Saturday, January 31, 2015

Balling Out

Get served at Boston's first ping-pong lounge


When it comes to clubbing, not much can surprise you anymore. 
You've stood under a retractable roof in Vegas and gazed upon a 25-foot stripper pole in New York. 
But a luxe ping-pong lounge? That's a new one. 
Get ready to cross that off your bucket list. Blazing Paddles is now open in the completely refurbished lower level of Fenway favorite GameOn!
Think ball service instead of bottle: post up with your crew in one the private or semi-private luxury booths, each featuring individually painted tables and an elevated view of the 300-person capacity space. 
No, there aren't strippers, but you'll end up throwing money down on the table anyway to keep the competition interesting, while designated runners track down your stray balls, Wimbledon-style.
And don't worry about your vanquished foes: they can order a burger or pizza off the redesigned food menu or hit the bar for a draft beer or a Yawkey Way Julep (Maker's Mark, simple syrup, mint, on the rocks) after you send them back to the sidelines. 
Once you've secured bragging rights for the night, you can move on to your next challenge, namely that cute brunette at the booth next to you with the hopeless forehand. 
Maybe you could teach her a stroke or two. 

Blazing Paddles @ GameOn!
82 Lansdowne St., Fenway
(617) 351-7001

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Green Line to Kenmore Square
Best bets: Hawaiian burger; Fenway pizza; Wally's Green Monstah cocktail
Nearby: Fenmore American Bistro; House of Blues; Eastern Standard

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