Top games nights
Play around, the late-night way.
Mon May 2 2011
Le Bingo and Monday Night Bingo
These weekly gay bingo nights reel in the crowds with free admission, drink specials and wacky prizes. Wisecracking host, drag queen and former TONY staffer Linda Simpson calls the numbers at Le Bingo, where drink specials are chosen by spinning the Wheel of Fortune. At Monday Night Bingo, she's joined by the inimitable Murray Hill to dole out dirty jokes and a cash jackpot. Le Bingo: (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St (212-505-3474, lprnyc.com). Sat 7pm * Monday Night Bingo: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery between Bleecker and Houston Sts (212-614-0505). Mon 7:30pm * Free, bingo cards $2.
At Skee-Ball--themed Full Circle Bar, even the bar top is constructed from old Skee-Ball machine parts. Up front, a monitor shows a live feed of the action on the three ramps in the back, where you can roll with friends—beer in hand—for $1 a game, or free between 6--10pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Competitive types take note: Full Circle hosts the only national Skee-Ball league; register a team of three at brewskeeball.com. 318 Grand St between Havemeyer St and Marcy Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-725-4588, fullcirclebar.com)
Clams Casino and Neil O'Fortune keep everyone guessing at this pop-culture-driven live game show. Contestants are made up of audience members and invited guests; past appearances have been made by Randy "Cowboy" Jones, Martha Plimpton and Zach Galifianakis. (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St (212-505-3474, lprnyc.com). Third Thursday of each month 8pm; $5.
This London import pops up roughly once a month somewhere in Brooklyn, mashing up bingo with loud music and encouraging participants to draw on one another's bodies. Despite the raucous atmosphere, the rules of the game are properly enforced; pity the player who mistakenly calls bingo, as they will be booed off stage to the sound of Ludacris's "Move Bitch" or similarly humiliating exit music. Location and time vary; visit rebelbingo.com for details; $15, advance tickets available through rebelbingo.com.
The Big Quiz Thing
TONY copy chief Noah Tarnow is the producer and quizmaster for this night of edutainment that boasts all the clever trivia (and cash prizes) of a televised game show—live! When you're stumped on a question, go for the Smart-Ass Point: If both host and crowd find your wrong answer amusing, you get a point anyway. Location varies; visit bigquizthing.com for details. Next event: Drom, 85 Ave A between 5th and 6th Sts. Monday, May 9 at 7:30pm; $10.