365 Things to Do in Memphis #199: Play British Bingo

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 17th 2012 2433 0

What's easier than trivia night, but more fun than just sitting at a bar? Assignment #199 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis: Bingo night at the Brass Door.

Bingo card, Brass Door, Memphis, Tenn.

Bingo in England has a different (and much cooler) reputation than American bingo. There, it's more like pub trivia than a geriatric good time. The game is played differently, too.

The host (in the Brass Door's case, an Englishman named Dave) calls out numbers, usually preceded by some sort of rhyming words or British slang (for example, "Legs 11" and "Was she worth it 76", a reference to the cost of a marriage license in the UK). When number is called, players mark it off in the appropriate section of their cards. To win, you have to have every number marked off.

There are six rounds, and the prizes are Brass Door Bucks, which are good for food and drinks.

The Brass Door's bingo night started in March and has become a fun, low-key way to spend Wednesday evenings. Since the bar is non-smoking, all ages are welcome and – as a bonus – wine is $3 during bingo night.

Go there:

Bingo Night at the Brass Door Tavern
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

152 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 572-1813


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Weezer says:

    That sounds cool, Trivia can get esoteric.  We've been playing a lot of Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan at my house this summer.  Cribbage is making a come back too, it's a great game for grade schoolers.

  2. bingo lover says:

    and a quick tip from an English bingo player for when you are playing with lots of cards at once – listen out for the rhyming slang, learn a little of it, then it gives you time to quickly scan down each column for lots of cards all at once…the 10s, 20s, 30s etc. are in separate columns up to 90
    it may look a different game, but the patterns are easy once you see them…and don't forget to shout house at the top of your voice in a nice English accent 😉

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