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It used to be that a cool dive bar was only as good as its pool table, a ratty relic in a dimly lit back room with a menacing vibe served straight, no chaser. Post-Olympic fever has changed things. Pingpong, that “Whip it Good!” sport made popular by the Chinese, has spawned a new bar culture — one where the drinks are as bouncy as the balls that skiff across shiny, well-lit, green-topped tables. Grab a cocktail, then head to one of these places to create a racket:

Miami Beach, Fla.
New South Beach scenester bar with — count ’em — seven pingpong tables and a rentable VIP pong room.
1234 Washington Ave.
(305) 532-8662

Lavaca Street Bar
Austin, Texas
Loved by locals for its Wednesday-night Pong Rock tournaments.
405 Lavaca St.
(512) 469-0106

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Tony’s Saloon in Los Angeles
Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping-Pong Emporium

Only in the South can you play pingpong in a bar-issued choir robe. Monday nights here are especially biblical.
466 Edgewood Ave. SE
(404) 522-8275

New York
Actress Susan Sarandon is a co-owner and a frequent visitor, along with other just-hangin’ celebs.
48 E. 23rd St.
(212) 982-8802

Tony’s Saloon
Los Angeles
Props for free parking and pong; also boasts sleek leather barstools and banquettes — plus serious whiskey and craft beers.
2017 E. 7th St.
(213) 622-5523