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If you’re into table tennis and love beer this place is your dream. For a few euros, you can get a table, paddle, and ping-pong balls then play while enjoying a pint of beer, a glass of wine, or a good cocktail.
Those with a competitive spirit will love coming here. A bit different than anything else you’ll be doing while you’re in Paris, a night here is a great way to get out some energy in a fun, silly way. Unless you’re a ping-pong pro that is, in which case, this is the place to show off your skills and maybe even win some free drinks from your friends.
Just down the street from the nightlife nexus that is Rue Oberkampf, Gossima is a nice change from the cramped bars in the neighborhood. Walk into the sleek and spacious place and head straight to the bar to reserve a table. For 6€ you’ll get 30 minutes of playing time, and while I’m sure I shouldn’t say this, I have been lucky before and they weren’t too strict as long as no one was waiting on the table.
Should you have to wait on a table, or if you just want to sit and relax a bit in between games, there’s also plenty of seating. On the main floor, large light wooden tables and benches can accommodate larger groups, and there are also high top tables and stools closer to the action. Downstairs, a second bar offers additional seating and more ping-pong tables.
Even though I’m truly awful at ping-pong, an evening at Gossima with friends is always a good time.