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Beyond drag queen brunches, drag queen bingo is coming in to its own in Austin with many of your not-so-typical venues bringing in local queens to host a bingo night. Check out our new guide on when you can find your favorite queen rolling balls.

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It’s hard to believe, but there actually was a time in Austin that you would have been hard pressed to find a drag queen hosting bingo game night anywhere in the city. These days, drag queen bingo nights are about as ubiquitous as craft breweries in Austin. In fact, several local craft breweries host drag queen bingo nights themselves.

Back in 2012, Rebecca Havemeyer hosted her first Shitty Kitty Big Ball Bingo down on 4th Street at Rain on 4th. It was White Elephant-style and there was actual cat shit involved.

One of the highlights was whenever she pulled the (dreaded) B-11 … or as she called it BEH-ONCE … and the deejay would throw on a Beyonce number and she’d go crazy, dancing up and down the tables and cages (back when Rain had cages).

It became a huge success, and during it’s run, it raised thousands for a range of non-profit organizations. Unfortunately, as Rebecca Havemeyer’s creator Paul Soileau’s other character, Christeene became more and more successful and was on the road more often, it became difficult to keep the show going on.

Fortunately, popularity creates opportunity, so by the time Rain put the bingo cage away, there were plenty of other drag queens hosting bingo nights around town for those looking to roll balls.

If you’re looking for a weekly fix, you can find Lady Grackle in the Warehouse District hosting Dirty Bird Drag Queen Bingo at Highland every Sunday night from 7-10 PM. Over in the Red River District, Rhonda Jewels serves up a special version of bingo with Drag Queen Bling-O at the Waller Creek Pub House on Friday nights from 8-10 PM. While up north, Vegas Van Cartier hosts bingo night twice a week at BT2: Sunday evenings at 5 PM and Thursday nights at 7 PM.

Louisianna Purchase hosts two bingo nights each month. The first at the St Elmo Brewing Company on the third Wednesday of the month and the second at Jo’s Coffee Downtown on the last Friday of the month, both from 7-9 PM.

Cupcake and Maeve Haven host the popular Big Boobie Bingo down on South Lamar at Maria’s Taco Xpress the first Tuesday of the month from 6-9 PM.

If you’re looking bingo that’s a little bougie, check out our Big Gay River Float partner Austin Tour Company and their Deep Eddy Drag Queen Bingo Bus the second Sunday of each month, hosted by Colleen Deforrest. The package, which runs $35, includes transportation out to the Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room in Dripping Springs, with pick up and dropoff on 4th Street at Oilcan Harry’s, a cocktail in a souvenir glass, multiple rounds of bingo and performances by Colleen.

Check out all these events and more on our community calendar.

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Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, former host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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april 2020

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