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18th July 2022

The Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz UK Dates Announced

The Thinking Drinkers – the UK’s leading drink educators and entertainers – are back with a huge UK tour kicking off at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on the 5th August 2022.

Returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Underbelly Ermintrude for the 10th successive year before hitting theatres across Britain, the cutting-edge pioneers of alcohol-based comedy will be performing the newest and much-anticipated version of their “Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz” – a highly-acclaimed show that gets the rounds in….in more ways than one.

An ideal aperitif to any night out and the greatest value-for-money show around, the “Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz” gives each and every audience member FIVE FREE discerning drinks alongside lots of laughter and learning.

Armed with their “Drink Less, Drink Better” mantra, Sandham and McFarland shall be filling audiences’ glasses with a legendary lager from German brewers Krombacher, a phenomenally fruity British gin from Brockmans, , the sensational Venezuelan sipping rum that is Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, an iconic Scotch whisky from Johnnie Walker, a beautifully balanced Kentucky straight bourbon from the geniuses at Elijah Craig in the USA and a luxury mixer from The London Essence Co.

Having become disillusioned with dull drinks tastings back in 2010, Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland have broadened the booze horizons of more than 150,000 audience members and their latest stage show distils all the best aspects of the iconic British pub quiz into a genuinely unique, and memorable imbibing experience.

As theatre-goers compete head-to-head, with a quiz sheet and pencil in one hand – and a selection of delicious discerning drinks in the other – the award-winning alcohol experts and drinks historians embark on a hilarious exploration of alcohol’s influence on every aspect of humanity.

Ben McFarland said: 

“The pub quiz is an iconic intellectual, elbow-bending institution but we’ve made it better – covering geography and language to history, religion, music, film and, most crucially, the intricate mating habits of a German butterfly.

“Even if you don’t like pub quizzes, and even if you’re a bit thick, you’ll have a great time trying some dazzling drinks and may even win some prizes.”

Tom Sandham added:  

“Some people reckon that drink can decrease the number of brain cells but our Pub Quiz is sure to perk up your prefrontal cortex and increase them…probably.

“While everyone enjoys a quality collection of complimentary drinks, we’ll be taking everyone on an entertaining, intoxicating journey through history – while putting them through an extremely thorough quizzical.”

So, come slide gently onto the bar stool of drinking discovery as we prove, once and for all, that many of life’s most important – and utterly irrelevant – questions can be found at the bottom of a glass.

The Thinking Drinker Pub Quiz 

UK Tour Dates 2022/2023:  

Underbelly Ermintrude, Bristo Square, August 5th – 29th 2022

8th September, Milton Keynes

10th September, Worcester 

17th September, Birmingham 

22nd September, Exeter 

23rd September, Taunton 

30th September, Chipping Norton 

14th October, Mountsorrel 

21st October, Selby 

22nd October, Barnsley 


4t November, Wycombe 

18th November, Bristol 

4th December, Isle of Wight 

15th December, Wolverhampton 

10th March, Pendle 

11th March, Oldham 

Tickets available: 

For more information visit or follow on Twitter @thinkingdrinks and Instagram @thinkingdrinkers

What the critics say:

“For serious and not so serious devotees of legal recreational consumables, the ‘Thinking Drinkers Guide’ is your bible” Dan Aykroyd

“The most entertaining free drinks event I’ve ever been to” Dom Joly

‘An erudite, liquor-loving duo’ Metro

‘Pioneers of alcohol based comedy’ Sunday Times

‘There’s no more discerning way to fall off the wagon’ Time Out

‘An intoxicating success…as interesting as it is hilarious’**** Sunday Express

“Great fun as well as informative, and at times completely mental”

“Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham illuminated, educated and intoxicated the crowd. The show is both hugely funny and genuinely fascinating” The Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★

“This is brilliant. I love this show.” The Skinny ★★★★

“A terrific show. And in these austere times, it has to be the best VALUE FOR MONEY in town. ★★★★ The Scotsman

“Fantastic drinks, with fascinating discussion from funny people” Three Weeks ★★★★

Press release from The Thinking Drinkers