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Play 'Drag Queen Bingo' at This New East Village Bar

By Lisha Arino | August 10, 2015 5:30pm | Updated on August 11, 2015 7:50pm
A "Hangover Burger" and mimosa from The Grayson, which opened at 16 First Ave. earlier this summer.
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EAST VILLAGE — Bingo night is getting a fun and campy twist at The Grayson, a new East Village sports bar that soft opened earlier this summer on First Avenue.

Each Tuesday, the bar brings in performer Gusty Winds for its weekly “Drag Queen Bingo Night,” which is more energetic and interactive than a traditional bingo game, said co-owner Keith McKeon.

“It’s more catered towards the fun element,” he said about the weekly games, which incorporate comedy as well as a live performance by the drag queen. “She’ll go around the tables and actually interact with the crowd.”

Sports fans that would rather watch a game can turn their attention to one of more than 40 high-definition television screens, which have been placed in every corner of the bar.

“No matter where you are in the bar you can see the games,” McKeon said.

The Grayson officially opened Monday with a selection of more than 40 domestic, craft and imported beers as well a menu that features standard American fare like sandwiches, wings and burgers, including one made with a tater tot “bun.”

The “Grayson Hangover Burger,” a breakfast version of its signature burger, places a half-pound beef patty, bacon, American cheese and a sunny-side up egg onto a waffled tater tot bun before drizzling it with a bourbon maple syrup. The specialty burger is available on the bar’s weekend brunch menu alongside more traditional breakfast foods and $2 mimosas.

In addition to sports and bingo, the bar’s weekly events include a trivia night, food specials and weekend DJ sets, said McKeon, who aims to make the bar a place “where people can go have a fun, lively good time.”

The Grayson, located at 16 First Ave., is open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.