SquareMeal Review of
Bounce Old Street
Don’t be deceived by its scant street frontage, Bounce opens up into a massive basement full of table-tennis tables. These cost £19.50 off-peak or £28 peak per hour to hire, but book ahead – this new brother to the Holborn original is already chocka from mid-afternoon to midnight. A happy cacophony holds sway: the rat-a-tat-tat of ping pong balls, triumphant squeals, and the insistent beat of disco anthems. To eat, choose from a bar menu that spans pizzas, sliders, wedges and hot dogs, or the likes of grilled sea trout with braised lentils in the more formal dining section. Fuel the fun with craft beers, stouts and porters, or wine from £18.95. There’s also an extensive range of gin: keep it local by ordering a grapefruity coconutty Hoxton G&T. Otherwise, see how your serve holds up after a Daddy Mac (a Johnnie Walker Black, Pampero rum and ginger wine Julep, £8.75).