Thursday, September 6, 2007
Style File: Game Night
It's a blast from the past. From bingo to Candy Land, game night is becoming just as hot in South Beach as partying at a night club. Seven's Belkys Nerey shows us where you can put your game face on.
WSVN -- It's not your grandma's game anymore. Every Sunday night at the Standard Hotel put your game face on for bingo like you've never seen before.
Daniel Love: "When you think bingo, you think old people but not here. It's all a young, fun crowd."
Jason Harler: "It doesn't cost anything to play bingo, so usually people order drinks, dinner, snacks and stuff like that. It started out really small, 50 or 60 people, and now, on a good night, we get 100 to 175 people."
Starting around 8:30, general manager Jason Harler leads a rowdy night of number calling. Hotel guests and hip locals, young and old, pack the lobby for free popcorn, music and some friendly competition.
Lindsay Levin: "I think it's a fun idea, especially on South Beach there isn't much to do that is low key. Usually it's clubs and bars."
Jenna Blatstein: "There's amazing free drinks. We're ordering dinner. It's just so much fun!"
These people all come to win big. Call bingo, and you can walk away with some great prizes.
Alyson Holob: "I won a one-night stay at the Standard. Absolutely amazing, best birthday present ever!"
Daniel Love: "Last time I was here I won three games in a row. Everybody hated me. I won a free night's stay, a facial and a spa package."
It's also fun and games at the Catalina Hotel on Collins Avenue. Guests and locals can enjoy boardgames every day at this hotel.
Diana Sierra-Rosen: "There's a nostalgia about it, games from their childhood. I mean we have Sorry, Operation. Pictionary is also a popular game. It's a conversation starter."
All the classic games and playing cards are available in their lounge area and there's even Backgammon tables in the lobby. The idea is to play and socialize while having cocktails or even lounging by the pool, and everyone's invited to play.
Diana Sierra-Rosen: "It's free for locals, all of our games. We have great happy hours and drinks specials. Come out, have a cocktail, a coffee, maybe some appetizers and play some games."
Life's a game so play hard.
Belkys Nerey: "The Catalina is also getting an Atari soon for their lobby and, by the way, if there is a tie at bingo, those contestants have a dance-off, and the audience chooses the winner. It's a lot of fun!"
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The Standard Hotel
40 Island Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
1732 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139