On the Scene: At Quiz Ninja’s at Sabrosa!

Kate Ruark, Kyle Kirkman, Eric Lihammar, Kyle Evans, Cody “Danger” Cooper and Marie Huber

Christanna Buhr

Ashley Daniels and Michael Lentz

Dustin Thunders

Chad Yanen, Sam Smith, Greg Hartman and Cam Vilar


What trendy scene is happening on a Tuesday night in Big J? Not much for the run-of-the-mill-normal guy or gal.

But if you are a social smarty pants, you head down to Sabrosa!, 122 S. Fifth St., and show off your trivia knowledge by playing Quiz Ninjas.

Magic 93.1 DJ by day and the Alex Trebek of nerdy know-it–all’s by night, Dustin Coren hosts this team-style drinking game at Sabrosa! on Tuesdays and Cruisers on Thursdays. He’s been hosting for the past seven years, first at Rockslide Brewery, then Naggy McGee’s and now at these two joints.

And there are prizes. Bar Bucks are awarded in the amounts of $25 for first place, $15 for second and $10 for third. Sessions Beer and Fireball Whiskey sponsor the event with SWAG and moral support.

And there are rules. No using your smart phone or other electronic device to Google the answers. No shouting out the answers. That’s dumb. Cheaters are losers in this game.

I arrived at Sabrosa! early, and DJ Dustin was worried the crowd would be small. But people began showing up in their woolly caps and coats, brave Ninjas as the snow was beginning to fall in the valley.

The pizza arrived and the teams began picking their tables. It was nearly 7 p.m., the time when the games begin, the big room at Sabrosa! was dark and getting loud. Dustin introduced me to the crowd, and I made my way around to meet the players.

Kate Ruark, Kyle Kirkman, Eric Lihammar, Kyle Evans, Cody “Danger” Cooper and Marie Huber made up the biggest team, telling me they participate every week, finding it a good time to be with friends.

A couple sat against the wall, Ashley Daniels and Michael Lentz. They played, but only two members of their team, titled Lesbians & Lumberjacks, could make it that night.

Another team with a name “yet to be determined” was made up of Chad Yanen, Sam Smith, Greg Hartman and Cam Vilar.

A new player arrived after the photo was taken. He was new to the game because he had just turned 21. DJ Dustin likes to start them out young. Brains and beer, a healthy combination.

Team Sporgasms consisted of Dane Hammond, Tyler Coleman and “Tony Baloney” (Facebook moniker). Between bites of Diorio’s pizza “Tony” revealed that “Dane’s a trivia nut. And capitalize the word NUT.”

Brason Hollabaugh, Dustin Thunders and Colin Keefe made up another team. When asked the name of said team, Brason commented, “That’s a good question.” I think that should be their team name.

Pretty Christanna Buhr arrived late, her team was trickling in, so they had to start with round two.

The games began, and the first part was viewing the “visual” trivia question: Identify the “Bearded Babes” in some thumbnail photos.

The first category of questions had a holiday theme, Scary Christmas, and the first question was: How many ghosts came to visit Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol?”

I didn’t shout out the answer, but I did let them all know I was absolutely qualified to play with them. I tried out for Jeopardy once.

It was not my first time at Sabrosa! It’s a good bar with a good vibe. With live entertainment on the weekends, it’s the perfect hang-out for outsiders and an interesting place for those insiders who want to hang out with the cool outsiders.

If you want to know about Quiz Ninjas, you can find info on Facebook or check for the “when and where” in The Daily Sentinel’s Out & About.


■ It’s First Friday at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St., with an opening reception for three exhibits on Friday, Dec. 6. There will be a talk and lecture at 6 p.m., introductions at 6:30 p.m. and the reception from 7–9 p.m. Info: 243-7337, gjartcenter.org.

■ The Parade of Lights and Winter Festival is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, in the downtown area of Main Street. The Winter Festival begins at 11 a.m. with entertainment at 12:30 p.m. The parade starts at 5 p.m. Info: downtowngj.org.


Look fore more upcoming events in Friday’s Out & About.


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