September 15, 2017
SPiN Philadelphia officially opened its doors on Friday, Sept. 15, with a grand opening party running from 9 p.m to 2 a.m. The ping-pong social club is located in the basement of the WeWork offices near 15th and Walnut streets.
Celebrity guests attending included DJ Royale, rapper Schoolly D, street artist King Saladeen and Philadelphia 76er Robert Covington.
To entertain attendees, the early portion of the evening featured a ping-pong showdown between world champion players.
You don't need to have serious ping-pong skills to enjoy SPiN, though. The club is for anyone – from newbie to expert – looking for a unique hangout.
Walk-ins are welcome at SPiN, as are big parties or corporate events. The club will offer tournament leagues, casual play, private ping-pong lessons and ping-pong parties.
In the massive 12,000-square-foot interior, there are 17 Olympic-style ping-pong tables, lounge space, a center horseshoe bar, a kitchen, a retail space and the "Red Room."
The "Red Room," which is floor-to-ceiling red, is unique to the Philly location.
Inside is cherry-colored seating, a custom-outfitted ping-pong table and red neon signs. Follow the scratch-and-sniff cherry wallpaper from the room and you'll find bleachers overlooking "Center Court," where epic ping-pong battles will take place.
"[The color] red represents the heart of SPiN. The 'Red Room' and the wallpaper are all about experience. The goal is that everyone who leaves the space leaves with a smile on their face," stated Vanermen.
"Ping-pong is a kind of nostalgia. In your childhood everything was possible. Bringing that feeling back is what we're trying to do today."
The cocktail menu includes drinks with names like "The Fishtown Throwdown," "That Gin JAWN" and "A Philly’s Own."
For food, there are shareable dishes like pastrami tots, pork roll sliders and funnel cake bites.
Looking around the venue, you'll notice graffiti and murals from local artists, including King Saladeen.
Philadelphia is the newest location.
SPiN Philadelphia's hours of operation are below:
• Mondays through Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to midnight
• Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
• Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.