It’s only serious when you’re winning. Otherwise, you’re playing just for laughs.
And there may be no better place to do that than Bounce Shoreditch.
Why? Because, building on the original Farringdon venue, this newer, bigger sibling is a vast Russell Sage-designed, graffiti-covered subterranean bunker in East London housing a restaurant (overlooked by an open plan traditional 25-foot pizza counter and a large cocktail bar); a private room; and of course –
THE TABLE TENNIS
There are a whopping seventeen ping pong tables at Bounce Shoreditch (including the actual 2014 World Championship Final table from Tokyo) for you to choose from. A few of those are set aside for walk-ins (though the queue does develop quite rapidly), or you can just book yourself in for up to two hours. Once the game is over, you can stick around and prop yourself up at –
Cocktails run from the Popcorn Old Fashioned to the Lavender Fields Forever, muddling violet-infused gin with lychee juice and lavender syrup – and are all backed up by a robust line of wines, ciders, and craft beers on tap. All of which you can also order in –
The aforementioned pizza oven is flash-cooking numbers like their fancy Hawaiian (caramelised pineapple, smoked ham) and Wild Mushroom & Truffle. And if you’re just after a quick stop-gap, there’s loaded nachos or padrón peppers to share…
…Oh, and just to add a few cherries on top, they’ve covered the walls of Bounce Shoreditch in ultraviolet graffiti in order to host wildly luminous parties, they hold a bottomless brunch every Sunday, and they have regular DJ-led club nights each Saturday.
Which all sounds quite smashing.
NOTE: Bounce Shoreditch is open Weds-Thurs 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am, and Sun 3.30-11pm. To reserve a table for ping pong, or at the restaurant (or both), please call 020 3657 6525 or visit Bounce online HERE.
Bounce Shoreditch | 239-241 Old Street, EC1V 9EY
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