Although this will only be the fourth drag queen bingo event in Pasadena, they have been doing it for 15 years in West Hollywood, and April marks their anniversary.
Bingo with the Boys! And make a charitable contribution at the same time and maybe win some great gift baskets from local businesses.
Drag queens and special guests do the number calling, with a number of semi-risque innuendos thrown in here and there, lots of whooping and hollering, and a victory run for the winners (you have to run around the restaurant while everyone pelts you with their crumpled up losing bingo sheets before you get your prize basket). They obtain prizes from local businesses (e.g., gift cert. from a restaurant, massages, DVDs, CDs, cosmetics, etc.). Seems like the prizes are better in WeHo but that's because they've been doing it so long, the businesses appreciate the advertising - hopefully as it gets more popular in Pasadena,they will get more prizes.
The $20 you pay for your bingo cards goes to charity - again in April it will be for the AIDS Service Center - http://www.aidsservicecenter.org/
Also, they will have Happy Hour prices all evening - 30% off food, and some discounted drinks. Their prices are not cheap but with 30% off it's a good deal, and the food is really delish!
In order not to have people signing up as maybes, I'm going to have everyone advance their $20 to me for the bingo cards, then I will pay for your cards the night of the event. SO YOU MUST PAYPAL ME YOUR $20 WHEN YOU SIGN UP - log in separately to Paypal in a new tab, choose "send money," enter $20 and my email, [masked], then click on the "personal" tab and choose "payment owed" so no fee will be deducted. If you need to send me a check or make other arrangements, let me know. If paying by Paypal, please pay immediately, if paying by check, please mail it by the day after you sign up.
Any questions, please let me know.
There is free parking on Lake (meters only go to 6:00); also free parking behind Ross, which is on the corner north of Magnolia, same side of the street - HUGE lot, there's a 2-hour limit until 7:00, so parking after 6:00 is fine, no charge.
I'll make the reservation for 6:30, please try to get there by 6:15 so we can get our food and drinks ordered before all the chaos starts. And it IS chaos! Crowded, people running around getting pelted by wadded up losing bingo cards, lots of suggestive comments and crowd responses. And the servers do the best they can, but keep in mind that everyone pretty much gets seated at the same time and orders at the same time (that's why I'm suggesting we get there early), so it's not always the usual attentive service you would expect.
One major bonus from this restaurant is that they will allow everyone to have a separate check!! Which makes it so easy for us, we don't have to keep track, divide it up, and calculate. But also keep in mind that most people leave immediately after the bingo ends, and pay their bills all at once. So if you can bring exact change in cash you won't have to wait for them to process your card along with 50 others.