Ping pong at Pop’s!

American Tripps Now at Pop's

[Editor's note: This is actually my event, so the Pop's folks let me write the blurb. Please enjoy...]

Sooo, what’s “Berlin-style ping pong night” mean anyway? Well it’s three things…

  1. It happens in the evening, in a dark, friendly neighborhood bar, where the booze is flowing and the party vibes are strong
  2. There are DJs spinning upbeat danceable jams, both familiar and unfamiliar
  3. The ping pong is a little different, played in a social and casual and kinda trippy way that allows 20+ people to take part

Here’s an animated GIF of that last one:

Tonight will be just like that except there’s a lot less room at Pop’s, so the circle is much tighter — and thus it’s much easier to make new friends ;)

Check out this week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


What are you doing for April Fools’ Day? I recommend doing some SINGIN’ and maybe a little PINGIN’

April Fool's Day Singin' & Pingin'

American Tripps (the “Berlin-style” ping pong party I helped start here in the Mission back in 2011) along with the legendary DJ Purple present the first-ever April Fools’ Day edition of Singin’ & Pingin’, this Friday night at Verdi Club. Here’s from the official invite:

This is our first ever APRIL FOOLS’ DAY date, so we knew it had to be a SINGIN’ & PINGIN’ party!!!

• DANCE KARAOKE w/ the world famous DJ Purple
• BERLIN-STYLE PING PONG all night long (2 tables!)
• DRINK SPECIALS by the Verdi Club crew

*****Special guest ~April fools~ will announce CRAZY NEW RULES at the ping pong tables throughout the night!!!!
**********And it’s up to YOU to bring some utter FOOLISHNESS to the karaoke stage!!!

RSVP and invite your friends here! (And be sure to get a head start browsing DJ Purple’s songbook.)

UPDATE: Btw my favorite *foolish* song DJ Purple has is probably “Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick” by Ian Dury. I’d do it myself tomorrow, but I have some other plans. Who’s up for it?

Where should we go dancing this Saturday night?

I think we’ve got a couple options…

1.) All the way from NYC, it’s superstar DJ Jonathan Toubin, doing a free late-night session at the Chapel:


2.) Or if you wanna keep it local, our pal Tristes Tropiques is the special guest at Galaxy Radio at the Knockout:


Democratic Debate Drinking Game


Join your fellow Democrats and political junkies to watch the next chapter of the Bernie v Hillary saga live this Wednesday 6pm at Pops Bar! This debate, presented by Univision News and co-sponsored by The Washington Post, will air live on Univision in Spanish and simulcast in English on both CNN and Fusion. Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos and The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty will moderate a conversation about important topics to Latin@s, including the economy, immigration, education, health care, national security, and more.

Might we suggest making it a little bit more interesting with the following drinking game:

Sip whenever:

  • Sanders references the 99 percent.
  • Clinton slowly shakes her head with a smile/death stare.
  • The candidates don’t answer a question.
  • Someone says “middle class,” “right to vote,” “minimum wage” or “debt crisis.”

Gulp whenever:

  • Clinton reminds the audience she could be the first woman president.
  • Someone says “let me be clear.”
  • The candidates say they agree with one another — and then go on to prove they don’t.
  • Sanders gets a little over-enthusiastic with the gestures.

Guzzle whenever:

  • Someone slams Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
  • A candidate makes a tongue-in-cheek comment about their would-be vice president.
  • Someone flat-out insults another candidate.
  • The candidates get in a shouting match.

Finish your drink:

  • Anyone tries to act cool or be hip — and you cringe.

Check out this week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


There goes the neighborhood…


[Editor's note: Congrats, y'all!]

Tonight’s the night! Pops Bar has been nominated for a NITEY award for BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR. The NITEY’s celebrate and honor excellence in creative content and patron experience in the San Francisco nightlife industry. Starting tonight at 6:30pm at The Regency Center, get your tickets, walk the red carpet and cheers on POPS BAR! Thank you to everyone who voted. Award or no award, we already know that our neighbors are absolutely the best of San Francisco!

Check out this week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


Booze, Bones and Babes


This Sunday the Bon Vivants present a night of booze, bones and babes at Pops Bar! Stop in from 7-9pm for some clackin’ and throwing bones all while slugging back some chocolate Jell-O shots with Ancho Reyes and Mandarine Napoelon. The Bon Vivants’ own Ethan “Bone Daddy” Terry will be hosting the event with DJ Chili Killi (aka Nicolas Torres) playing a menagerie of jams to keep you bonin’. Pops’ girls Ally & Ellie will be tending bar and they’ll be sure to wet your whistle. Come on down to the boneyard.

This week at Pops Bar:


What should we do tonight?

So much to choose from! We’ll start at the southernmost option and head north:

1.) Oldies Night at the Knockout! It’s nasty!

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2.) Roger Niner Karaoke at Pop’s! Now every 3rd Thursday!


3.) Haçeteria’s 5th anniversary party at F8! Best dance party in town!


4.) Smiths vs. LCD Soundsystem dance party at Rickshaw Stop! Live bands + DJs!


Mission clothing swap!

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Cleaning out your closet has never been more fun. Gather up your clean, unwanted clothes, shoes & jewelry. Come down to Pops Bar on Sunday 2/21 from 2-5PM and let the swapping begin! Leave some clothes, take some clothes all while sipping Bacon Bloody Marys. We’ll take care of sorting the items, all you have to do is show up and have a perfect Sunday afternoon of hunting for new clothes and enjoying a drink at Pops Bar.

Check out this week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


Valentine’s Day sucks


[Editor's note: Just confirmed! Mission Mission 9th anniversary party at Pop's this Sunday a.k.a. Valentine's Day a.k.a. our literal 9th anniversary at 9am! More info soon! Thanks, Pop's!]

Happy in love? Aww that’s so cute, now just go away please…This week we’re all over celebrating the single life with our BFFs and at the same time cursing the single life by getting oh so Emo on you. Sadderday SF asks you to song request your broken heart out so we can all get a good cry or scream on the dance floor.

Check out this week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


Things to do in SF this weekend if you’re a local and you don’t care about the Super Bowl

1. Go to the final American Tripps at DSF in the Lower Haight tonight! DSF had to close its doors due to rising rents and stuff, so this is your LAST CHANCE to party there! And how long’s it been since you went to one of these Berlin-style ping pong parties anyway??


2. Go to the Rice Paper Scissors Lunar New Year Brunch at Pizza Hacker on Saturday! The RPS crew only does their brunch thing every now and then, so you need to hop on this opportunity. They’re doing a “Phở French Dip,” man!


That’s it!