- The Main Attraction
- The Atmosphere
- The Venue/Location
Flying balls, rackets, dancing, loud music and a large amount of alcohol?
Sounds like a dangerous combination.
Well, okay, it was a little more dangerous in my mind. I recently had the pleasure of being invited to a big send-off party at SPiN Toronto. It’s basically a club/lounge that features ping-pong as its main activity. Yes, it is a club, a real club, complete with drunken bachelorettes, women swooning to music draped in orange boas and plenty of spiffy blokes.
461 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1K7
Admittedly when I was first invited to this place the first thing I wondered was how on earth the owners were going to sell this concept to the hipsters of Toronto. The boys had chosen this location as a snarky nod to many hundreds of hours they had spent playing ping pong in their basements in our high school days with a Forrest Gump-like gusto. I myself am not that great at ping pong, but I still enjoy the game.
The decorations were nice, modern, trendy, with plenty of places for people to sit, chat and sip their drinks without feeling like someone was going to smack their head off. The combination of activities there was actually quite nice. You could play a little, sit and watch a little while chatting with friends, hang out by the bar, or shake your groove thing when your favourite tune came on. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. People came dressed from sweat pants to full suits. Depending on how seriously you were planning to take the sport, your attire didn’t really seem to matter. The energetic squirrel-on-caffeine floor staff expertly kept the floor clear of stray ping pong balls (with what looked like butterfly nets) to keep all the drunken bachelorettes of the club nice and safe. From the posters on the wall, it looked like SPiN hosts tournaments and special events for the more serious players.
Now, I’m no alcoholic beverage expert, but I tried one of the drinks, a “sex on the beach” cocktail, and thought it was quite decent. For $8, you get a large drink served in a regular sized preserve jar (the type your Grandma preserves her pickles in). I think that’s a pretty good bang for your buck in a down town club. My friends ordered two large party-sized jugs of cocktail (that I unfortunately don’t have the names of! Sorry!) but I heard they weren’t so good. I can’t really say myself though.
Overall, how would I rate this experience? Good! I liked it! It was really interesting! Would I come again? Yeah, definitely, but only with a large group of friends. This club/lounge is a great place to go if you’re looking for something different or a late night hang out that’s less focused on just drinking and dancing. I would definitely recommend it.
The Damage: $18 after tax (2 hours of ping pong with the group and one drink)