SAN FRANCISCO—SPiN, Susan Sarandon’s unique chain of ping-pong bars, will be opening its sixth location in San Francisco in the winter of 2015.
SPiN, founded by Jonathan Bricklin in partnership with Susan “Official Queen of Ping-Pong” Sarandon, combines “an unusual mixture of sport, design and entertainment” to create a “unique day and nighttime venue” for barflies and table-tennis lovers alike.
The venture began in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City, and quickly spread to Los Angeles and Toronto. SPiN is also running a pop-up enterprise in Belgium, and planning to open a Chicago storefront in the fall 2015.
At each location, SPiN combines dedication to high-level ping-pong with a passion for food and drink. Full bar and restaurant experiences sit alongside Olympic-regulation ping-pong courts, creating an engaging and immersive experience for visitors. “Ping-Pong, one of the most recognizable sports in the world, mixed with our unique entertainment venue concept, has proven to be a game changer in the nightlife, events, and sports industries,” SPiN claims on their official website.
The San Francisco version of Sarandon’s “ping-pong social club” will be located in the first-floor retail space of the 690 Folsom Street building. SPiN’s eclectic mix of sport and club will match well with the modernistic design 690 Folsom. Like the New York location, which looks into the 23rd Street subway system through a glass wall, San Franciscans will be able to observe the ping-pong matches through 690 Folsom’s recessed floor-to-ceiling glass walls.
The San Francisco location will feature two bars, a full kitchen, private rooms, and 16 ping-pong tables. There will also be the opportunity for “patio-pong.”
As with all other SPiN locations, memberships will be available for “the more obsessed players,” but are “not necessary to take part in [the] nightly events, tournaments, private ping-pong instruction with professional players, and casual socializing and play.” Tables can be reserved on an hourly basis or by group rates.