• Posted:Monday, January 11, 2010
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Check out Sydney's Doctor Pong
If you like drinking and sport - or you believe that drinking is a sport - it could be advisable for you to consider booking a room in a Sydney hostel this year as a new bar has opened in the city that combines both alcohol and physical activity.

Now, some may say that these two in partnership is simply a recipe for disaster but I disagree. I think it sounds fantastic, particularly when you find that the sport in question is none other than the old Forrest Gump favourite, ping pong.

That's got your attention, hasn't it? Thought so! Picture the scene: There you are, quietly enjoying a pint or two while taking in a few rounds of table tennis, perhaps getting up every now and again from your bar stool to play a couple of games yourself. Apparently, the bar's called Doctor Pong and has a restaurant (for hungry gamers), a drinking saloon and a game room to boot.

Located just off the principle shopping strip in Sydney, it's situated on Burton Street and, according to Tourism Australia, recalls the heady atmosphere of "an American frat house (DJ decks in the corner), spliced with New South Wales south coast beach house (backgammon, easels [and] board games)".

If you do decide to go, swot up on the following (very) potted history of ping pong to wow your fellow players. About.com says that the game probably originated in the 12th century with Royal Tennis. However, the earliest manifestation of table tennis as we know it today was created by David Foster in 1890, who made a set similar to the one currently in existence.

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