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.
|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|
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Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
- 5 star:14
- 4 star:15
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:3
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.
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!
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.
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!
I had heard great things about this place and I love places offer something a bit different and bring something new to the table (no pun intended), so was happy to give this place a go. We came on a double date, so there was 4 of us – but the other couple were set up, like a blind date, and this setting was ideal combination of sit down talking and fun activity.
So firstly we got here for 6:30pm and sat in the restaurant area over the back of the main ping pong bar area. We asked our waiter when there would be a ping pong table available for us he said 9pm. We thought this sounded a bit long but agreed to it nevertheless, as we’d gone there specifically over anywhere else with the intention of a promise of a game after dinner, so thought it was worth the wait. Just a note, you cannot prebook for groups less than 6 people but they keep a number of tables unreserved for walk-ins, though it does get very busy – it was only a Tuesday when we were there!
Waiters were attentive in getting us drinks and service was good for our food. I had the “Posh Hawaiian” pizza which had ham hock, caramelised pineapple & fresh chilli so was a welcome twist on of my favourite standard toppings. As we had time we also then had desserts, I had warm salted caramel chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream which wasn’t the best I’ve had, it was a little underwhelming, but nice enough. One thing I thought was a bit strange was the location of the toilets, they literally couldn’t have been any further away from where we were sat, I had to walk from the restaurant past the bar whilst dodging balls flying all over the place from surrounding tables back over to where we had entered the building – unless there were some closer I missed, this just seemed a bit unnecessary.
Then before we knew it, it was 9pm so we were shown to our ping pong table. We opted for an hour on this which was a good idea, as we haven’t played for years it took us a while to get into the swing of things. There were only 2 bats, but obtained some more easily enough. You’re also allocated 2 small buckets of balls, but don’t worry you’re not got to be too responsible for these, they do end up all over the place and they have people there to collect them and restock your buckets. The atmosphere was really enjoyable, didn’t seem like people were taking things too seriously – well we certainly weren’t at least!
They priced everything up on a tab which we paid at the end, it came to just over £35 each which is on the pricey side but also given the location and the novelty factor I thought it was okay for the food, drinks and overall experience – wouldn’t be something I’d do on a weekly basis, but as a kind of one off I didn’t begrudge paying it.
I think Bounce is a pretty great spot! Very 'buzzy' and a really fun environment to be in. The food in the restaurant is of a pretty good standard. I had a rather large (and tasty) pepperoni pizza and didn't feel overcharged when the bill arrived. The waiters were very helpful and friendly but it took a little while to get our bill, (likely because the place is always so full!)
Myself and my friends had a great time playing ping pong, and the energetic atmosphere contributed to the overall vibe of the night. You should definitely make sure you book ahead if you are planning on playing ping pong, because you are unlikely to get a table if you show up anytime after 7pm. Ping pong is a little on the pricey side, and it takes forever to get a drink from the bar, but ultimately it's a great spot to have some easy fun and some good food.
I didn't really understand the draw of Bounce until I went there and experienced it myself. I've been there for work nights out and also for birthdays. Tread carefully, your inner competitive streak may come out more as the drinks flow! Overall though, a brilliant atmosphere, good food & drinks and depending on the time you are there a UV party to blame your poor ping pong skills on.
Love love my fav bar and the one in Shoreditch is fun to. Friendly staff, great mix of drinks, and added perk is the Ping pong itself.
The venue is great i have never seen that before great service great food and amazing ambiance GREAT BOUNCE!!!
Fantastic place with amazing atmosphere, great food, perfect cocktails and good service. On top of that you can play ping pong. The best place to hang out with your friends and colleges. You can even bring the whole family if you would like.
Had a brilliant time here on 17/10 as part of my birthday celebrations. There were 12 of us around 1 ping pong table for nearly 2 hors and we had the best time! The bar was buzzing with laughter, drinks were good and they even had the rugby on. Such a great place, we'll definitely be going back!
I have visited Bounce on numerous occasions and I have never been let down! Friendly service and quality food and drinks.
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.
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.
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.
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