People were dancing on tables, the floor was covered in booze, and Mambo No.5 was blaring through the speakers; in other words, it was a regular night at Bongo’s Bingo. Despite having hosted countless artists from across the globe, the Tivoli was the rowdiest we had ever seen, just for a game of bingo.

 

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However, Bongo’s Bingo isn’t your traditional game of bingo, in a quiet room surrounded by elderly folk. This game involves lots of glitter, late 90s bangers and rave intervals. Bongo’s Bingo is a mix of a live show, a game of bingo, and a comedy show with heckling and other forms of audience participation encouraged. People from a range of demographics flock to Bongo’s Bingo for a night of incredible fun, nostalgia, and escapism.

Irishman Johnny Bongo is the reason for this debauchery, who started out running a pub quiz in Liverpool England. Eventually the traditional quiz became wilder once his friend, who ran a nightclub, suggested combining the two. Once this idea took off in 2015, it spread across Britain, then onto Europe, Dubai, and finally, Australia. Now, these shows get sold out within minutes and bring laughter, inappropriate gestures and raving competitions to cities across the globe.

 

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Within ten minutes of the game, people are dance battling, singing along to High School Musical’s “Breaking Free”, and screaming “BINGO”. The room lit up with vibrant, strobe lights giving off a strong nightclub vibe, the perfect environment to enjoy a beverage or two.

Similar to regular bingo, there are prizes involved, and no, they don’t include a meat tray or a gift voucher. Bongo’s Bingo is renowned for giving out prizes such as cardboard cut-outs of Justin Bieber, boxes of Coco Pops, stuffed animal toys, cash, and bottles of alcohol. So, whether you’re wanting to test your logic, or a night out with the pals, keep a lookout for the next time Bongo returns to Brissy, because this event is one you cannot miss!

 

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Stay tuned for their next event down under here, it is one you won’t want to miss.

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