Eros: Straight Community Invited to Shake Up Those Balls Playing Bingo on Biscayne

Bingo lovers will be happy to know that there's a new place in Northeast Miami where you can shake up those bingo balls. Eros, a gay lounge, has been open for about a year at 8201 Biscayne Boulevard and is, as of last week bringing in bingo nights.They are planning plenty of future surprises including food, fun and games. There is already a karaoke night that is open to the whole neighborhood.

Formerly, the space was a flower shop. Then Eros Lounge owner Carlos Rojas saw a need for a night time gay place in the area and set up shop at the busy intersection. A rainbow flag hangs outside the establishment along with the name, but apart from that, there are no indications as to what you'll encounter inside... if you don't know what the god of Eros signifies.

There is free parking in the back and free nighttime parking at the Bank of America lot directly across the street that can accommodate about 70 cars.

On the menu: meatballs, hummus, cheese with salsa, and gyros. Everything is heated on a panini press. The favorite bar dish, according to Lucas the bartender is their shrimp cocktail.

Rojas said, "We wanted to do something a little different and we also wanted to welcome the straight community into our place, so we've started Tuesday night Bingo and Wednesday night Karaoke. It's of course, a gay lounge but really everyone is welcomed to come in, have a drink and a bite, play bingo, sing and enjoy the facility.

"Bingo started two weeks ago but it poured that night and it was rather empty. So far, we haven't started charging for bingo but in a couple of weeks we're going to charge everyone a small price to participate and pay for the cards. We'll have some really nice prizes to win. We're going to have a weekend for two in the penthouse at the Townhouse Hotel in South Beach as well as restaurant certificates and cash prizes. Boulevard Bingo starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and is hosted by Miss Twinkleton, who is quite a funny dish and well, if truth be known, doesn't shave either. Wednesday's everyone is welcomed to come sing their hearts out for out karaoke evening."

There is no cover charge, drinks range in price from $4 for beers and $9 for cocktails. They are open seven days a week but call for details at 305-754-3444.

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