Tiger Beer Tuesday at Pips Table Tennis & Art Space
Chinese New Year kicked off the “Year of the Dragon” in bold fashion last night in Brooklyn. No, we were not in Sunset Park lighting firecrackers on the street while seeing paper dragons overhead. Instead we took the G train to Williamsburg to attend a highly unique yet very Asian themed event. PIPS Table Tennis & Arts Space of Roebling St. teamed up with the popular Singapore beer brand Tiger to present, “Tiger Tuesday.” It would be a grand celebration with complimentary Tiger Beer and free open play all night long.
PIPS fits like a glove into the surrounding Williamsburg landscape. The venue’s layout features a front bar area for hanging out and grabbing a drink while staring at some cool art pieces. But once you descend the stairs into the main space you find a true blue joint for table tennis pros, and those who love to get the occasional game on. PIPS pride for the game starts with the professional grade tables, of which they have three. Players are also able to use pro paddles, while following Olympic mandated table tennis rules. This is most certainly not your friend’s basement!
As the hours rolled on, PIPS filled up with table tennis lovers, and those who simply wanted to celebrate the Chinese New Year in a unique and fun manner. While the games played on, guests quenched their collective thirst with complimentary Tiger Beer tall boy cans (nice touch). And since man and woman cannot live on ale alone, an array of authentic dumplings were laid out for all to enjoy. The beer and dumpling combo really seemed to get everyone in the mood, and ready to hit the tables!
Last night’s event was only the tip of the iceberg as to what PIPS has to offer. On a regular basis the facility will host ladies nights, professional grade tournaments, art shows, and table tennis training sessions with player/coach Renata Pelchova. The space is also perfect for table tennis themed events, and PIPS is more than happy to rent the space out. Call it table tennis or ping pong, either way PIPS is here to serve it up.
- Jay Rubin