The word ‘Berlin’ means different things to different people.
To some people, it’s the singer who launched the career of Tom Cruise, in his aviator shades, getting on Kelly McGillis’ nerves with cheesy one-liners and towel-slapping Iceman and Goose on their bare buttocks in the showers.
To most people, it’s the formerly divided metropolis, with a troubled but fascinating history, a vibrant, exciting ‘world city’ with its melting pot of influences from every corner of the world, incredible museums and architecture and in more recent times, the home of electronic music, where you can party til the sun comes up and then go play some ping pong at 7 in the morning.
Speaking of which, playing ping pong at 7 in the morning has up till now, been nigh on impossible in Dublin city, unless you own your own table or have traded your left kidney for membership of an exclusive gym in Dublin 4.
Alternatively you can opt for a less invasive method of getting your table tennis fix, by dropping into newly opened ping pong cafe/bar/venue ‘Berlin’. You can relax with a glass of wine and a tasty panini. Or grab an espresso plus a Paleo Coconut Brownie, before challenging your buddy to a game. Maybe you prefer those gentle ‘over and back’ rallies? That’s all well and good (if you’re ten years old!). C’mon people, this is table tennis, not tiddlywinks. It’s got to be proper full-on competitive ‘best of 3′ matches. What you want is high powered exciting points, culminating in an epic finale where you finish off your opponent in an epic 41 shot rally. Let’s do this!