Newcastle Hotel is proving bingo can be a lot more fun that getting dabber ink all over your hands and cursing old Mrs Jenkins when she calls out Bingo from the other side of the community hall.
On Tuesday 24 April, that's ANZAC Day Eve for those you keen to head out before a public holiday, Hip Hop Bingo will happen at Newcastle Hotel - along with a few Hotline Hoagies if you happen to get hungry.
Instead of the usual number and cards, Hip Hop Bingo requires you to mark R&B songs off your card as the DJ spins out tunes. And dancing is encouraged.
Hip Hop Bingo creator and in-house hoagie (that's a kind of sub for those of you who may not know) maestro Nick Brady, says the night will be a whole lot of fun and set to benefit a good cause, with all proceeds going to Hunter Lifeline.
"My goal is to ultimately create a charity organisation for troubled youth and those living rough through my Hotline Hoagie restaurant here inside Newcastle Hotel, but in the meantime I thought Lifeline was a worthy organisation doing great work," he said.
"My goal is to ultimately create a charity organisation for troubled youth and those living rough through my Hotline Hoagie restaurant here inside Newcastle Hotel..."
"My family and I recently moved back to Newcastle from Perth and having worked in hotels over there, and leaving at night time, homelessness is a visible issue. Here in Newcastle I think it is still an issue, but perhaps it's not so visible, which I fear might be an even worse problem."
Hip Hop Bingo works by purchasing a three-game card for $8. Each card has a grid with songs listed. The MC/DJ will then spin tunes and participants cross off the songs they hear. The first to cross off a full line wins a prize.
"It's fun and something a bit different," Nick says.
"The prizes are drinks and food vouchers and we hope that eventually local businesses will get involved by donating prizes and promoting their business in return."