Ping pong and cocktail concept Bounce embarks on expansion


Bounce Holborn

A second site is set to open in London for Bounce, the venue that combines ping pong with food and cocktails.

After the success of the first in Holborn (pictured), its founders have revealed plans to open a second in Shoreditch in October ahead of its first overseas venue in Chicago in the US in February 2016.

The new site will be 80 yards east of the Old Street roundabout in a previously disused basement space. Like the original Bounce, it will be designed by leading restaurant and bar specialist Russell Sage Studio.

It will feature 17 ping pong tables – one of which will be the 2014 World Championship Final table from Tokyo – plus a private room with three tables and a dedicated cocktail bar.

It will also have a restaurant overlooked by an open-plan traditional 25ft pizza counter and cocktail bar, serving up classic and contemporary cocktails with a focus on gin.

The first Bounce was opened in 2012 by a team including Adam Breeden, the co-founder of premium bowling and bar group All Star Lanes.

Adam said: “We were confident Bounce would be well received as a concept, but even I was astounded at the impact the flagship site has had on the London social scene. Our initial business plan was outperformed by 300% and the demand has simply been phenomenal.

“Our vision for Bounce’s second London location is to create a place that defines the Shoreditch of tomorrow and not just another venue that feels the need to ‘fit in’. Our second London venue has been two-and-a-half years and £3.5million in the making – we wanted our second baby to be at least as impactful as our first.”

Following the enthusiasm for making the Holborn venue accessible for community projects, Bounce in Shoreditch will be offered as a free morning space for local initiatives, including disability sessions, disengaged youth projects, local schools and community groups.

The first Bounce in the US will be located in the heart of downtown Chicago in what was originally designed to be the grand ballroom of the Shangri La Hotel. It will have 550 capacity, 17 tables, two private rooms, a raised restaurant area and a 50ft-long bar.

The Bounce team have identified five further US cities where a pipeline of fully owned and operated venues is currently being planned. They have also set their sights on the Far East with Hong Kong and Tokyo being top of the list with openings targeted for 2017.

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