by Patrick Heig - 324 Reviews - 95 List
We love a good bar game, but billiards is boring, darts are too hard and Skee-Ball steals all the one-spots we need for strippers; ping-pong is where it's at. Table tennis, as it likes to be called, is now young New York's drinking sport of choice, and bars are answering the call. But not all are created equal: Read on for the five best ping-pong bars in New York. (Photo: the outdoor table at Good Company).
Updated: August 16, 2010
If you're dead serious about ping-pong, God help you, but you'll love this Union Square temple to table tennis. Bleachers are set up next to the 16 professional-grade tables ($20 every 30 minutes for non-members), and with bracing martinis and Delirium Tremens on tap, you can also pursue your life's other all-consuming passion.
This Williamsburg newcomer has a massive outdoor patio with a brand-new Kettler table and sticky paddles (free), plus darts and one of the few proper cornhole (our second favorite bar game) sets in NYC, plus cheap, long happy hours every weeknight.
If you're a beginning player, and not above using ping-pong as a means of flirting with a cute little preppy, this Meatpacking mecca with two quality tables right in the thick of things is your ticket. If you can, get there at 5 on the nose to bone up on your skills before the J. Crews arrive.
Playing ping-pong and pool while drinking cheap American beer in a basement--what is this, the Midwest? Nope, it's the West Village, and this game-bar has 10 ping-pong tables, three shuffleboard courts and dirt cheap PBR, though you will have to pay (a pittance) to use the tables.