Bounce Table Tennis bar
There were families, friends, kids and even former Olympians (seriously), having drinks during and after competitive matches, raising their fists in triumph or else slumping off in defeat.
Unlike most bars, which usually let people play for free, Pips & Bounce rents out tables for $8 per half hour – regardless of how many people are playing. Employees will be sticklers about time if people are waiting, but otherwise they'll let you play on.
The ground was littered with balls Saturday, but it wasn't out of laziness – it was by design. Pips & Bounce stations huge baskets of balls at each table, and has employees travel the floor to collect the strays, using a brilliantly novel device fashioned out of a badminton racket, a net and a long plastic pole.
Their business model seems to rely heavily on customer service, and the two congenial brothers aim to please in any way they can.
Want a cheap snack? Try the $2 kale chips. A hearty dinner? There's a full menu of flatbreads. Don't want to play a game? There's a relaxing lounge in the loft upstairs.
But why pingpong? Michael said it's one of the few things that people can't do while holding a smartphone. In other words, it forces people to look each other in the eyes and socialize. Besides, they both just really like pingpong and they figured everyone else would too.
"What we're doing is what makes sense to us, " Michael said. "And we're pretty sure that's going to make sense to the rest of Portland."