Best Ping-Pong Table - 2006
Keep your dart boards and liar's dice and pool and pinball; Ping-Pong is the pastime that separates the posers from the players and builds up a thirst for strong drink the game every bar should have as its centerpiece. Among its many charms (pool and pinball among them), Finnegans Wake features an honest-to-God Ping-Pong table out on its rustic back patio. Ask the barkeep for a couple of paddles and balls and you're in business. The table itself is nothing special a worn-at-the-edges regulation setup with a sun-bleached paint job but after a beaker or two of Guinness, your smash and spin shot will improve exponentially. The patio, a sunny, beshrubbed oasis distinct from the interior's dark and moody ambience, offers picnic tables, a barbecue grill, a few discarded kegs, and old-time iron-and-wood park benches ideal for resting before your next paddle-wielding victory.