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5 things we’ve missed about Bongo’s Bingo at Boiler Shop, Newcastle

Bongo’s returns after being put on hold during the pandemic, so the HLN team went along to let their hair down...

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 03.03.2022

Bongo’s Bingo might sound like a pastime for your nana, but it’s actually the night out of your dreams. Sick of the same old nights in town? Say hello to this weird, wacky and wonderful evening out that we can guarantee you won’t forget.

Think traditional bingo mixed with flowing drinks, cheeky dance-offs and a chance to win epic prizes. This wild, shared social extravaganza gives you nostalgic tunes and a chance to take home a giant pink unicorn, a Henry Hoover, a cardboard cut-out of a chosen celebrity and even (drum-roll, please) £1,000 in cash. Not bad, eh?

The best part? This big bingo bash is for everyone aged 18 to 92 – so the whole family can play and party together.

The award-winning Bongo’s Bingo, whose regular sell-out visits to Boiler Shop had to be put on hold during the pandemic, now have new dates lined up for 2022. So, naturally, we had to attend their grand opening to properly let our hair down.

These are all the things we hadn’t realised we’ve really missed…

The epic prizes 

They never get old. Bongo’s give out a whole range of weird and wonderful prizes. From Coco Pops and a bouncy hopper to bottles of alcohol and a cardboard cut-out of Bradley Walsh, you never know what you’re in for. And no words can describe being in that moment, surrounded by hundreds of people who are all equally as determined to win just one of these hilarious prizes. Plus, if you’re lucky enough to win a full house in the last round, you could be in for a chance of winning the jackpot of £1,000 – so your drinks will be covered for the rest of the night!



Nostalgic tunes  

There’s nothing better than busting some moves to a blast from the past on a night out. Of course, you’ll get energy-filled dance jams like Gala’s ‘Freed from Desire’, N-Trance’s ‘Set You Free’ and Alice DeeJay’s ‘Better Off Alone’; but the bizarre Bongo’s playlist mixes these in with all kinds of tunes, too. Whether it be classics from High School Musical, a cheeky bit of Westlife or Robbie Williams, some classic Queen or cracking Craig David, there’s always a top tune that we can all sing along to. Oh, and we definitely had a good ol’ knees up to ‘Cotton Eye Joe’.

Our true Geordie spirit

You just can’t help but smile and laugh at the madness going on around you. And there’s no better atmosphere for Bongo’s than a room filled with Geordies. As we’re known for our good sense of humour and love of partying, it was heart warming to see the true Geordie spirit back in full force after we’ve been isolated in our homes during the pandemic. From being invited up on stage for a dance-off to making best pals with the people on the table beside us, we’d missed those ultimate Geordie vibes.



Flowing drinks

From carafes of wine to pint-pitchers, Bongo’s know how to get the party started. These bevs are a great way to ensure that you don’t miss any important bingo playing while you queue to order your drinks. But if you’re like us and spill drinks over your bingo pad by the end of the night, maybe it’s best to just stick with some tinnies…

The venue

The thing we’ve missed the most is, of course, Boiler Shop itself. This unique, state-of-the-art venue is the perfect spot for Bongo’s: with tables set out banquet-style in long lines, bars on three sides and plenty of room to bust out our moves. With its industrial character and rugged charm, this location is a quirky backdrop for your selfies. From food festivals to live music events, we’ve never had a bad day or night out at Boiler Shop. We’re so pleased to see it back open.



To book your next Bongo’s Bingo visit their website

To see more events happening this month, visit Boiler Shop’s website and check out our What’s On Calendar

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