The Only Ping Pong Social Club: Susan Sarandon’s “SPiN” Becomes Major Hit in SF

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If you haven’t been by, SPiN on Third and Folsom is the chic genius of Susan Sarandon who apparently has a love for all things ping pong. Marrying together the relaxing qualities of a social club and the athletic aspects of table tennis — you’ve got to make this happening pad your next shindig.

Now coming into it’s 4 month anniversary in the Bay Area, SPiN is the hot spot where all tech and finance employees want to decompress after a long grueling day. It’s a ping pong court, a full-scale bar + restaurant, and dance party rolled into one big bash, talk about being multifaceted.

Starting as a ripple in New York’s table games seven years ago, the young social club found it’s way to the Bay Area and the response is booming. The goal that SPiN set out were to get people off their screens and onto socializing in a competitive arena. The power of making a connection with someone in the heat of competition is invaluable. “Table tennis is the sport, and SPiN is the game for everybody,” said CEO Pieter Vanermen. “We think that ping pong is very well integrated in San Francisco culture.” Almost appealing to everyone, this “start-up” has made quite a name for itself providing a brain break for those attached to their desks.

Founded by actress Susan Sarandon (yes, we said it, Susan Sarandon), Jonathan Bricklin, Franck Raharinosy and Andrew Gordon, the space has transitioned from celebrity getaway (cough cough Steph Curry) to open space for average joe’s to come and smack around a few balls. And don’t worry, there is enough space. With a astonishing 16 tables, fun is surely to be had.

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Mike Betancourt, who’s logged time in kitchens like Quince is now focusing on food that’s easy to consume while standing and talking (there’s not much in the way of seating at SPiN) so expect finger foods like sliders and flatbreads; along with truffle fries, sandwiches and salads.

There’s also an Irish coffee ice cream sandwich, as an homage to the famous drink served at Buena Vista Cafe.

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// You’ve got to stop by and experience it for yourself. Walk in’s are fine but we recommend booking a table for security. Peek the menu while you’re at it.


Written by Anthony Rogers, photographs by Anthony Rogers, Patricia Chang, and Eater SF — Get to know your community here. We promise it’s everything you need.

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