365 Things to Do in Memphis #199: Play British Bingo
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 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.
Bingo Night at the Brass Door Tavern
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.