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It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ’n’ roll, and it’s all bingo.

The popular numbers game is fun, but it’s even better when played in the spirit of true-blue Floridian tradition — which is the definitive version of the game played at the Prospect Heights watering hole Barnded Saloon, according to the host Tammy Wynette.

“Florida, as you know, is known for strip clubs, bikers, beaches, and bingo halls — they go hand-in-hand,” said Wynette, who’s not to be confused with her namesake, the late country singer.

“There really isn’t any other kind of bingo besides white trash, except for old granny bingo, which this isn’t.”

While “old granny bingo” is characterized by a sort of serenity, organization, and clarity of purpose, White Trash Bingo is distinguished by a great deal of hootin’ and hollorin’, free drinks — including some terrible concoction, called a Mountain Dew slushy — and, of course, the hypnotic personality of the lovely Miss Wynette herself.

“I’m like Miss Kitty from Gun Smoke,” she said, all matter-of-fact like. “My persona is the cross between a mechanical bull operator and a strip club announcer.”

Aside from all that, it’s just like regular bingo, and like regular bingo, there are prizes a plenty, including rolls of toilet paper, one ply only, and sometimes a free drink — not top shelf, of course.

“The stuff ranges, depending on who makes it rain, [Pabst Blue Ribbon] or Miller Light, as far what beer schwag we offer,” said Wynette.

It’s a handsome bar too, fit for a proper Florida-style party, with gators on the wall, 12 beers on tap, and a healthy variety of brews in the cooler.

And for the hungry, the Branded Saloon’s kitchen is open until 3 am, 365-and-a-quarter-days-per-year, and, it goes without saying, they smoke their own bacon.

And don’t forget, Wynette definitely mentioned free drinks, so if you do go to White Trash Bingo, make sure you hold her to it.

“We give out free shots,” she said, “because the more you drink, the more fun bingo is.”

White Trash Bingo at Branded Saloon [603 Vanderbilt Ave. between Bergen Street and St. Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 484–8704, brandedsaloon.com]. Every Tuesday, 8 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Posted 12:00 am, April 25, 2013
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from You know says:
Like like like how ironic dayude! Upper middle class transplants pretending to be white trash in an expensive part of Brooklyn! Like yah!!!

But hey, what do I know? No sleep til BoCoCa!
April 25, 2013, 6:28 am
boof from brooklyn says:
Aren't dark-skinned people allowed to play?

Also "white trash" is racist. It implies that "regular" trash is not white.
April 25, 2013, 9:32 am
T-Bone from DoBro says:
Relax, George. Everyone is a hipster to these slobs.
April 25, 2013, 9:57 am
Thirse-tee from bklyn says:
E'rr boddy knows Tammy - she sher gits arown!
April 25, 2013, 12:55 pm
Jay from nyc says:
giving away free drinks as a business model means bankruptcy.
April 25, 2013, 6:15 pm
Straight up Dixie from Brooklyn says:
OMG! I finally made it!
April 25, 2013, 8:26 pm
Soda from Ph says:
Hi Tammy, can you be my Mommy
April 25, 2013, 8:40 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Isn't this the bar, Branded Saloon, where that guy got stabbed to death?
April 26, 2013, 11:37 am
crownup from crow hill says:
Such an inappropriate article for a newspaper.
April 30, 2013, 6 am
crownup from crow hill says:
Such an inappropriate article for a newspaper.
April 30, 2013, 6 am
crownup from crow hill says:
Such an inappropriate article for a newspaper.
April 30, 2013, 6 am
crownup from crow hill says:
Such an inappropriate article for a newspaper.
April 30, 2013, 6 am
crownup from crow hill says:
Such an inappropriate article for a newspaper.
April 30, 2013, 6 am
crownup from crow hill says:
Such an inappropriate article for a newspaper.
April 30, 2013, 6 am
crownup from crow hill says:
Such an inappropriate article for a newspaper.
April 30, 2013, 6 am
anon from crown heights says:
heeeey there, Tammy is great, this is in no way hipster/ironic but a kind of tip of the hat to her Floridian roots and a fun time- Branded is a great place, ppl
June 1, 2015, 11:29 am

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