Bingo’s not just for old folks

Bingo rocks when it’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo.

The folks at Lone Star have created a wildly popular version of the octogenarians’ favourite game, and it draws crowds of all ages, keen to test their knowledge of music through the decades.

They’ve stripped the numbers off the regular bingo cards and replaced them all with names of bands and artists. The bingo-master then plays short clips of music and players must punch out the band they think the tune corresponds to.

“It was a logistical nightmare trying to create the cards so that each one was different, but we got there in the end and it’s a pretty cool evening now. If you don’t get here by 8pm you won’t get a seat on the deck,” enthuses Lone Star manager Scott McLane.

There is no way to prevent people using apps such as Shazam, so instead they decided to encourage it, adds Scott. “Cheating is perfectly legal and you can bribe people as much as you like if you think they know the answer,” he says. “The music spans the age of rock and roll from the 1950s to yesterday, so you want to keep an eye out for people of different ages who can help you with the answers.”

The bingo kicks off at 8pm sharp and the first card is free, which is valid for all five rounds. If you want to double your chances of winning, however, you can purchase a second card for $5. There are prizes at the end of every round, which might include your bar tab being covered, free appetisers or some kind of Jim Beam paraphernalia.

Because Thursday is a school night for most, things wrap up shortly after 10pm, to ensure everyone can be home and in bed before the bewitching hour.