Category Archives: Tolbooth Tavern

Sunday 5th May 2019

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: Whitney Houston (music round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: Wasp (pic round)

Nice and calm at the Percy this week cos the Hibees are not at home, they’re away playing Rangers in Glasgow. Suits me.

Also, there’s a ninety quid pot bubbled up some come and get a face full of cash at the Persevere.

You can also get your dinner there; the food looks pretty good.

Meanwhile at The Tolbooth, we’re well into tourist season which means there’s usually an American team to take the piss out of. Happy days! (For the hard-of-thinking, the previous line is a JOKE.) Americans are welcome and respected).

And even though the the Rubber Gun Squad may be there tonight, they’ll be an easier team than usual to beat because they’ll glued to the World Snooker Championships final.

You know, I actually had a list round out with me the other week where I was going to ask to name any five quarter-finalists from last year’s snooker world championships.

But looking around the room, I realised that there was not one single team who looked liked they cared about snooker enough to really know what it is, let alone answer the question.

So I dropped the question. Was I right? Or are you all secret snooker fans? Let me know in the comments or approach me at the quiz with the word “I like snooker too actually”.

We’ll see.

Anyway, if you are coming tonight (to the quiz) you’ll need the free answers – here’s the music round cheat for tonight’s quiz at the Persevere:

Crushing pop in 1987

Wow! It’s Whitney Houston when she was the Queen of Pop Music.

Anyway, come and join us at the quizzes tonight. You’ll love it.

See you at the quiz tonight.

Dr Paul

Foul Moputhed Lionel Richie

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Sunday Night Out At The Quiz

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: PJ Harvey (music round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £150. Cheat: Babylon 5 (pic round)

A hundred and fifty quid? You could buy twelve packs of Cunto Cards for that

Here is the music round cheat info: a clip from tonight’s music round at the Persevere:

FACT: PJ Harvey has an MBE for services to music and she is still the only artist (so far) to win the Mercury Music Award twice.


Hope to see you at the quizzes tonight.

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PS – I miss this badge. It broke. AKB stands for AW Kunts Barry which equates to the Tits/Willies team at the Percy.

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Half-Term Quiz Machine

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: The War On Drugs (music round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: Washington DC (pic round)

It’s half-term. That will mean nothing to many of you, but for those of use with kids it means a different kind of week.

Like everything in the world, it’s almost impossible to classify this as either fully “good” or “bad”.

Plus side: No hauling out of bed in what feels like the middle-of-the-night, just to fulfill the school’s totally arbitrary “start time”, and all the pain that involves.

Plus side: No homework, and all the pain that involves.

Minus side:

Why are you still here?

Why can’t I get on with any of my stuff?

Why do you need everything done for you?

Sure, it feels like bad parenting but yes you can watch Netflix for the next three hours if it means I can get anything done at all.

When are you back at school?



Obviously, this has got little to do with the quiz except to say I might be slightly more disorganized than usual for the coming week’s super quiz events.

Why am I telling you? Maybe I’m trying to pre-secure some forgiveness.


The War On Drugs is a good name for a band. I like it. It could mean the conventional meaning: a war AGAINST drug proliferation. You could read it like you’re AT war and ON drugs.

Who knows?

By the way, I love all the people that come to the quiz. Here are a few teams from the Tolbooth Tavern:



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Sunday Night Pub Quizzes In Edinburgh

I give you…. my Sunday quizzes. You are welcome. Your family is welcome. Bring ’em all.

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: One of the music round answers is Reel 2 Real. See vid below for the tune.

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £120. Cheat: One of the picture round answers is Frank Turner.

Isn’t Real 2 Reel brilliant? Isn’t ‘I Like To Move It’ it the greatest song ever written? Isn’t Mad Stuntman pure barry? If you disagree, you must come to the quiz so that we may FIGHT.

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Sunday Service: Pub Quiz For Your Pleasure

Think about pleasure. What does it mean?

Does it mean a walk in the countryside? Maybe. But with those midgies and lack of toilet facilities? Maybe not.

rubbish countryside
The Countryside: Rubbish

Does it mean sex? Maybe. But with those performance issues and gender politics? Maybe not.

Does it mean humping the opposition at pub quiz? Of course it does. Get your shot of pleasure. Tonight:

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: the music round includes an act named 5 Seconds of Summer. See vid below for the tune. It’s some weepy-weepy snowflake boyband shit.

8pm – The Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: The picture round includes the answer Apocalypse Now. It’s a film about th Vietnam War. It’s supposed to be genius but the only time I saw it I fell asleep. I’m not saying it’s a bad film, it’s just a bit long and I was a bit knackered.

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Sunday Gives and Never Takes

Sunday’s like your friend who brings you biscuits and coke when you are depressed. Sunday is nice.

The Persevere, 6pm

Easter Road is the location, the Percy is the venue and you can meet lots of local celebrities when you come to the quiz, such as The Plebs, Blue Fox Tuesday and The Chameleons.

Jackpot: The aforementioned Chameleons won the money last week, so we are back down to £30.

Cheat: The music round includes the B-52s performing ‘Rock Lobster’. First single I bought, as it happens. You can hear the song by clicking the video at the bottom of this post.

Tolbooth Tavern, 8pm

Halfway down the Canongate lurks the Tolbooth. If you can find it, you’ll enjoy it. Sunday smells like success.

Jackpot: Unusually, we have a bit of a rollover: it’s £90 tonight

Cheat: The picture round tonight includes the answer The Legend of Zelda. It’s something to do with computer games.

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So how about that video. Yes, it’s coming up in a second. I just want to first say how much I love the B-52s.

“I love the B-52s.”

There you go.

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Would You Do A Runner For £20?

Now, we’re not sure if the Australian girls at the Tolbooth the other night were trying to do a runner or not but when they suddenly got up to leave at the end of the music round, I was surprised (they’d been doing well in the quiz and clearly enjoying it up to this point).

So why leave now?

They seemed to be moving towards the front door somewhat hastily. They seemed a little flustered.

Now, to get out the front door of the Tolbooth they have to go past me and, as I prefer to do when someone is leaving, I engaged them rather than ignored them. The idea is that maybe I’ll find out why they didn’t fancy finishing the quiz, perhaps give them a voucher for next time, etc.

Anyway, I stopped them to chat. The apparent reason they needed to “catch a bus”.

A bus? To where? To Australia? From the Canongate?

Anyway, they would have been away, out the door and up the road if I hadn’t stopped them for a word, and this gave Nick the bar chief JUST enough time to notice who they were.

“Ahh – excuse me ladies…” he says “…don’t you still need to pay for your food?”


Ahhh, they had ‘forgotten‘ about the macaroni and cheese (which is suspicious in itself, seeing as how the Tolbooth mac-and-cheese is of unforgettable quality.

So they paid, of course (by card) and left. I was left chatting with Nick about whether they meant to do a runner or not.

Of course, there’s no way we could be sure but we reckoned about 70 per cent “Yes”. We’ll never know.

What’s the best runner you’ve ever pulled?

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Sunday Sunday 17th April

As the dust settles on the weekend, it’s time for you to step up and earn four hundred pounds in the next few hours. Make it so.

Persevere, 6pm

Jackpot: £180

Cheat:One of the music round hits is Electrique Boutique. Who they? I don’t really know to be honest. Pretty obscure but the song was a one hit wonder in 1999. See music video below

Tolbooth Tavern, 8pm

Jackpot: £220 – the biggest pot of the week

Cheat: One of the answers is “Marlin

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