Bingo is a big part of British culture. Surely everyone has a grandparent that loves a night down the bingo?! In recent years however, bingo has been reignited for the younger generation. No longer a pensioner’s game, bingo has been modernised for us millennial’s, and transformed into a more raucous, entertaining version of this British pastime. With 21st century music, glorious prizes, hilarious games, show stopping performances, and outrageous comedy; bingo is back!
WHAT IS DABBERS?
Dabbers, located in Shoreditch, East London, is the most recent social bingo club to hit the scene and is the UK’s first permanent, modern bingo venue. During each week, there will be 12 different versions of the game on offer. From ‘high stakes bingo’ every Tuesday, that sees contestants battle it out for large cash prizes, to ‘bingo voyage’, where winners will win a holiday (this is definitely the game I will be returning for). There is also ‘vintage bingo’, which will offer a more traditional interpretation of the classic game, ‘family bingo’, ‘pick ‘n’ mix bingo’, and many more! Amongst all of the weekly bingo games, there are also a wide range of bingo events such as Speed Dating, LGBT cabaret shows, UV nights, and bottomless brunches!
I was invited by LovePopUps London to the press launch for their new Social Bingo evenings. Check out the launch video below!
As soon as you enter the venue, there is a definite party vibe. We were provided with prosecco, cocktails, and canapes on arrival, and mixed with people in the bar, before making our way downstairs into the bingo hall. Luckily, we were one of the first to arrive, so we managed to bag ourselves front row seats and ultimately a perfect view of the stage. Food and drink menus had been placed on our tables, along with our bingo cards, and of course, our dabbers!
The show started with a huge musical number, as singers and dancers appeared on stage warming up the audience for the night ahead. We were introduced to the striking ‘bingo blower machine’ which reminded me of the ball machine on the National Lottery. It was definitely cool to see the balls flying around inside and being sucked up into the tube where they were then picked and called out.
The bingo began and as each number was called, I began very competitively dabbing them off, line by line. My favourite gimmick to the game was the ‘Disco Ball’ element. There is music constantly playing in the background, on a volume low enough to hear the numbers being called (although there is also a large screen displaying the numbers in case you miss it), but every once in a while, if a special number is called out, there is a “disco ball’. Disco Balls require everyone on their feet as the music is turned up full blast, and chaos breaks out! One girl started doing the ‘slug’ across the floor, a dance off broke out on stage, and a guy walking (well, dancing) on his hands started making his way across the room! The disco balls definitely bring the party to life and are all well-known songs to ensure everyone can sing along. A good example is when the number 17 was called – of course that is an excuse for ABBA’s Dancing Queen to be played!
In the event of multiple players shouting ‘Bingo’ at the same time, there were mini games to determine the overall winner, including finalists wearing a Velcro suit and the audience throwing sticky balls at them, to a ‘shake off’ where three people had to shake beads from one container to another.
The finale was amazing – one of our hosts taught us a dance routine to the song ‘Copa Cabana’. I love to dance and attend classes in London, so I was in my element being taught an actual routine! Surprisingly, there were actually a lot of moves to remember. Everyone joined in and it was a great way to end such a fantastic, fun evening.
Dabbers is open every day of the week, in central London, a great location for after work activities, parties, or a night out with mates. I would definitely recommend it!
For more info and to book, check out their website here: Dabbers Bingo London
* I was invited to this press launch in exchange for a review. Views are my own.
Woah, this place looks like a blast! I’d love to go somewhere like this.
I actually don’t like party, but anyway thank you for share this
I used to go to Bingo ages ago. Great game. I honestly thought it had become a thing of the past. Happy to hear it’s alive and well.
Sounds super fun if I am ever in London!
I’d love to check out this bingo hall! So cool!
Oh my gosh that is incredible!! They really know how to do it up!!
I didn’t know that bingo is such a hit in the UK! The place looks awesome and fun!
I love London (the whole if UK in fact ?). If dream comes true, that is to visit London, I will make sure ti drop by this lively and vibrant place. ?
It looks like this is good for me as I always like to go to a party! Thanks for sharing.
This looks like so much fun!! I never knew that Bingo could look so fun!
What an interesting place to have fun! My mom loves bingo, maybe I should take here when we visit England.
WOW! This place looks like it’d be THE place to be in London.
This looks like fun, I remember seeing Bingo on tv, and being like, well at least the seniors have something to do, but it’s great to hear that it has been adapted for the younger crowd, I wouldn’t mind the voyage bingo, that could be a blast
I would love to visit Dabbers, a social club for bingo. Like you mentioned in the article, I grew up going to bingo halls with my grandmother.
Social Bingo?! Are you kidding? I grew up playing BINGO with my nanny in her church. What goes around, comes around– sounds so fun!
This sounds like so much fun!!!
I have never played Bingo but had so much fun reading your account of this fun night! The disco ball is really great as an idea to get people to shake a leg.