South Main Street features trivia and bingo on Wednesday nights
If you’re looking for a way to escape the cold Wednesday night, traveling south on Main Street might be the best option.
One-Legged Pheasant Brewery has bingo every Wednesday night at 7 p.m., while Danger von Dempsey’s Pizzeria & Brewhaus has trivia at 8 p.m.
The two companies are right next to each other which means you have plenty of time to hit them both. The One-Leg Pheasant is located at 723 S Main St., while Dempsey’s is at 1023 S Main St.
Jason Pettigrew, also known by his bingo stage name “Jason the Magnificent”, has been hosting bingo at One-Legged Pheasant since March 2019. He is a close friend of owners Dave and Sandra Welling, and has said the idea to theirs. had come as a way to get people to the brewery.
Pettigrew said he came from a large bingo family and had played Moose Lodge on Thursday nights for years.
He describes One-Legged Pheasant bingo as “not your grandmother’s bingo,” with dancing and explosive Pitbull songs. Pettigrew chooses the music and says he mainly plays dance pop and electronic pop music.
The idea for unconventional bingo came to Pettigrew due to the way he plays bingo with his family as well as attending drag bingo in Washington, DC. presence. Some people even had to be turned away.
Typically, the most people in bingo are around 35, Pettigrew said. Bingo cards cost $ 1 each, and winners typically receive drink cards, with three games having a payout of $ 10. Sometimes that number is raised to $ 25, Pettigrew said.
Pettigrew said the brewery generally sees a good mix of regulars and new bingo players. And while the One-legged Pheasant is known for its beer, the activity is always fun for non-drinkers.
The back room of One-Legged Pheasant and Pettigrew are also available for private parties.
Jon Boon has also been organizing anecdotes for several years, first at Max & Erma’s on Wednesday evenings until it closes. Trivia was postponed until the start of the pandemic before starting at Dempsey’s in August 2021.
There is no cost to enter the trivia game, which starts at 8 p.m. However, quiz enthusiasts must have a smartphone, as the questions are answered on a free app. People have 10 seconds to answer questions, Boon said, which prevents cheating. Questions can be anything from geography to classical music to current affairs.
Trivia isn’t overly competitive at Dempsey, he said, although a number of regulars attend every week. But more casual players who only attend occasionally can also participate.
“We’re building something really cool here at Dempsey’s,” said Boon, who added that the regulars are extremely welcoming to new players.
The top three will usually earn beer chips or a discount on their next pizza, Boon said. The area where the anecdotes are held is around 35 people and tends to fill up quickly, he said, so players are recommended to arrive early.
During the warmer months there are two trivia games on Wednesdays. But during the winter months, Dempsey’s closes at 9 p.m., leaving only time for one game.
Editor’s Note: The information about the start of the Dempsey trivia has been corrected in this story.