The uber-entertaining Mark Rego was seen back in action at Opus on the night of 19th December for a Christmas special edition of Booze and Brains.
Opus had a marathon week ahead of fun events for the festive season. They began their celebration in December and the night of 19th December was just another one of their classic, mad evenings
Christmas Opus style means Christmas Opus style - lots of eggnog and hot toddy, a five-foot beer bottle Christmas tree and wacky, Christmas-themed, hand-painted wall-art! Throw in great food and a fun game and you have a night to remember (or not).
So for those of you who haven’t heard of Booze and Brains before, we’d like to inform you that you’re socially dead. But since it’s Christmas, we’ll be benevolent and tell you; Booze and Brains is star emcee Mark Rego’s brainchild - a pop quiz night where your reputation, savings and alcohol all are at stake!
The rules are simple - every table is given the basic writing equipment for their answers (or random made-up words in many cases) and they have to compete with each other for honour, free booze and a cash prize.
True to its title, Booze and Brains ensures that you’ll need both booze and your brains to play. The game has multiple rounds – one more arbitrary than the next, but that still have people getting competitive despite themselves! One example is the “Listen Up!” round, in which audio clippings were played from random movies, ‘80s songs and maybe even TV shows that participants needed to identify accurately and another is the “Rapid Fire” round that turned out to be a lot of fire and some rapid cheating.
Contestants tried hiding smartphones under their tables and praying to the Google gods for instant knowledge and yet, by the end of the night, Reginald Dwight became better known as Santa Claus and Marzipan is, henceforth, made of ghee and milk! As the booze intake progressively increased the brains progressively left the building.
The rounds were interspersed with signature Opus music that had regulars on their feet (and tables), dancing and newbies abandoning all pretense of dignity to join in the madness. If you were passing by and heard a loud chorus of “we’re the happy table”, it’s because there was a “Happy Table” that would get happier by the end of night – as, if proven happiest, their drinks would be on the house.
This Booze and Brains session was different from the others not only for the Christmas themed questions but also because the incentives were a lot more attractive. Prizes were upped to a whopping Rs 5,000 for the first place and Rs 3,000 for the second place, with fancy gym gear thrown in as well.
The incredible Goan food, ambience and the boisterous crowd made it a night to remember. If you were one of the few left in Bangalore that weren’t at Opus last night, we recommend that you don’t miss this next time round!
Article written by Tamara Mathias and Saaniya Zaveri