Bingo may have a reputation as a game for the senior set, but D.C. bars know it only takes an open mind and a sense of humor to get just about anyone into the game. These bars offer Bingo Night, whether it be traditional-style, drag bingo, or with a specific spin (porchetta bingo, anyone?). Consider them for an unusual date night, a gathering with friends, or an alternative to the weekly trivia routine.
The place: Nellie's
900 U St. NW
When: Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m.
The deal: Before karaoke takes over, drag bingo takes Nellie's by storm. The event tends to attract regulars and often has a charitable component. Ba 'Naka and Sasha host.
The place: Shaw's Tavern
520 Florida Ave. NW
The deal: Shaw's Tavern occasionally hosts bingo nights with prizes, jello shots, and more, but they aren't on a set schedule. A worker told Eater the next one probably will take place in June; check their Facebook page for updates.
The place: Alphonse D.C.
1212 U St. NW
When: One Monday per month; the first will be May 23 from 7-9 p.m.
The deal: Alphonse is kicking off a new "Porchetta Bingo" night this month on May 23. They'll serve negronis, small prizes, and offer a full pound of porchetta as the grand prize.
The place: Freddie's
555 South 23rd St., Arlington, VA.
When: Wednesdays from 8-10 p.m.
The deal: Drag Bingo at Freddie's means drag queens, $6 burgers and other festiveness.
The place: Star & Shamrock
1341 H St. NE
The deal: Robbie's Bar Bingo is billed as an "irreverent' bingo night at this Atlas District haunt. Things kick off at 8 p.m.
The place: The BBQ Joint
2005 14th St. NW
The deal: Games start at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m. at this new bingo night in town.