Hattie Lloyd 16/03/20
Looking for a new night out that combines dazzling multi-sensory effects, top-shelf cocktails and a light dusting of high-stakes competition?
No, really, it’s bingo. Because Hijingo has catapulted the game into the 21st century, combining a cool, futuristic aesthetic with a 360º sound system and amazing prizes.
It’s brought to you by an entertainment dream team made up of one part Adam Breeden (who brought the world Bounce and Puttshack), and one part James Gordon (co-founder of Rebel Bingo). Together, they’ve hit upon a recipe for a really different night out that combines music, food and drink with competitive thrills that’s a genuinely even playing field, since it requires absolutely no prior knowledge or sporting prowess.
The neon-lit space can hold up to 200 people at once, making this a game of epic proportions. Inspired by the Blade Runner aesthetic, it’s been lavished with fluorescent-hued lights, urban graffiti murals, and high-octane A/V provided by The Experience Machine (who have previously worked created stage shows for the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga). LED displays flicker and pulse alongside long, communal tables as you play, with an electric atmosphere provided both by the music and the charismatic bingo caller up on stage.
Games are available to play as one-offs, or in pairs of half-hour rounds separated by a short interval. Which gives you the perfect opportunity to refuel on one of their eight house cocktails, like the smoking Reality Check with rum, mezcal and pineapple vermouth alongside coconut water; or the fluffy Go Figure, with whisky, fig and hickory-smoked maple. Plus, you can order a whole host of street food snacks to your table, including Korean Fried Chicken, pork katsu bagels, miso mushroom hot dogs, a sweet potato pan-Asian poutine, and aubergine wings.
Bingo wings, if you will.
NOTE: Hijingo is open Thursday to Sunday. Games cost from £11pp, and you can book right HERE.
Hijingo | 90 Worship Street, Ec2A 2BA
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90 Worship Street, Liverpool Street, EC2A 2BA
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