AceBounce

Just About the Nicest Place You’ll Ever Play Ping-Pong

A Graffiti-Splattered Den of Table Tennis and Duck-Sausage Pizza

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We’ll never be able to call soccer “football.”

Or enjoy unironic afternoon teas with crumpets.

Or have queens.

But maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll one day possess a superb underground ping-pong bar just like the one our friends across the pond have.

Well, say no more clearly foreshadowing statements, because here cometh AceBounce—a graffiti-splattered place to play table tennis under the influence of fried oysters, duck-sausage pizza and Old Fashioneds. It comes to River North via London, and it opens on Tuesday. (Here’s the evidence.)

You’ll corral some coworkers or friends after work, enter a vestibule lined with the House of Parliament’s wallpaper and head downstairs, where you’ll wonder whether you haven’t descended into a British nightclub that happens to prefer table games over dancing.

Maybe you’ll loosen up at the bar first. Some spicy cheddar pork rinds and a Back Hand Shot—a snowman-shaped glass that holds both the shot (tequila) and the chaser (sangrita)—should do just fine. As should a mix-it-yourself Old Fashioned, which is a mix-it-yourself Old Fashioned.

Then, when you’re ready to play, you’ll hit one of the 16 tables. The graffiti will begin to glow in the dark. You’ll serve, your opponent will return, and...

Now we’re just explaining ping-pong.

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