Bounce Old Street

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Bounce Old Street

After three years of setting up court in Holborn, ping-pong bar Bounce opened its second venue in Shoreditch in autumn 2015. And these guys aren't messing around. With 17 bespoke tables and a private room, this is a place to get seriously competitive. Expect an east London twist, as luxe furnishings meet urban style and UV lighting. As well as ballgames, there's an open-plan restaurant serving up traditional Italian pizzas along a 25-foot pizza counter, and suave cocktails from the bar. Neither of these are likely to improve your game. 

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Venue name: Bounce Old Street
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Address: 241 Old St
London
EC1V 9EY
Opening hours: 4pm-midnight Mon-Thu; noon-1am Fri-Sat; noon-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Old St
Price: Main courses £12-£14. Set menu £18.50 (two courses) and £24 (three courses)
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I love a bar that has an activity and ping pong is always good fun. The Old Street one is a lot bigger than the Holborn one, which makes it feel less crowded. We did a bottomless brunch here yesterday for £29.99 with unlimited Prosecco and pizza and I was very impressed. The waiters never let our glasses reach less than half full and we were stuffed from all the pizzas. Yes, the staff try to enforce group games and challenges, but it’s all voluntary and we had a table for at least 2 hours. It was a great day session. At the end of the brunch, you can trade in your wrist band for a final glass of Prosecco, which was a lovely touch. I definitely recommend! 


A lot of fun. We managed to get in mid-week after work without booking but it got busy after 5.30

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Transcript from Bounce HQ, September 2015:*


Boss: “Okay, so our Holborn branch is doing great. We’re opening in Shoreditch, but need a hook – after all it’s east London. Those hipster types will be expecting something quirky…”

Intern: “What about naked Ping Pong? Where you get bonus points for catching a nipple…”

Boss: “That’s on the 2017 Soho agenda”

Intern: “Or cat Ping Pong? They’ll be chasing the balls as you play for an extra challenge!”

Boss: “We don’t want to get in trouble with the PDSA. No, I’m picturing something rather jazzy. Something that looks quite street, and it’s got to photograph well for that Instagram malarky…”  

Intern: “I know, let’s do UV Ping Pong!”

Boss: “SOLD. You’re hired!”


Okay so that last bit sounds slightly Alan Sugar-y. And as far as I’m aware, he’s not the man behind Bounce. But I’m pretty sure that’s how the official conversations at Bounce HQ must have gone down.


Rule No. 1 of UV Ping Pong:

Clothing. Wearing anything white is going to make you stick out more than Britney Spears in a nunnery. Meaning a little extra consideration should go into which coloured bra you opt for. It goes for guys too – any suspicious stains and it’s GAME OVER. In more ways than one. So plan your outfits wisely. Unless you’re intentionally going in for a night of Peacocking. Plus, the lights change every hour – so you’re not always under the UV spell. Something to bear in mind.


Rule No. 2 of UV Ping Pong:

Book in advance. You may strike lucky by walking up, but it’s always better to mark your territory with a confirmed booking. It avoids upset and confusion: Anything to avoid Ping Pong beef please.


Rule No. 3 of UV Ping Pong:

Prepare to be ball bashed. By the Ping Pong balls of course. They’re flying about everywhere – so you could find one in your pint or pizza if you’re lucky. No prizes if that does happen though.


Rule No. 4 of UV Ping Pong:

You’ve attempted your very best impersonation of Forrest Gump, have played around the world with strangers and have even thought about turning things into a beer pong tournament (but sadly this isn’t allowed) so you’re all out of ideas. Because let’s face it. Table Tennis gets a little repetitive. So check out the nearby delights of Shoreditch in advance so you’ll know where to go next.


*Officially unofficial, or course. Well, you didn't really think any boss would turn down the genius idea of naked Ping Pong, did you?!

tastemaker

If you like ping-pong this place is for you! My friends and I had a great and fun time for my birthday at Bounce Shoreditch. The atmosphere is brilliant with a good DJ set and lights changing every hour or so. The staff was lovely, very helpful and suggested a nice selection of dishes to share. We also had the visit of a Game Master which wasn't included on a table booking and gave a sample of the different games we can play. The only disappointment was we couldn't get more than 4 bats per table. 

Tastemaker

Regardless of your opinion on whether or not ping-pong constitutes a sport, it unquestionably triumphs as an activity exponentially improved with alcohol. Bounce Shoreditch offers both, housing 17 ping-pong tables and a stocked bar with an impressive range of premium gins, craft beers and cocktails. If you work up an appetite on the tables, there is an in-house pizzeria with a tempting menu of thin crust specialities and a restaurant with full table service (no nets on these tables, though). 


I attended a preview night to view the venue space, sample the food and, naturally, get walloped at ping-pong. The setting is underground and impressively large- walking into the main area, there is enough floor space for a kitchen, bar, communal tables, booths and plenty of room for play. It’s trendy, industrial and manic- expect to come into contact with a wayward ball or two- and this energy contributes to the fun. There is a DJ booth and we were treated to some seriously good 90s era tunes on the night.


The lights were cut and the serious fun began: everything was suddenly illuminated in a phosphorescent glow. Just when we thought we were ready to call it quits on our table, the prospect of UV ping-pong added a whole new dimension of chaos. The ball catchers darted tirelessly between the players with their nets, keeping everyone’s ball bucket filled and the fun going.


Pizzas were flying out of the pizza bar, bubbling and delicious. Of these, we sampled a fantastic range, including an excellent Hawaiian, a genuinely spicy pork and fennel, a moreish wild mushroom and a notable margherita. All of the pizzas were generously loaded with toppings and flawlessly crispy without a charred edge in sight. In addition to the pizza, canapés were also circulated: I particularly recommend the Kashmiri chicken on mini popadums, the smoked salmon on rye and the arancini balls- all were tempting enough to stall play for scoffing.


We played ping-pong for over an hour before surrendering our table (somewhat begrudgingly). It’s an exhilarating group activity, even if had moments of intensity that bordered on violence. Thankfully, we left as friends, had a few drinks at the bar, enjoyed the ambiance and ended the night dancing.


Bounce Shoreditch is the second addition to the Bounce franchise and it’s the type of venue that you need to experience for yourself. If you’re celebrating an occasion, or just on the hunt for a fun post-work retreat, you’ll be a hero if you suggest this place. Especially if you get there early enough to play on the 2014 World Championship Final table from Tokyo (yes, it’s there).