Smash Ping Pong Lounge
Smash Ping Pong brings everyone's favourite rec-room game to the former Quad East spin studio in Riverside. Similar in concept to SPiN on King West, the destination hangout has two bars, two floors and 12 ping pong tables.
Most of the action takes place on the main floor - upstairs is used for private events. There are seven tables that can be rented in 30 minute increments.
Don't want to play? There's also a bar, big screen TVs, a smattering of tables and plenty of pub grub to snack on.
Ping pong beginners and experts alike are welcome to serve, backhand and smash with friends or even to compete with strangers. Buckets of orange balls are given to each table and staff helpfully chase down errant shots so you don't have to.
The food menu is standard pub grub. Beef and chicken sliders, flatbread, beet chips and fresh-cut fries are just some of what's available. Eager to please staff take orders while you're playing so it's easy to refuel without giving up your table.
Drinks include nine different beers ($7.08 to $8.40) and one cider on tap. Bottles start at $5.30 and a pitcher can be had for $20.
For the classier folk, there's a selection of basic cocktails including Caesars (this is Canada after all), Mojitos and various incarnations of flavoured vodka ($9).
For the best bang for your buck, stop in at Smash on Mondays with a walk-in rate of $10/hour per table. The rest of week will set you back anywhere from $15 to $25 depending on day. Add $10 if your make a reservation in advance.