- Last Exit
136 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Heights, 718-222-9198
There may be better-known bar trivia contests than Last Exit’s, but they have their drawbacks. At Pete’s Candy Store, you may end up pondering questions on the history of the G train; at the Baggot Inn, regulars who look like they’ve been bused in from a Star Trek convention will rack up astronomical scores as you struggle to I.D. the wives of losing nineteenth-century presidential candidates. Then there’s Last Exit, which offers a refreshingly anti-elitist game to artists, lawyers, and lushes of all ages at 9 p.m. every first and third Monday of the month. Teams of four or fewer pay $5 per person for a chance to win the whole pot ($240 last time we went) in ten rounds of five questions each. Topics range from History Channel borrowings to confidence-building pop-culture tidbits. But regulars keep coming back for recurring themes like “Canadian or Not Canadian?” (Joe Piscopo . . . not Canadian), and perennial favorite “Which of these is not an actual porno title?”
Best Distraction From Your Drink
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).