A Stellar Post-Collegiate Scene at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, DC
January 14, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, US – Most post-grads would agree that since graduation and the days of frat houses and beer pong, social events in the professional world look and feel remarkably different. Nevertheless, it’s still possible to find a sophisticated version of the collegiate party scene in Washington, DC at places like Comet Ping Pong. The Cleveland Park spot specializes in pints, pizza, and ping pong, an alliteration that would likely have our old English professors as excited as we are about the fun spot.
Now that we’re past graduation, red Solo cups are so passé. But that doesn’t mean we’ve lost our taste for a refreshing beer. Comet offers up grown-up microbrews on tap and bottles of stouts, ales, IPAs, and lagers. So forget beer pong and instead grab a paddle for ping pong! There is also wine by the glass and carafe as well as hard cider for non-beer drinkers. Just be sure to not overindulge lest you compromise your coordination in that table tennis match.
It’s a tossup (literally) between what we enjoy most: the ping pong or the pizza. The thin crust pies are fired in a wood oven and make for a perfect late-night snack. The eclectic flavor pairings, like The Smoky (made with smoldering ingredients like smoked mushrooms and mozzarella) and The Yalie (a combination of clams, garlic, melted onions, thyme, parmesan, and lemon) rival those found in upscale pizzerias. Diners even have the option of making their own pizzas, with the toppings of their choice.
And then there’s the punk-rock aesthetic that draws in the crowds of hip 20-somethings. Live music acts play regularly (and make quite a racket given the gritty, concrete walls!). But it’s not always a party at Comet. Early in the evening, families pop in for the delicious pizza (not to mention chocolate chip cookies and ice cream).
But for those dead-set on reliving their college days, Comet doesn’t disappoint. There’s a party room fit for 20 to 50 people with two ping pong tables, one foosball table, and a bar that can be rented out for private events. Kind of puts the “fraternity” back in fraternizing!
Read more about Comet Ping Pong in our Washington, DC Guide.