Teams sought for 2015 return of Punch Pong competition

UPPL Final 2014

Bartenders across the country are set to compete in a twist on the game of “beer pong” with the launch of this year’s Underground Punch Pong League (UPPL).

Now in its third year, it will see tournaments held in seven cities around the UK leading up to a grand final during London Cocktail Week in October for the national Bartenders’ Challenge Cup.

Teams of two compete in the style of beer pong which traditionally involves trying to get ping pong balls into a cup of beer. For the UPPL, the beer is replaced by Black Pearl Punch, which is available at all London Cocktail Club bars.

As well as a trophy and bragging rights as national Punch Pong champions, the overall winners will receive tickets to an NFL game at Wembley Stadium.

The only rule for entry is that the competitors’ bars must stock Monin syrups and Plantation Rum – the two sponsors of the UPPL.

Register online at to book a place in a local heat and to claim a UPPL membership card which entitles people to discounted drinks and entry to special practice nights at UPPL host venues around the country.

The UPPL was founded in 2013 by JJ Goodman, co-founder London Cocktail Club bars, with Monin’s UK brand ambassador James Coston as master of ceremonies on the UK tour along with Paul McFadyen from Plantation Rum.

James said: “The Underground Punch Pong League is a great opportunity for bars across the UK to engage in some friendly competition with their local rivals – although some take it more seriously than others!

“We’re expecting the standard of play to be higher than ever this year, so look out for another dramatic grand final to kick off London Cocktail Week 2015.

“Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and spaces at the regional heats are limited so get your entries in early and prepare to battle for punch pong glory.”

Last year’s last champions were Conor Brennan and John O’Reilly from Love & Death Inc in Belfast (pictured).

Underground Punch Pong League schedule
All events start at 7pm with registration from 6.30pm unless otherwise stated
Belfast – Wednesday May 20, Love & Death Inc
Leeds – Wednesday June 3, Almost Famous
Newcastle – Wednesday June 10, Fat Buddha
Liverpool – Wednesday June 24, Salt Dog Slims
Brighton – Wednesday July 8, Lucky Voice
Edinburgh – Wednesday July 22, The Voodoo Rooms
London – Monday October 5, London Cocktail Club – Shoreditch (5pm, registration from 4.30pm. The London heat takes place just before the final)
Grand final – Monday October 5, London Cocktail Club, Shoreditch, London

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