Creating a Pub Quiz: Your Checklist

If it’s your first time creating a pub quiz, then you may be stuck wondering how to start planning it. 


Thankfully, at Quiz on Demand, we’ve created this easy checklist for you to follow when you start planning your pub quiz.


What do you need to consider when creating a pub quiz?

Before you dive straight into creating your pub quiz, there are a few key elements that you should consider. These considerations should include:


  • The format 
  • The date and time of your quiz 
  • How many players are allowed on each team
  • Who will host your quiz
  • The theme of your quiz
  • The length of your quiz 



A checklist for creating a great pub quiz

To help you be prepared for your pub quiz, we’ve created a checklist that you can refer to while you’re organising everything. 


Determine a quiz area 

Before you jump into creating your quiz, you should first start by finding the room to host your quiz. Since quiz nights are usually mid-week, you may not face many issues with finding the room. However, if you experience a high amount of custom throughout the week, you may need to consider how hosting the quiz will affect this. 


Choose a quiz host 

Who is the most suitable quiz host in your team? You should look for someone who is confident, friendly and able to deal with any potential cheating or rowdy behaviour. You can choose to do this yourself, or instead you could get a friend or employee to do so. 


Think of your theme 

Thinking of a theme in advance (or deciding to keep in general) will help to plan ahead on how you want to host your quiz and potentially decorate your pub. It will also help to bring in the type of participants you’re looking for. 


We have a great selection of themed quizzes on our quiz shop that you can choose from. They are super simple to use and all you need to do is download your chosen quiz and hand out the question sheets to your teams. 


Decide how many rounds you want 

Once you’ve established your theme, it’s a good idea to think about how many rounds you want to include. Ideally, you should have 5 or 6 rounds, with 10 questions in each. This way, you can have a few different themes and question styles per round, and it also gives you the chance to have a break mid-way through. 


Some different types of rounds you could include are:



We have a full dedicated guide on adding table top rounds to your pub quiz if you need some help knowing when and where to include them. 



Download your Quizzes

Take a look at our range of pub quizzes and choose one that suits your taste. We have themed ones and general knowledge quizzes – easy and hard versions too! Simply buy the package you want, download the PDFs sent straight to you and print out ready.


Get some prizes 

Having a prize for the winners of the quiz is always a great incentive to keep them coming back. Your quizzes don’t have to be anything too extravagant and they could actually be the total entry fee. For example, if you charge £1 per player and you have 50 players, then the total prize money will be a decent £50. 


Alternatively, you could make your own prize, whether that is a free bar tab or even a free meal at your pub. 


Gather extra materials 

During the night, you may end up needing extra materials such as pens and extra answer sheets. It is always better to have more than you need than not having enough and having to turn down players.


Be ready to share on social media 

Promoting your quiz night is one of the most important steps in your checklist. After all, how else are you going to spread the word about your quiz? 


It may seem like a tedious job, but it is so important for ensuring you receive a good turnout. From posting on social media, to having posters in your pub and even encouraging your staff to talk about it to the regulars; they are all great ways to spread the word.


Prepare for the next one

Take the positives from your first quiz night, and repeat! You can build on this momentum to ensure that you continue hosting great quiz nights for your pub-goers. We even have pub quiz subscription packages available, meaning that you can get fresh, unique quiz content sent to you each week for 13 weeks – simple!

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