Bingo is one of Canada’s favourite pastimes. With the rise of online bingo more people than ever are getting into the game, but many still love the social aspect of visiting a casino hall, chatting with their fellow gamers and grabbing a bite to eat while playing. Here are some of Canada’s best and most popular bingo halls to visit and celebrate the bingo community spirit.
1. Planet Bingo
Based in Vancouver, Planet Bingo is a bingo player's paradise, open day and night for whenever the bingo bug bites. The action is spread over three floors and offers traditional paper bingo or hi-tech electronic versions. If you want to eat, there are plenty of options in the food court. You can make large group bookings or even book an entire floor for a private function like an office party.
2. Chances Maple Ridge
Chances is a casino that has lots of slots and traditional gambling tables. It also sports a state-of-the-art bingo hall with touch screen bingo and helpful attendants on hand to show you how to use them. Of course, there is also traditional paper bingo – if it ain't broken, don't fix it. Chances bingo hall is only open a few days each week, so make sure to plan ahead.
3. Zelda’s Dirty Bingo at Church St. Garage
This Toronto establishment runs every Monday night, hosted by local drag queens Lena Over and Gloria Hole, an occasionally D'Amanda DManda Tension. The bingo calls are usually wicked and twisted, so bashful bingo fans may want to avoid. For those that go and enjoy the fun, know that the funds from the game are donated to a number of charities.
4. Croatian Cultural Centre
This Vancouver-based centre runs bingo games every Wednesday and Friday evening, with two halls that can seat up to 1,000 people. The fast and friendly bingo service runs a number of special games during the evening, with the early bird game starting at 18:30. There is plenty of free parking and a restaurant for an early evening meal before the game kicks off.
5. Ultimate Bingo
The most exciting bingo hall in Ontario is a family-owned affair in North York. There is guaranteed to be a big winner during every gaming session, with daily jackpot amounts posted on the website. These have been known to reach up to a whopping $20,000. There are a number of different bingo programs on throughout the day, with the occasional Monster Bingo event. Ultimate Bingo uses high-definition displays and the latest handheld verifiers for a smooth bingo experience.
6. Playtime Gaming Victoria
Playtime has a mix of electronic bingo and traditional paper games, with four sessions every day. There are 195 electronic terminals and over 110 traditional seats, so you and your friends will be sure to find a space. Playtime has regular promotions for gamers and has linked up with Coasters Express cafe to offer drinks and snacks for bingo goers, with the chance to win a free meal during the game.
7. Delta Bingo Halls
Delta has 18 locations spread out over Canada and the United States, paying out over $35 million in monthly prizes. The bingo hall on St. Clair, Toronto is open all day every day, with six sessions throughout the day from 10am until 1am. There are a number of jackpots to play for, including Early Bird, Super Jackpot and the Bonanza, which is over $9000.
8. Tri-City Bingo Palace
Port Moody’s biggest bingo venue truly is a palace, with lots of games offers over several days during the week. One of the biggest draws to this bingo hall is the close-knit community comprised of regulars who have been playing here for decades. Join them for tips on how to play and fun chat in between the bingo calls.
9. Gull and Firkin Dirty Bingo
Another fixture on the bingo circuit in Toronto, this British-themed pub and eatery on Queen Street East holds its dirty bingo every Wednesday night. Host Christina will have you laughing with her salacious bingo calls, with the entry fee going towards fundraising activities. The pub has a great range of drink and food offers to enjoy while you score your numbers off.