In the 1880s, the game of table tennis, also known as ping pong, began in England. The board game company Parker Brothers bought the rights to the trademarked game, “Ping-Pong,” in the early 1920s. It has since become a common game that you can find in homes, recreation centers and now, bars. In Philadelphia, a number of bars, taverns and clubs have ping-pong tables, so start making plans for your next match.
Drury Beer Garden
1311 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Drury Beer Garden on Sansom Street offers ping-pong and other games. At its Drury Street entrance, the outdoor area features both casual dining and ping-pong tables. A former parking lot, a brick floor has transformed the area into a homey, backyard-type of space. While beer is the main focus at the beer garden, there are other beverages available.
412 W. Girard Ave.
Known for music, beer and ping-pong in its back room, The Fire, a dive bar on Girard Avenue, is a favorite hangout for neighborhood residents. Opened as a rock club for the Northern Liberties community, The Fire has a long affiliation with local artists and musicians. Also home to Fresh Produce Studios, a recording studio, this bar is definitely casual attire-oriented. In addition to the ping-pong table, The Fire sponsors open mic nights, hosts live band concerts and has other special events.
3900 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Drinker’s West in University City is one of three Drinker’s establishments in the city. The other two are Drinker’s Pub at Rittenhouse Square and Drinker’s Tavern in Old City. A sports bar, Drinker’s West has both pool and ping-pong tables and musical entertainment is provided by a DJ. At Drinker’s Pub, game nights are held Sunday through Wednesday. Featured games include Battleship, Connect Four, Chess and Operation. All three bars have late-night bar menus.
The Ugly American
1100 S. Front St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Featuring a pool table with a ping-pong table that can be mounted on top, The Ugly American on South Front Street also features darts, and on Thursday nights, guests can compete in Quizzo. The bar also features several TVs to watch games. Boasting a Philadelphia Weekly award for “Best French Fries in the City” in 2009, the bar also features a late-night menu in addition to its brunch and dinner menus.
1210 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
In addition to Jenga and other games, Frankford Hall has ping-pong tables. This Stephen Starr beer garden features a large open space with an industrial feel and is a favorite place for beer lovers to gather. With its signature candy stripe doors, the facility is the largest beer garden in the city. The ping-pong tables are located in the courtyard, and they’re free.
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