Like a kid called to the front of the classroom to solve a math problem, the packed tables inside East Village Food Bar all shared a quiet desperation for answers. Answers to odd question like, Where is the world's oldest zoo, or What was last week's most-watched TV show?
Groups participating in the bar's Tuesday night Team Trivia sought rewards for having the most obscure knowledge and, perhaps more entertainingly, the best dumb answer - all in good fun, of course.
"When we first started [trivia] in April, it was just us and a few friends, but you see how it's grown," said co-organizer Dannon Unsdorfer.
There's always something going on at East Village, and the varied daily events at the gay- and lesbian-friendly bar draw an eclectic crowd. Just to name a few, the pub features drag shows on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays, live bands on Saturdays and burlesque shows on third Fridays.
During after-work hours, music videos grace East Village's many flat-screen TVs while diners enjoy cocktails and quiet conversation. The bar shares the laid-back vibe of former tenant Union Station, as well as the same owner.
"We're really more of a neighborhood corner bar," said general manager Nicole Simmons.
The remodeled space features a hushed flair. Protruding soft boxes cast yellow light across the bar onto small circular tables and bourbon-colored wood floors. The walls reveal exposed brick, mosaic tile, lush drapes and a rotating collection of art.
The bar features a small but decent wine selection and a short list of standard-issue martinis (from $7.25). Some draft options include PBR, Mich Ultra ($3) and Stella ($3.75), while bottled beer highlights consist of Bell's Two Hearted Ale ($4) and Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde ($5).
Daily food and drink specials help drum up additional loungers, like Wednesday's $5 appletinis and $7 burger 'n' fries or Friday's $5 Smirnoff cosmopolitans.
East Village's pizzas draw most diners' attention. Jalapeo peppers, ground beef and an enchilada sauce make the Mariachi Pizza ($12.50) enticing, while vegetarians will be pleased with options like the Apple + Brie Walnut Pizza or Margarita Pizza ($12).
Other than the Black Bean Burger ($9.50), Turkey Burger and the Barbeque Chicken Wrap ($9), the menu is mostly basic pub grub with a little extra TLC.
East Village Food Bar
630 N. High St., Short North
4 p.m.-12 a.m. Tuesday
4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday
4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday: $2 select beers, $3 well drinks, $5 quesadillas