The good times keep on rolling as Hamilton is served another spot for social gatherings. Serve Ping Pong and Lounge had its grand opening on October 15. The 10,000 square foot lounge boasts 12 ping pong tables and an extensive food and drink menu.
Serve Ping Pong has a unique bar atmosphere, great for grabbing a bite to eat and engaging in some friendly competition with your pals. The King Street space, next door to Hamilton’s new coworking space, CoMotion, and across from the Royal Connaught, offers views of downtown Hamilton including the historic condo building. It even features renderings of the city on its walls.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Kevin Huyhn – one of the founders along with Adam Clermont, Gianmarco Silano, and Mark Accardi – explains why this city was the right place for a ping pong lounge.
“My heart is always here. I’ve seen it in it’s worst days and for the past decade, have seen it pick back up again. Hamilton is an ambitious city that really thrives on it’s uniqueness to differentiate itself from other cities. The concept of ping pong in a unique space really fits that mould. I believe the time is right and the people of Hamilton are ready for it!”
The grand opening welcomed Alex Moran, member of Canada’s National Table Tennis team, Ward 2 City Councellor Jason Farr, and free Collective Arts Beer samples as people gathered for the ribbon cutting and first official Serve games.
“Opening night was absolutely fantastic! We had all our close friends and family along with community leaders come out to help us celebrate. The feedback was outstanding and everyone seemed to enjoyed themselves as we ended up staying open two hours past our anticipated closing time,” said Kevin.
On the menu you’ll find appetizers like spring rolls, breaded pickles, and arancini paired with charcuterie, flat breads, and sliders, perfect for sharing. There is also a wine and cocktail menu.
Kids are welcome at Serve Ping Pong before 9pm, making it a great spot for family outings in the city. It’s also a great idea for holiday and work parties, encouraging people to interact while enjoying an activity together.
One hour of ping pong is $20 an hour for walk-in tables and reservations, but private rooms are also available to rent for special events at $50 an hour.
Serve is another fun business to add to the list of Hamilton’s growing hangout spots.
“We want people to keep coming back. We want to be able to provide such a fun and entertaining venue that people will rave about it every time they talk to their friends. We want to be able to connect Hamilton and it’s surrounding communities through food, drink and pong. We’re hoping this first one is a big success so we can further expand this concept so more people can enjoy the sport of pong!”
For die-hard players, or those looking for a different club to join, Serve is hosting a Ping Pong League with prizes, which runs for 12 weeks starting November 3, every Tuesday from 7-9pm.
Serve Ping Pong now serves brunch on Sundays from 11-3. We got a taste of their new brunch menu and here’s what you can expect, starting with refreshing mimosas and flatbread-garnished caesars (there’s coffee too if you’d like).
For now, the brunch menu created by Chef Stewart Byfield is fairly small with six items – but it surely does not disappoint! The only thing missing may be some pancakes or french toast – but I think the eggs benny make up for it. For traditional breakfast lovers, the Serve Breakfast ($7) comes with two eggs as you like ‘em, three strips of pepper bacon, two slices of toast, home fries, and creamy dill slaw. We didn’t try this one but it seems pretty standard.
For that extra special brunch, go for one of the eggs Benedict ($12). The Pulled Pork Benedict is delicious, with two poached eggs over pulled pork and cheddar cheese, topped with hollandaise sauce on a buttermilk biscuit. The other option, Serve Benedict, is equally as good. It’s topped with candied bacon, cherry tomatoes, and a large, crunchy onion ring. Serve even made a vegetarian option for our friend Leslie at Hungry in the Hammer.
For those who crave a basic sandwich, the Dirty Bacon & Eggwich ($10) is topped with cheddar cheese, tomato, and Serve sauce on sourdough bread, served with home fries and slaw. For a lighter option, the Serve Salad ($7) is made with arugula, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and a deviled egg.
Kudos to Serve Ping Pong for giving everyone what they want: poutine. The Breakfast Poutine ($8) is a bowl of home fries, cheese curds, and veal gravy with a poached egg and bacon.
SAVE THE DATE: Visit Serve Ping Pong on December 13 for a special brunch with prix-fix menu and bottomless mimosas and caesars!
Visit Serve Ping Pong at 105-115 King St E (2nd Floor).