The window is covered up by paper and the entrance hidden. It looks like a shop under construction but every minute people go in and out. This is Dr. Pong – a Ping Pong-Bar.
When you enter you get the feeling that this is not an official bar but a member’s only club. The Spartan interior includes little more than a ping pong table and some chairs. The walls are empty, but the club is crowded. Upon further exploration, you’ll find a bar, a small lounge and a DJ stand. No luxuries here, just a comfortable, cozy grotto that offers a remarkable alternative to all the normal bars where you just sit, stand or talk.
In the bar’s main room, people with table-tennis paddles run in circular fashion around the ping pong table. Most of the people are not professional players and some have never played before, so don’t worry if you don’t hit the ball (and as a good excuse, you can always say that beer makes you lose control of your body). Anyway, there’s always a new round, which gives you the chance to show your hidden talent.
One of the bar’s owner’s interests is, according to the bar’s manifesto, “losing the definition between game/sport and partying”. A “healthy addiction” to beer and ping pong makes you definitely want to come back to this inconspicuous place.
If you don’t have a ping pong paddle with you, you can borrow one at the bar for a deposit of €5!