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Everyone knows that after Sunday, inevitably, comes Monday. So each Sunday night, heavy hearted New Yorkers grudgingly prepare for the week of work ahead.Forget all that nonsense.
The Standard Hotel has the antidote to that misery that will send you into the week guns blazing. On Sunday nights, groups of dedicated revelers invade the Standard Grill’s fine dining room, dance on tables, scream ‘MORE BALLS” and play drunken games of Bingo that would make every last member of your Auntie’s church group turn bright red.
It’s called ‘Not Your Standard Bingo.’
Joey Jalleo, The Standard’s Director of Special Projects, described the event as a “fun little environment for our guests.” He was being modest. The game starts around 11:00 p.m., but to get a seat, show up early because the house will be packed. Every week the game takes on a different theme (this week’s was ‘Spring Break’) — they’ve also had a Sesame Street theme, and even an Olympic themed party hosted by professional figure skater Johnny Weir.
This is the kind of event that thrives at The Standard. “We’re inclusive rather than exclusive,” said Jalleo. “We want to be an important addition to a local neighbourhood… we’re not a cookie cutter hotel.”
That’s obvious. The New York location, like all The Standards around the country, has successfully built a culture for itself. The DJs invited to play there, the lecturers that speak there, the games and fun are all packaged together on the hotel’s blog, Standard Culture. It’s not just a way for the hotel to brand itself, it’s also a way for anyone to get a peek inside The Standard and feel its vibrant energy —even on Sunday night.
We arrived early enough to have a quiet burger in the dining room — we recommend saying yes to bacon and cheese.
Another suggestion: Try a specialty cocktail. The Standard is known for them, and 'Not Your Standard Bingo' Bingo has it's own.
If you really want to do Bingo though, you've gotta go for one of the punch bowl specials on this menu.
The game started around 11:00. Our host explained the rules and told the crowd that every time he chose new Bingo balls, everyone would have to scream 'MORE BALLS'
About a half an hour into the game, people went totally nuts, dancing on tables and laughing with strangers.
There was even a karaoke element to the party. Guests got the chance to sing a tune if they could creatively incorporate 'balls' in the song. 'Killing Me Softly With His Balls' was a clear hit.
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