As we were leaving The Market at Ale & Compass over at the Yacht Club, Corless and I happened upon Trivia Night at the Beach Club. It started last month and is currently scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights at 5pm for an indeterminate amount of time.
From my review back in April, you might remember that Martha’s Vineyard is un-ironically one of my favorite lounges on property with what is one of Disney’s best draft beer programs, in addition to a surprisingly diverse food menu. Service has always been friendly and efficient, though you’ll likely need to visit the bar itself to order food and drink.
And since nobody can ever find it, its remote location offers a lot more intimacy than a Crew’s Cup or AbracadaBar. That’s slightly less true now with the Captain’s Grille refurbishment. Ariel’s, located next to Martha’s Vineyard, is serving as a temporary dining location while the regular table service restaurant is closed.
About eight teams started and about six finished as Corless and I easily emerged victorious. Part of the reason for some teams leaving is probably due to the long length of the event – it took 90 minutes across six categories that included everything from general Disney movie knowledge, to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, to the state of Rhode Island, to the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, back to Guardians of the Galaxy.
And some of the questions were surprisingly obscure. For the Disney crossword category, we were asked the name of Bambi’s love interest (Faline), the name of the Disney characters that share an eye (Fates from Hercules), and which movie took 59 years to realize a sequel (Fantasia). The Rhode Island category included a question about why the state was the last to ratify the U.S. Constitution (Bill of Rights) and the Stanley Cup category included a question about what creature Detroit Red Wings fans throw on the ice during home playoff games (the octopus).
The prizes were generous throughout. The leader after the first three rounds won any appetizer for free.
We went with the only one we hadn’t tried in the Loaded Tots with Chili, Cheese, and Green Onions.
They were satisfying, but the chili could have just as easily come out of a can. I like the other version with bacon and sour cream better. This review covers other food items. Winners of a couple of bonus rounds won free tumblers. We came away with a Beauty and the Beast cup and an Olaf decal. Victories all around.
And the overall winner got to choose between a free 30-minute pontoon boat rental, a 30-minute SeaRaycer rental, or a free pottery activity. The pontoon boat rental is ordinarily $45/hour and the SeaRaycer rental will cost you $32 per half-hour, so there’s some real value there. Ceramics run between five and thirty dollars. The second place and third place teams got to choose from the prizes that first place didn’t pick, so even if you’re up against us, you might still come away with a parting gift.
I’m not sure how long trivia will continue, but if you’re in the area on one of the days it’s offered over the next few weeks, you might ask the front desk earlier in the day or swing by Martha’s Vineyard around 4:45pm. We really enjoyed it – a surprising amount of challenge with substantial rewards.
And consider a 23-ounce beer. Very good.