Bounce

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Chancery Lane

A bar and restaurant in Holborn where you can eat, drink and play ping pong.

Allegedly located on the very spot that the game was invented, Bounce is a ping-pong bar that serves up a night of competitive fun in an edgy industrial-chic space. The restaurant, safely out of reach of wayward ping-pong balls, is raised on a platform overlooking the drama unfolding on the 16 tables below. A selection of antipasti and pizzas (straight from the wood-burning oven) provides players with ample sustenance.

 

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Bounce says
Bounce's 12,000-square foot venue showcases 17 bespoke designed ping pong tables, a restaurant and cocktail bar combined in a beautifully striking space by award winning interior designer, Russell Sage. Bounce has established itself as one of the most iconic venues in London and one of the most fun!
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Venue name: Bounce
Contact:
Address: 121 Holborn
London
EC1N 2TD
Opening hours: Open 4pm-midnight Mon-Wed; 4pm-1am Thur; noon-1am Fri, Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Meals served 6-10.30pm Mon-Thur; noon-10.30pm Fri-Sun
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane tube, Farringdon tube/rail or City Thameslink rail
Price: Main courses £12-£14. Set menu £17 2 courses, £20 3 courses

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:3
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Ayrton S
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I guess I was fairly surprised about this place. When i heard it had opened a couple of years ago, i dismissed it as another fad bar. And since that time i had been avoiding Bounce. To my own detriment it seems.
After reluctantly agreeing to go with a friend who assured me it was 'amazing', three of us popped in for friday night drinks.
And blow me dead, wow. Absolutely loved the place. What an amazing atmosphere!! Unfortunately we were a little late to get a ping pong table but there did seem to be a table that anyone could join in and play on anyway!
We stayed from 7.30 until it closed and yes, i will be going back again.

Marianne K
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I really love Bounce, have celebrated my birthday there for the last two years & plan to again next year. I recently chose Bounce as a venue for a second date; drinks & a game of ping pong worked well. Always a lively atmosphere with really friendly & helpful staff. There is a decent selection of bar food & the restaurant is pleasant with great pizzas. Bounce ticks so many boxes; a fun night out with friends or a work outing as well as great for a smaller crowd like a date night!

Janice W
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Been there twice with my daughter while visiting her and found Bounce to be a friendly, clean and relaxing establishment to eat in. The food has always been amazing and served to the table with a smile.

Alexander
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Potential

Great concept, great bar. Fantastic atmosphere, everyone is happy (which makes a nice change). Ping pong balls flying all over the place, but lots of space and you can still talk to your friends... A little bit pricey - I think it was 15 quid for 30 minutes of 'ping pong' but worth it. Miles ahead of its rival 'Ping' in Earls Court........

Sarah
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A great relaxed atmosphere with a good choice of music. I went there with friends on a Saturday night, possibly one of the busiest nights there. Despite it being busy, the staff were still friendly and helpful and even managed to get us another ping pong table after our reserved one!

Scott

What's not to love about a bar with ping pong and pints?!


Hidden underground in Holborn, Bounce is a great concept and a very popular venue for groups of friends wanting a bit of friendly rivalry and competition.


You'd be surprised how much table tennis you can fit into an hour or two and afterwards, the drinks are reasonable enough that you're happy to stay for a few.


It can get really REALLY busy and unless you book a table well in advance, you can expect to be waiting up to an hour sometimes for a table but I guess that is testament to how popular it is.


It has swamped quite a few imitators, but most don't match up and Bounce is still the gold standard for this kind of bar.


Love it!

Louise B

Went to Bounce on Saturday night for a joint birthday and it was amazing.  Great atmosphere.  The party hosts were excellent and kept a large group interested and entertained.  I'm telling anyone who will listen to try this place and can't wait to go back.

Rob L

Bounce is great for a fun night out - table tennis, drinks and food all in one place (and at the same time if you want it)! I organised a work do there for 40 people,  and the reservations team were very helpful & efficient, making it easy for me and ensuring it was all set up to run smoothly. On the night, the service was fantastic given how busy the place was, and our table staff very attentive. Have been several other times, either for a birthday or for abit of 1 on 1 - always had a good time, dealt with friendly staff, and enjoyed the food - definitely recommend.  

Gregg Kantor

Tried to book a private room here for a birthday celebration. I was told to pay £100 booking fee (non-refundable and not deductable off the bill) and the £1000 minimum spend at least 7 days BEFORE the booking. I offered to have leave my card behind with a pre-approved limit of up to £1000 behind the bar to make up any shortfall to the £1000 minimum spend but was told the 'policy' was to take £1000 cash up-front. I have eaten and dined all over London, at chefs tables, in larger groups and at places where they stood to lose a lot more than £1000 from a broken reservation. I politely refused and booked instead at Ping which was a great experience.

Bryan

Awful and rude customer service, especially from the manager. Very aggressive tone.

JCFColombia

So if you turn up with more than 4 people they wont allow you to order side orders, so I had to have my fish by itself. Poor service and a kitchen that cannot cope with Food orders. A gimmick of a restaurant that will soon die down and become a statistic