Mecca Bingo Sunderland
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Looking for bingo in the Sunderland area? As it happens you’ve got a couple of decent options and Mecca Bingo Sunderland stands out as one of the top choices with the main competition, in our opinion, coming from Buzz Bingo, (used the be Gala Bingo) over in Pallion.
The opening times of this hall are published in our table above and were correct at the time of publication – best to check they haven’t changed if you’re planning a visit.
Morning Sessions are at 11:50 am, Monday to Friday
Afternoon Sessions are at 1:00 pm, Monday to Friday
Evening Sessions are 7:30 pm all nights
Morning Sessions are 11:45 am on Saturday.
Sunday: No Morning session and afternoon and evening are 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm respectively.
If you’re planning a trip to the hall, please double check our information against the club’s website.
Ticket prices vary at Mecca Bingo Sunderland, but from what we’ve seen, it looks like the most expensive ticket prices are around £10/game.
This Mecca Bingo hall can be found near The Bridges shopping centre on Holmeside, a lively location sometimes referred to as ‘the strip’ due to it’s central location and abundance of clubs, takeaway outlets and shops.
The club hosts hundreds of players each day and has a busy vibe. The staff have been nominated in UK awards for the bingo hall which should equate to great service if you do visit.
Travelling to Mecca Bingo Sunderland
Getting to and parking at Mecca Bingo Sunderland is easy. The car park of the neighbouring shopping centre (The Bridges) is the best place to park and it’s free at any time after 6 pm.
If you’re coming in by bus, the Park Lane bus interchange is located within an easy 5-minute walk of the club, as is the Park Lane Metro station which is adjacent to the bus station.
History of the Club
As with many bingo halls, the Mecca Sunderland building started life as a theatre. The theatre was called the ‘Regal’ which first opened in 1932.
After the theatre was closed, the venue was used as a cinema under the Odeon name, having been purchased by Rank.
The cinema was open on this site until 1982 at which time the property became somewhat derelict. After the passage of time, the building was given another much-needed lease of life when it was taken over by a bingo operator and named Top Rank Bingo.
After bearing the name of Top Rank Bingo for some years, the club would be sold and rebranded Mecca Bingo and it stands today as it has for decades as something of an icon on Holmeside.
You’ll note when you visit this hall that there are relics of the old cinema, such as the rather grand foyer area and the reception desk.
It’s said that as of 2019, the building is under threat of a compulsory purchase order by Sunderland City council.
Facilities and Trivia
The bingo hall boasts both electronic and paper games available, so the bingo should be accessible to all.
Both food and drink are served in the hall, with orders taken at the bar or through your app. There are often special offers for these treats, and to keep up with the latest deals, you should follow Mecca Bingo Sunderland on Facebook.
With a superb team of hosts and a city centre location, Mecca Bingo Sunderland is really one of the best two places to play bingo in Sunderland. As we’ve mentioned this club is steeped in history and has a well lived-in feel – if only the walls could talk!
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