BINGO for the Gay Boys in Palm Spring
The Dueling Gay-Bingo Madness of Chill Bar vs. Score Game Bar
By Kevin Perry
“I love the smell of blotter ink in the morning. Smells like… victo—BINGO!”
It happens that quickly. One moment, you’re enjoying a lazy Saturday beverage on the proverbial lanai; the next, you’re celebrating a raucous alphanumerical triumph with your new Bingo BFFs. But this ain’t your momma’s parlor game (unless your momma erupted in naughty giggles whenever O-69 was called). The mid-day crowds on Arenas Road, Palm Springs fun gay bar district, are giving the much-maligned game a gay makeover #Gayover – join the festivities!
First stop: Chill Bar. Led with sassy exuberance by number-caller-in-chief Mo, this Bingo bonanza emanates from the bar, onto the sundrenched patio, and into the street below. Pay close attention, because Mo is a tommy gun of an emcee, doling out digits with a rat-a-tat rhythm that is as infectious as it is breakneck.
The games get quite complex, with gay-themed patterns like Top, Bottom, Vers and The Big Glory Hole. Lucky winners receive free drink tickets and every participant enjoys a free custom shot whenever the aforementioned O-69 is called. Now that’s reciprocity!
“It was the best of times, it was the worst o—BINGO”
Chill Bar | 217 E. Arenas Rd. | 760.327.1079
This truly is a tale of two Bingos, because directly across the parking lot from Chill Bar sits the Score Game Bar, the dive-y soul of Arenas raod. The drinks are cheaper, the clientele earthier, and the Bingo a bit more subdued in pace. You’ll have ample time to savor your beverage while grooving to an awesome jukebox selection, set to the tune of Bingo fever. If you’re fortunate enough to win, you can choose between drink specials and free scratch-off tickets; so if you hit the jackpot, you’ll walk away with something even more valuable than a simmering afternoon buzz.
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a—BINGO!”
OK, these interruptions are getting too intoxicating. It’s time for us to shut up and play. See you on the Bingo battlefield(s)!
Score: The Game Bar | 301 E. Arenas Rd. | 760.327.0753