The word on the street in 2018 was that bingo was making a comeback in full force. With Dabbers opening in December, that couldn’t be more accurate. From drag bingo to brunch bingo and everything in between, the capital has been swept by this old times’ craze. But don’t let us tell you this, let the team behind Dabbers demonstrate it. Their 21st century upgrade of the beloved classic has reinvented the game hall, creating a modern experience fueled by endless ballistic puns. If your New Year’s resolution to have more fun, this is a good place to start.
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
Opening Hours: Mon – Wed 5pm-11pm; Thurs – Fri 5pm – 1am, Sat – 11:30am – 1am, Sun 11:30am – 11pm
With a nod to ages of bingo’s past, the hall is decorated with an eclectic mix of bingo hall staples, immersing visitors in nostalgic from the moment they step in. The upgrade, however, lies in the UV lights and disco vibes! With over 40% of bingo halls across the UK closing in recent years, the British pastime’s edgy makeover is helping it find an afterlife in the heart of the social East End. With long tables where you can rub “bingo wings with new friends”, the set-up can be either an opportunity to have a ball (or two) with strangers, or it can even be a more private team effort in the ballers booths. With 12 different games a week focusing on all the things you can possibly think of, there’s something for everyone: from children’s versions, to Bon Voyage Bingo and it’s tempting prizes, to speed dating – anything goes!
DJs and comedians are thrown into the mix to spice up the game and get the proverbial balls rolling. If Dry January, Veganuary, or any kind of annual abstinence isn’t for you, even better! To deliver its ‘theatrical drinking and dining experience’, Dabbers promises a game show atmosphere followed by, quite literally, a “well-rounded menu”, featuring all the spherical food we can think of and more, to be followed by a generous selection of cocktails and beers. With all this on offer, you’ll understand why grandma was always out on those bingo nights…
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