Monday nights, Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. Free.
The deal: Head to Club Cafe on Monday for a night filled with free bingo boards, baskets of giveaway goodies, and a whole lot of eye-
liner. Ten-minute intervals of alternating music videos and rounds of bingo make for “a night for people to come in to socialize and relax with friends, and have fun playing a simple game,” says Constance Waverly, the host of the evening.
What to wear: Though Waverly is often decked out, the diva doesn’t require that everyone dress as flashily. “No dress code. Come as you are!”
Who goes there: “We welcome everybody, but our predominant audience is gay men,” says Waverly. “We get lesbians, we get a smattering of straight people, and we get a mix of friends and tourists, which is always fun.”
Three songs you’ll hear: Waverly keeps things fresh with a self-imposed rule to not play the same song two weeks in a row. On any given Monday, Club Cafe churns out “everything from Mae West up to the most hot, current video that’s out there,” she says. Expect a “very drag scene from the ’80s, lots of divas, lots of Cher, lots of Madonna.”
The tip: Come early and stay late (when the venue isn’t packed with eager players) for a better chance of winning. “One of my great wisdoms about bingo: When people get discouraged, I like to remind them that one does not lose at bingo; one just does not always win.”