Fans of io9's Sunday Puzzle column would do well to check out Puzzled Pint, a social puzzle-solving event that takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at bars and restaurants around the world.
Sez Wil Zambole, of the Chicago Game Control for Puzzled Pint:
I thought it might be of interest to your readers as well as yourself that there is a monthly pub trivia style event with puzzles (instead of trivia) that takes place in various cities in the US as well as England and Canada. It's called Puzzled Pint. It's a free event that has been hosted since 2010 and has grown to 13 cities.
Those cities include:
- Austin, Texas
- Bay Area, California
- San Francisco
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Brooklyn, New York
- Chicago, Illinois
- London, England, UK (choose Bubble or Squeak location)
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Portland, Oregon (choose Bridgetown or Stumptown location)
- Seattle, Washington
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Washington, DC
This is the first I've heard of Puzzled Pint (I've never been to one, and I can't speak to its quality), but its apparent success over the last four or five years is certainly encouraging, as are event descriptions like this one:
The Friday before each event, we post a location puzzle to this web site. The solution to that puzzle will lead you to a local pub/bar/restaurant in your city. Hints will be available here on the site, and you can also e-mail us with questions.
On the night of the event, show up at the specified pub in your city (some cities may offer a choice; details including event start time will be posted on the locations page). We'll have more puzzles for you to solve while you enjoy drinks and food. Most teams take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to solve a typical puzzle set. "Game Control" will be on hand to give hints and verify answers.
Zambole says attendees in different cities all work the same puzzles, and that the atmosphere is lighthearted and fun. Looking through Puzzled Pint's archive of past puzzles, it looks like most events follow some sort of theme (Greek myths, Back to the Future), which we can obviously get behind. The next event is tonight, Tuesday April 14th. Click here to try your hand at the location puzzle that will reveal the venue for your local event.