Children in the Old West learned to spell and count by playing bingo, which is why so many towns in California sport names such as G46 and B12. Yell about future city names with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a bingo outing for two at B&G Bingo (up to a $33 value). The outing includes:
- $20 worth of bingo and games
- Two soft drinks (a $2 value each)
- Any two menu items (up to a $4.50 value each)
For 31 years, B&G Bingo has been proclaiming number-letter combos that elicit excitement and triumphant cries from card-bearing competitors. With a rabbit's foot or a fresh four-leaf-clover tattoo imparting luck, players can bond over the beauty of easy-to-learn rules before declaring their winner-take-all ambitions and furiously flinging chips all the way to the jackpot. Ten-minute intermissions allow bingo enthusiasts to visit the deli and discuss strategies over Three Sisters sandwiches stuffed with turkey, bacon, and ham ($4.50 each) or chili-cheese-topped Tom Sawyer hot dogs ($2.50 each). Splits, workups, and progressive payloads spice up sessions with bigger bounties, and variations on the original game’s pattern—such as small crazy kite, reversible checkmark, and turbulent vortex of despair—keep markers from getting restless and jumping onto someone else's bingo card. Game cards range from $2 to $6 each, and the club's 15 weekly sessions provide plenty of playtime.
With sessions held every day of the week, winning a jackpot is almost always possible at B&G Bingo. The bingo hall has been open for 35 years, and though the name of the game has remained the same, the organization has adopted several modern conveniences, including electronic packages, a full-service deli, and rewards cards for frequent visitors.