Nerdy Nights: Best Events For Geeks In Washington DC

February 28, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Rocket Bar

Don’t exactly fit in with the trendy or hipster DC crowd? There’s no need to fear – nerdy nights are here. Make your way towards one of these geek-friendly DC destinations where you will find trivia nights, board games and other nerdy past times to set your heart on fire. Pocket protectors not required.
Smart Ass Trivia Night
Nellie’s Sports Bar
900 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-6355
www.nelliessportsbar.comHours: Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

So, you think you’re such a smart ass? Prove it every Wednesday with the help of Smart Ass Trivia Night at Nellie’s Sports Bar. Trivia questions range from general knowledge and literature to movies and pop culture. The game also includes audio/visual rounds and a “wipeout” round where teams can earn double the points for the right answer but no points for the entire round should your team answer one question incorrectly. Enjoy happy hour specials, like $2 Miller Lite and rail vodka drinks, plus delicious foods before the fun starts. Games start at 8 and 9 p.m. Prizes include special bar tab discounts and concert tickets.

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Rocket Bar
714 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 628-7665

Gamers unite! Fans of old school board and video games, like Battleship and Ms. Pac-Man, will totally dig this retro-style bar. Test your theory of angles and gravitational force with a game of darts, relive your youth with a round of skeeball or argue the dynamics of geometry with a billiards match. Rocket Bar also offers plenty of couches and banquets to sit and discuss enlightening topics like the Pythagorean Theorem. Although the dive bar doesn’t offer food, it does allow guests to bring in takeout from neighboring restaurants. Enjoy drink specials as well as two traditional-style jukeboxes packed with music from Bruce Springsteen to the Clash.

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International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-7798
www.spymuseum.orgIf you’ve ever fantasized about what it’s like to be James Bond then make your way over to the International Spy Museum where you will find an awesome exhibit devoted to the James Bond franchise. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to learn about the man who inspired 007’s creation as well as uncover 50 years of Bond’s worst enemies. The exhibit features over 100 artifacts from the James Bond films as well as special galleries and interactive exhibits including a virtual shark tank and a faux missile that needs to be disarmed. Other interactive spy experiences offered at the International Spy Museum include lectures and seminars, author events, spy city tours and Operation Spy, where guests decode secret audio conversations and search for hidden evidence.

Torpedo Factory
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-4565

Discover the next Claude Monet at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria. The exquisite, waterfront venue features six galleries, two workshop areas and an art school. Explore an active artist studio or wander around the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. The Torpedo Factory features a variety of artwork including paintings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, stained glass and sculptures. The venue also features a rotating calendar of shows and events including Fabricated: An Exhibition of Wearable Art and Wine and Dine, where ceramic potters will showcase original goblets, tableware and ewers. Enjoy coffee and sweet treats courtesy of the on-site cafe or visit one of the dozens of shops and restaurants located nearby.

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Piratz Tavern
8402 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 588-9001

Aye matey! Practice your pirate pick-up lines at Piratz Tavern where you will find – what else? – a pirate themed bar with water fountains, tropical foliage and bartenders and waitstaff dressed as pirates. Sip on pirate-inspired adult beverages, like a grog or the Davey Jones shooter. The full-service restaurant and bar also features an outdoor patio, tiki bar and traditional American fare with a creative twist, like the crossbones sandwich or the entrees from the galley. Enjoy daily food and drink specials, including discounted drinks for the ladies on Wench Wednesdays and live music courtesy of the house band Drunken Ferret on Fridays. The venue is also known to provide other forms of live entertainment including belly dancers and fire spinners.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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