five rounds of New York City-themed brain-busting competition, hosted by Meredith Heil (of Beerded Ladies’ Beer Geek Trivia) and Casey Du Pont (of Black Rabbit’s Nerd! Alert). The winning team gets a $35 bar tab and “supreme bragging rights.” For correct answers to bonus questions, Livingston Manor offers free picklebacks (a shot of Powers whiskey chased by one of the tangy house-brined pickle juice).
“We knew we wanted to have a night here at Livingston Manor that could bring neighbors together, and something that is conducive to making friends, being creative, and also of course, drinking,” Broad says. “I hate going to a bar and seeing people on their iPhones: trivia is a no iPhone zone which promotes real conversation.”
Through three nights of trivia, turnout and participation have been great, according to Broad.
“What is really nice to see is folks branching off and joining teams of people they didn’t come with or previously know. People you might never expect to be passionate about trivia often get very excited and competitive when they actually begin to play; it can also reveal sides of friends you’ve never seen before,” said Broad. “I overheard one girl telling her friend after a particularly rule-stickler moment: ‘Wow, you’re a total Monica [from Friends]. I had no idea until I played trivia with you. Before, I always saw you as more of a Rachel.’ Now there’s a truth moment!”
Ready for your own truth moment? The next Downtown Local trivia night takes place Monday, March 23rd. Click here for more details.