Have you ever tried bingo ? Don’t think it’s just for old ladies in the afternoon. It’s now a very popular activity for people of all ages and so simple. Edinburgh Spotlight recently tried out bingo at Mecca, Fountainpark to show an American friend how bingo is played in the UK.
We were warmly welcomed by the staff and given our free temporary membership card enabling us to play for the evening. Since the whole new modern bingo was new to us, it had to be explained how all the games worked and the best ones for us to join in with. We paid £6.40 for our evening’s bingo.
The supervisor/manager was extremely helpful to the 8 of us that were playing, all clearly novices with no idea how to operate the system. You basically had to put your card in, choose your screen colour and every time a number was called out, you had to hit the screen to register if you had that number.
You didn’t even need to hit the actual number that is called, just anywhere in the screen and if you have that number, it’s marked off for you – totally fool proof.
It was certainly easy and quick to play, but half the fun of ye olden bingo was trying to find the number which required total concentration. As soon as some has a line, it’s automatically called and again for a full house. The column in the middle tells you what numbers you require to be called to win and we had two winners amongst our group over the course of the evening.
The Mecca at Fountainbridge is a huge bingo hall with lots of tables and there are also gaming machines to play. There are bars to order drink and food, but the best thing of all is that you can also do it from your bingo screen as long as you have enough credit in your card.
The food is extremely cheap with some of our group ordering Scotch pie, beans and chips for £1.65 !! Lemon meringue pie was 99p and service was swift despite them saying it would be 20 minutes.
Definitely an interesting experience, playing modern bingo and I don’t know if I will return any time soon unless it was for a party or a hen night. I miss the old style of dabbing the numbers off and the nervousness of shouting ‘house’ and then getting the card checked whilst everyone else waits in anticipation and praying you got it wrong.
It’s certainly a quick and easy way to gamble away your pounds and a good social place for all ages. The staff at Fountainpark were extremely helpful to us, so a big Edinburgh Spotlight thank you to them.
Suitable for disabled ? Yes, full disabled access and toilets