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Drive Table Tennis Social Club Craft sandwiches, pizza, beer, and ping pong make lunchtime more fun

Drive Table Tennis Social Club

645 Griswold St., Suite 144, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: downtown, penobscot, drive-table-tennis-club, table-tennis, ping-pong

Drive’s location inside the Penobscot building makes this a great place to unwind with a few friends after work. You can grab a beer and blow off some steam with a few rounds of table tennis while the rest of the city fights rush hour traffic.

But you might not think of coming here for lunch. It is actually an awesome and often-overlooked spot for a midday break. They open at 11 a.m. on weekdays. Grab some lunch and play a few rounds of table tennis before you head back to the office. It will help prevent that post-lunch slump, and it’s awesomely fun.

Drive has five Olympic quality tables and a special sports flooring. They also have a full bar and a crowd pleasing menu of pizza, gourmet hot dogs, and bar bites. They sometimes have a DJ, too, adding to the fun, social atmosphere (they’re even having a Movement after-party).

Don’t worry if you don’t have mad ping pong skills. Even if you’ve never played before, table tennis is pretty easy to learn and you don’t need to be particularly athletic or fit to play.

Drive has plenty of paddles you can borrow, or bring your own if you’re a more advanced player. They also keep buckets of orange and white table tennis balls around the playing area, so you don’t have to worry about chasing down your ball when you inevitably lose it (even if you’re an experienced player you’re bound to catch a rogue ball now and then). Just grab a new ball and keep playing.

You can reserve a table online, or just walk in and see what’s available. Tables cost $15 per hour for walk-ins ($10 for a half hour), or $20 for a reserved spot. if you sign up to receive updates by joining their VIP list, you’ll get your first game (a 1.5 hour pass for you and your friends) free.

When you’re ready to fuel up, share a BBQ chicken and bacon pizza with a few buddies, or try one of their craft sandwiches like the cranberry turkey and swiss.

They have a pretty impressive hot dog selection at Drive. You could go for a classic Detroit style coney dog, or mix things up with choices like a tiki dog (a beef hot dog wrapped in bacon then topped with pineapples, red onions, and terriyaki sauce. The Seattle beer bratwurst dog is cooked in a special beer sauce and served with cream cheese and caramelized onions on the side.

The loaded fries – topped with cheese, bacon, ranch, onions and jalapenos – are really delicious. We also like Drive’s veggie nachos, loaded up with melted cheese, lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, onions, black olives and sour cream. It’s bar food done right.

Drive was founded in 2012 by Diallo Smith. It initially opened in a storefront on Woodward, then moved to its current location in 2014 with help from a Kickstarter campaign.


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