Check out these bars, restaurants and more where you can play ping pong in the nation's capital.
Whether you call it table tennis or ping pong, Forrest Gump’s favorite game is a beloved pastime, and it’s especially delightful when paired with beer and bites. Fortunately, Washington, DC has numerous places to play ping pong and savor time with friends.
SPIN Washington DC
Table tennis trail blazers SPIN infuse downtown DC with a whole lot of fun. Consider: Have you ever played ping pong? Now, have you ever played ping pong with a ball boy or girl? At SPIN, not only can you order strong cocktails and great bar fare, but the actual gameplay gets downright efficient with your own dedicated ball retrievers. Pricing starts at only $9 per hour for a table, and games go until the wee hours on weekends, when the space closes at 2 a.m.
Comet Ping Pong
Upper Northwest is home to this pizza parlor/ping pong establishment that also triples as a music venue. Order a delicious pie from the wood-burning oven and strike up a game of table tennis, or simply hang out with your pals at one of the many tables or booths. Note that when concerts occur, the ping pong tables are set aside.
Located just a few blocks from the Capital One Arena, this 13,000 square-foot subterranean spot is a fun place for sports thanks to a game-focused setup that includes ping pong tables, trivia nights, cornhole leagues, beer pong tournaments, shuffleboard, foosball and giant Jenga. A gamer’s paradise, one could say. There are plenty of brews to go around, as well.
On Tuesday nights from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., breadsoda goes nuts with ping pong and tacos (the latter start getting sold at 12 p.m., actually). Two tables are set up, so make sure to claim one and feel free to hold your own tournament. The Wisconsin Avenue spot also offers plenty of other free games, including darts, checkers, chess, backgammon and more.
It’s one big party at Hook Hall, a 13,000-square-foot space near Petworth where you could spend all day eating, drinking and playing games. The indoor cafe has everything you need to start your day – caffeine courtesy of Vigilante Coffee Company, WiFi and quick bites – and serves double-duty as a bar complete with ping pong tables and shuffleboard. There's also an outside space where you’ll find a turf-lined beer garden with 30-plus draught lines, a rotating cast of food trucks and Adirondack chairs for relaxing. Make sure to check the events calendar for the latest happenings at this unique space.
This hipster enclave in Park View doubles as a cafe and bar. During the day, combine coffee with some epic table tennis. At night, enjoy the bar’s offerings while you conquer a friend or colleague in ping pong. You can also bring your whole crew to the Club, just make sure to call ahead if there’s going to be eight or more of you.