When: Open daily (Mon – Wed, 12pm – 11pm; Thurs – Fri, 12pm – 1am; Sat – Sun, 11am – 1am)
Where: Dabbers Bingo, 13 – 22 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7DB
£: It costs from £7.50 to book for the shows
What is it?
The UK’s first modern bingo venue has opened in East London. Dabbers Social Bingo aims to reinvigorate an iconic British pastime, replacing cups of tea with cocktails, bingo callers with comedians, and dreary prizes with incredible experiences.
Whilst celebrating this classic British game with a new twist, Dabbers still hopes to remain true to the pastime’s cultural heritage.
Located a bingo ball’s throw from Liverpool Street station, Dabbers is designed to maximise the excitement of the game, from the moment guests arrive in the immersive lobby that features memorabilia, a bar, and live DJ sets. Guests are invited to collect their bingo cards from the friendly staff at the box office and grab a drink with friends, before descending into the bingo arena itself.
Depending on your dabbing style, get in the thick of it and make new friends on the social bingo tables, or take a seat on the sidelines at a banquette table for a more intimate affair. For an extra exclusive evening, guests can hire one of the Baller Booths and receive a free bottle of fizz on arrival. There’s also a custom-made bingo blower machine that promises pyrotechnics, dazzling lights and an incredible sound system.
A varied roster of shows, to suit most tastes, will take place in the evenings throughout the week. For a retro flavour there’s Vintage Bingo on Tuesday nights (hosted by old school veteran callers), and Bingo Voyage on Fridays featuring an exclusive weekend away as the main prize. Energetic eccentrics will love Disco Bingo on Saturday nights drenched in UV lights, or there’s a more chilled Family Brunch bingo on Sunday lunchtimes, hosted by crowd pleasing comics, cheeky enough to entertain the little ones.
A ‘Well Rounded Menu’ with a contemporary take on all things round, from melon balls wrapped in ham to round waffles with apple crumble and cinnamon sugar will be available; alongside a drinks menu featuring craft beers, creative cocktails and wine. Guests can tuck into treats as they play, with drinks and dishes served at the table, ensuring that all eyes are kept firmly on the bingo.
More info: dabbers.bingo