Occasion evaluation: Bongo’s Bingo Halloween Particular at Metal Yard, London

Bongo’s Bingo is completely and totally bonkers. No less than that’s how I felt as I left the venue at 10:30 pm lined in wine and grinning like a Cheshire cat.

I first heard about Bingo’s Bingo from some Scouse buddies who had been raving about how a lot enjoyable that they had. It began in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, the place Jonny Bongo (actual identify Jonny Lacey) and Joshua Burke hosted their first evening of alcohol-fuelled bingo.

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Foolish leisure at Bongo’s Bingo

Whereas bingo is the central theme (with some nice prizes on provide), it’s extra of an leisure present than the rest, with a lot of dancing by the hosts and viewers alike.

The occasion is so fashionable that it now excursions the nation – and even additional afield – together with residencies in Ibiza and Australia. In addition to customary bingo nights, Bongo’s Bingo additionally hosts themed nights, and we determined to participate of their Halloween particular in London.

The occasion

The Halloween Particular was hosted over two nights, and we attended on Friday 1st November at Metal Yard, a cavernous vaulted nightclub situated beneath the railway arches of London’s Cannon Road.

The format is pretty easy: rows of tables are specified by entrance of a stage with a TV display behind it. As you enter the venue you might be offered with a bingo e book and pen, and then you definitely simply plonk your self down at any desk, having bought your drinks for the evening. We opted for a bottle of wine, classily decanted right into a plastic bottle with plastic cups. We’d be taught why this was a good suggestion afterward…

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There was effort on Halloween costumes (c) Lucy Woods

Numerous folks had made the hassle to decorate up in full Halloween gear. Zombies, prisoners in orange jumpsuits, mad hatters and clowns had been all crammed onto tables.

A nine-minute countdown began on the display and “The Last Countdown” tune blasted by means of the audio system. Everybody stood up on the benches and began dancing, and this to be the primary of many desk dances all through the night.

The legendary Bongo was absent from our occasion and as an alternative, the evening was hosted by Matty Powers, who stormed on to the stage dressed as Slimer from Ghostbusters, accompanied by his two stunning assistants (aka bearded males in clothes): Keen Tina and Soiled Debbie.

The MC introduced that it was “time to play for a cheeky line…a bingo line that’s”, and proceeded to clarify the foundations. We had been to play eight rounds of bingo, all following the identical guidelines – one thing to do with finishing a line, two traces or a full home. When you may have crossed out all the suitable numbers you shout “Bingo!”, and head to the stage to assert your prize.

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You may win your very personal cardboard cut-out of Will Smith (c) Lucy Woods

A few of the extra ridiculous prizes for the evening included a life-size cardboard cut-out of Will Smith, a Chucky Doll and a Henry Hoover in spooky Halloween inexperienced. When you accomplished a ”full home” there have been some fairly good money prizes on provide as effectively.

Each time somebody shouted out “Bingo!” music would play and we’d all be on our toes dancing on the benches (and later tables). If two people shout “Bingo!” on the similar time they had been invited to the stage for the final word dance-off.

The accompanying songs had been largely nineties and noughties classics, full with the suitable music video taking part in within the background. Keen Tina and Soiled Debbie carried out some spectacular dance strikes and had been stuffed with beans all through the evening.

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Enjoyable with coco pops at Bongo’s Bingo

At one stage, a bingo winner was offered with a number of bins of coco pops, which she preceded to bathe onto the viewers like sticky, chocolate rain. By this time our desk was swimming in each coco pops and wine (a results of plastic cups falling over because the tables vibrated from all of the dancing). Our bingo booklets had been additionally trying somewhat worse for put on.

Verdict

At no level did the night lull. The vitality and enthusiasm within the room had been fabulous, and we had been unhappy when the ultimate bingo spherical got here to an finish. Admittedly, it’s in all probability not the perfect sober occasion, and there may be loads of swearing and a striptease or two. So if that’s not your factor, in all probability finest to keep away from.

I might extremely suggest this to anybody in search of a enjoyable group exercise. It was all very foolish, however extremely enjoyable.

I need to e book tickets for the London present. When is the following one?

Bongo’s Bingo can be internet hosting their Christmas particular at The Grand in London Clapham on three consecutive Fridays beginning on sixth December.

On the similar venue, they’re additionally internet hosting a festive particular, Bongo and & The Beast, from 28th to 30th December.


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