Play Ping Pong and Eat Fried Chicken Banh Mi at Spin DC

Ping pong, cool decor, classes from Olympians and…fried mac and cheese burgers? All photographs courtesy of SPIN.

When you haven’t tried ping pong “social membership” (learn: bar), now’s your likelihood at Spin DC. The chain, with seven US places and one other in Toronto, takes up the basement of the Nationwide Press Membership constructing downtown. They’re internet hosting a grand opening weekend with a stay ping pong reveals starring table tennis Olympians, ping pong courses for amateurs, and extra.

The 12,000 sq. foot area is outfitted with a dozen Olympic-size ping pong tables, a roomy horseshoe bar, and an Insta-ready bathtub full of ping pong balls (sure, you’re allowed to leap inside–garments on, please). Between units you’ll discover sustenance from a menu of bar-friendly eats like tacos, sliders, flatbreads, and fries. The meals lineup is much like different places, excluding just a few “native” dishes like a fried hen banh mi sandwich, a meaty butcher’s flatbread, and a flourless chocolate cake dubbed “DC’adence.”  For drinks, there’s a full bar with specialty cocktails, beer, and wine.

Gone are the beginner days of chasing down wayward ping pong balls. Spin employs a workers with nifty catching units to refill pong containers so clients can concentrate on taking part in. Particular opening costs are $9 an hour per individual.

The idea for a ping pong membership began as a result of well-connected co-founders Jonathan Bricklin (then Susan Sarandon‘s boyfriend) and Franck Raharinosy used the sport as a dialog starter at their home events in New York. Visitors like Jimmy Buffet, Owen Wilson, 50 Cent and Salman Rushdie crowded across the table (sadly, not suddenly—that can be an actual ping pong get together). The primary enterprise opened in NYC in 2009.

Think about this Jimmy Fallon anecdote about taking part in Prince required viewing earlier than you go.

Spin DC; 1332 F St., NW; 202-517-1170. Open on weekdays from four PM, weekends from 12 PM.