Nestled in the stylish confines of the Opus Building on Thonglor Soi 10, Atomic Beer Pong combines a favorite American drinking game with an open space that is adorned with glamourous strangers, pumping music, and a never-ending supply of beer. After taking the stairs from the first floor, it’s hard to miss the star-studded sign that signals beer lovers to enter and get their pong on.
For those unfamiliar with this Beer Pong, it is a brewski-fuelled sporting phenomenon, think of it as miniature tabletop basketball with booze, whereby each time a player successfully tosses a ping-pong ball into the opposing side’s cup, the latter has to drink the amber nectar.
ATOMIC owner Reugan Lim has seized upon Beer Pong’s growing local popularity, and has created a slickly blinged-out version of the game on Bangkok’s pub-goers. “I set out to offer customers a fresh alternative for an activity to enjoy during a night out drinking. My idea is to connect people in the local Beer Pong community through the fun and social bonding that the game creates.”.
Foregoing the beat-up game tables and homey Red Plastic Cups that defined the game’s origin story, Lim has decked things out with his purpose-built and hygienically sound operation using flashy, high-tech tables and special sensor-activated cups that illuminate when a ball is dunked.
While the original game requires the ‘loser’ to drink beer from the actual cup into which the ball is dunked, ATOMIC’s game cups are filled with water, while “penalty” beer is dispensed from a jug by an impartial ‘pong-girl’/referee. One can never be too clean, especially when it comes to Beer Pong.
The awesome gaming element is a perfect fit for the fun, easygoing atmosphere, and the air of friendly competition makes it easy to meet new people and make new friends. The 240 sq.m fun palace features a loft-layout and offers ample space for the brightly lit-up game tables and players.
Though the game is historically a bros only pastime, Lim roundly rejects that nonsense. With gender inclusiveness at heart, ATOMIC encourages lady-pongers to join in the fun and perhaps show some of the more confident guy players a new trick or two.