This article has links to products and services we love, which we may make commission from.
Looking to try a few new pub quiz round ideas and keep your pals on their toes? This guide outlines fun quiz rounds for general knowledge, picture rounds, music and the unusual, so you can plan your trivia night quickly and successfully.
Whether you are planning a pub quiz online or in person, a fun family trivia night or a virtual work event, let’s get this party started.
Ps. We’re former teachers and trainers, hence this ridiculous list of starter and plenary tasks jazzed up as pub quiz ideas!
CBA creating your own quiz? Don’t bother! We’ve made quiz them for you!
All quizzes include five rounds with a mix of general knowledge, history, and iconic moments.
Prefer to put together your own Zoom quiz ideas? Keep reading.
You may also like our guide to Great Zoom Games.
Pub Quiz Round Ideas
While we call the following games ‘pub trivia’, many of these ideas can be used as family quiz questions, so feel free to adapt if you are playing with younger players.
We’ve used quite a few in my classroom with different ages and stages.
We’ve also played them as pub quiz rounds, so you can ramp them up or calm them down depending on your audience!
1. Who Am I?
A popular game with teachers!
Summarise a person, place or object and the teams guess who or what.
- Former beauty queen, now a TV presenter who has interviewed a prince – Oprah
- Population 5.4 million, national animal is the unicorn – Scotland
- Conference call software with filters – Zoom
2. Order! Order!
Place landmarks, countries, political leaders etc into a correct timeline.
- Capital cities by population
- List the US presidents starting from Nixon
Unusual quiz categories don’t have to be complicated!
3. Things By Height
Rank mountains, skyscrapers, bridges, or people in height order.
One of the easiest quiz categories.
For example – Rank in order of height, smallest first:
- One Trade Center (NYC)
- Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
- Eiffel Tower (Paris)
- The Shard (London)
Guess the skylines from images, videos, audio, or hand drawn efforts.
Remove lyrics from songs, words from quotes, text from stories and players decide what is missing.
Guess the movies, books or ads by their famous straplines.
- Who you gonna call (Ghostbusters)
- Escape or die frying (Chicken Run)
- You’ll never go in the water again (Jaws)
7. Mythical Beasts
Describe the mythical beast and let the teams guess where it can be found.
For example, Nessie Loch Ness Monster in Scotland.
This a good round for kids.
If you’re looking for more family-friendly options, here’s our guide to Zoom games for kids.
8. How Many Legs?
How many legs does a *name of animal* have?
9. On This Date
Name the event, players guess the date.
Or vice versa.
Food Related Fun Quiz Rounds
10. Drinks and Cocktail Quizzes
Name the cocktail and players create the recipe or vice versa.
Match the famous cocktail to the country.
Identify which cocktail an actor or actress drinks in famous movie scenes.
Name the craft beer or wine, guess where it’s made.
Name the meal and players create the recipe or vice versa.
Match the famous meal to the country.
Identify which meal/snack an actor or actress eats in famous movie scenes.
Match the food product with the celeb endorsement.
This could be done via images as well, by blanking out the celeb’s face.
Picture Round Quiz Ideas
Looking for ideas for quiz picture rounds to bring some visuals to your virtual quiz?
Here are our faves.
12. Guess Who – Kids
Collect baby pictures of all team players and present for guessing.
Alternatively, source celebrity baby pics if you can’t get images from players.
13. Picture Timeline
Players have to sort the images from oldest to newest.
Images could be of a person, country, building, etc.
14. Guess The TV/Movie Set
From the sofa scene in Friends to Winterfell, challenge your teams to name the correct show’s set.
The BBC have collated rounds of images for you here.
15. Game Show Picture Round
This picture round idea is tough, I tell you!
Be mindful of who is taking part as some quiz shows will look different around the world.
16. Guess The…
Celeb pets, book covers, record sleeves, movie posters, sports stadiums, epic dance scenes, waterfalls, historic castles, cereal boxes, the list is endless.
17. Up Close and Personal
Zoom into an image really close and let the players suss out whose skin they see.
Can also be used on landmarks, products, cars, logos etc.
18. Look Into My Eyes
Pics of famous peepers, zoomed in or made blurry.
Famous eyes to consider: Bowie, Elton John, Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany flicks), Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
19. Armchair Travel
Use Instagram Stories green screen feature (free) to photoshop you in different locations and have your teams guess where you went on vacation.
To do this, have your holiday images ready in an easy to find place on your device.
Log into Instagram, choose the Stories circle at the top, scroll until you find the green screen filter.
Next, add an image by selecting the ‘add media’ button.
Make sure your camera is in selfie mode and take a selfie of the attraction behind you.
20. Headlines and News Stories
Players guess the story from the ridiculous headline or newspaper front page.
21. Ye’ Dancing?
Draw or say the instructions to famous dances, players guess the dance and song. Could be combined with Un-rap That (below).
- 5, 6, 7, 8
- Saturday Night
- Cha Cha Slide
- Gangnam Style
22. Emoji Round Ideas
This is a personal fave of ours as players really have to focus on the game.
Use the emojis on your phone to create emoji challenges and then save to Google Docs.
You can then either download to PDF and send out or screenshot and add to Google Slides.
Alternatively, here’s a website which lets you copy and paste emojis.
Here’s a list of enjoy round ideas
23. The Puzzle
If it’s your turn to create a quiz and you really can’t face it, consider buying this 45-minute game The Puzzle, or even getting them to host it for you.
100 Points Challenge has created this team building challenge to play remotely among friends and colleagues.
It involves ten rounds of puzzles and ends with a ‘master puzzle’ related to the previous rounds, one of the most challenging quiz rounds with a twist.
If you want to cool the pressure, you can remove the 40-minute time limit.
We took around 45 minutes to finish and the master puzzle threw everyone.
It’s up to you how you play it.
You can either choose to self-facilitate (DIY).
This is where a member of the team is in charge and records the scores/keeps time.
The person running the show will need 20 minutes to read over the instructions.
To play, just use the share screen function on the Zoom to show the puzzle PDF.
Alternatively, give the players the password to sign on and see the puzzles on the secret website.
If you want to take part, get 100 Points Challenge team to facilitate for you.
We played The Puzzle a little differently since we only had six friends getting involved.
Instead of competing, we collaborated as one big team.
I’d to play again in teams to add the combative element!
100 Points Challenge has worked with giants such as Google, Spotify and Ikea so they are legit.
Customer service is quick to respond, so if you have any issues on the run-up to the game just give them an email as we did.
Thanks to 100 Points Challenge for provided a self-hosted game for us to try and review.
23. This or That Quizzes
You may have seen the popular ‘this or that’ quizzes on Instagram.
Well, the same idea can be adapted for your fun quiz night just provide a question and two images then get the players to decide if it is option A or B, this or that!
For example, which food can pregnant woman not eat – brie or cooked blue cheese, or choose between a winter or summer vacation.
We have heaps of This or That questions ready for you:
Music and Audio Round Quiz Ideas
Guess the song title and the artist name.
Easy if you know it!
25. Classic + Something in Common
Guess the song title and the artist name with a twist – add an overarching theme such as body parts or a destination.
Players guess the overall theme at the end for bonus points.
26. Intros Round
Everyone’s fave music round game, play just enough of the song for teams to guess the title and artist.
You can do this with pop songs, songs from TV shows, movies, etc.
27. Music Mashup
Take a number of songs and mix them up together.
Check out Popb*tch for daily examples.
28. Guess The Theme Tune
Play the very start of the song or the full theme tune depending on how generous you are feeling!
Examples – Pinky and the Brain, Narcos and X Files.
Here’s a list of over 100 theme tunes.
29. Speed It Up
Play tunes really fast.
You can choose quiz topics for your music rounds too.
- Something in common
30. Slow It Down
Opposite of speed it up.
You can also combine Speed It Up and Slow It Down and sent over the audio.
It’s way harder than it sounds.
31. Finish Me Off
This music round provides part of a song and the players guess the lyrics to the rest.
32. Un-Rap That
Deconstruct a song and make it into a news story.
Deliver the story as a news anchor would.
You stay classy San Diego.
33. Rap That
Take a story or an event and make it into a rap.
34. Face For The Radio
Play a quote from a famous face and the players guess who it is and what they are talking about.
35. Quote Me On That
Play a quote from a movie, TV show, political speech etc, and players write down who said and where they said it.
For a huge challenge tag on the question: what were they talking about?
36. Say My Name, Say My Name
Bleep out the name in the song and leave the surrounding lyrics.
- Jenny Don’t Be Hasty – Paolo Nutini
- Jolene – Dolly Parton
- Fernando – Abba
37. Cat Karaoke
Sing a song as you would during traditional karaoke but replace the words for meows.
Yes, all the words.
So, “And I, Will Always Love You would be meow, meooooooooow, meow, meow, meow, meooooow. Duh.
Interactive Quiz Rounds
Draw the presented topic using Zoom’s screen share.
No talking or giving hints.
Make it harder: the pen isn’t allowed to leave the page.
39. Handy Household Items
Players have to be the first to grab identified household items or items beginning with the stated letter or item that represents a topic, etc.
40. Charades You Say?
Charades are not just for Xmas!
Act out the topic and let the teams guess.
Make it harder: give an action along with something to act out, for example, a caterpillar (thing) as a cowboy (action).
You provide the scene, the teams reenact the still.
You award points.
42. Scene By Me
You act out the scene, film it or take a photo and present to team players.
They guess the movie and the year it was made.
Funny Quiz Round Ideas
Looking to keep it lighthearted?
Here’s funny quiz rounds to play with.
43. Who Won The Race
Ask players to choose a number between 1 and X.
At the answers reveal stage play a race video from YouTube and whichever number wins, gets the point.
Example of a T-Rex race here.
44. Whose Hat Is It Anyway?
Find famous people in hats, remove the celeb and guess the hat.
Heads to consider: Aladdin, Sherlock Holmes, Blossom and Queen Elizabeth.
45. Whose ‘Tache Is It Anyway?
Same as hats but with moustaches.
Taches to consider: Tom Selleck, Borat, Hulk Hoga, Lionel Ritchie and Pedro Pascal.
46. Whose Hair Is It Anyway?
Consider: Marge Simpson, Walter White, Jennifer Aniston, and Grace Jones.
Other ‘remove’ themes include guitars, houses, workout DVDs.
47. Yoga or Schmoga
Present a series of yoga terms mixed in with made up words and see if your friends know their cat cow from their cowabunga.
Unusual Quiz Rounds
48. Place Or P*ss Take?
Similar to Yoga or Schmoga, find unusually spelled or spoken town names, mix the questions up with absolute nonsense and let the players decide if it is a place or a p*ss take.
Check out this list of Welsh towns for starters.
49. Guess The Meet Cute
Everyone loves that scene when a couple meet for the first time.
Describe the meet cute and players guess the movie and actors.
50. Color Me Pretty
Players have to guess the colours for logos, sports teams, animals, lakes around the world, etc.
51. Literal Movie Names
Give movies a new name by describing what actually happens.
For example, man runs through life (Forrest Gump) or magic nanny entertains kids (Mary Poppins).
Interesting Quiz Rounds
52. Spelling Contest
It’s time to go back, way back, back to school for a spelling bee contest.
How many people can spell a lot?
53. What The Fuzz
Blur out iconic locations, famous door numbers, brand logos etc.
54. Who Said That?
Screengrab a tweet, Instagram or Facebook callout by a celeb or team players and then teams decide who said it.
Christmas Quiz Rounds
Here’s a fun four round festive quiz which you are free to use.
Let me know you if you use it!
- Decades, 90’s is our fave
- Celeb couples
- Celeb pets
- Celeb families
- Celeb through the ages
- TV shows and movies
- Zoom backgrounds – you can download 100 free here, or just go for our St. Patrick’s Day or Easter backgrounds
Dressing up is not optional!
- Food & Drink
- Geography, Location & Travel
- Art & Literature
Frequently Asked Questions
How many rounds in a quiz?
It’s entirely up to how much time you have to play the quiz rounds and how much interaction you will have with players.
How do you keep scores?
We prepare a table beforehand and write down the team names/members on the left hand column and create a grid with the quiz round ideas at the top.
Who does the marking?
We tend to work on a trust system where the players mark their own answers and message their results via text or private comment on Zoom.
Did you enjoy our ideas for quiz rounds? Tell us in the comments!