Wimbledon Wednesdays at Commonwealth
An inevitable pitfall of spending time with any group of friends is that a motion to get together for the night can be easily hijacked into a night of drinking. However, 10th Avenue hipster watering hole Commonwealth Bar & Stage has cycled in a new extra-circular activity for students looking for an “uncommon” bar experience.
In the tradition of tabletop game nights and bingo as Calgary pub attractions, Commonwealth has introduced Wimbledon Wednesday, a weekly table tennis tournament for its bar patrons.
According to marketing manager Colin Canning, the tight competition between music-focused bars in the area pushed Commonwealth to try something new.
“We need Broken City to do what they do, Republik to do what they do,” said Canning.
“It’s not like when you go to a small town and there’s just one bar.” He said Calgary is an “evolving city,” and that Commonwealth has “sprung out of the new.”
Second-year bachelor of business administration-accounting student Evan Dumouchel and second-year professional cooking student Moises Gonzalez can often be found at SAIT’s own tennis tables on the lower floor of the Campus Centre building. According to Gonzalez table tennis is, “Stress-free but if you take it seriously, it can be a lifestyle.” To which Dumouchel added, “No matter how good you are, you can always have fun.”
Both experienced players, they were enthusiastic about an opportunity to play with a larger community, saying they might stop by Commonwealth themselves.
On Wednesday evenings, Wimbledon Wednesday offers both organized tournament brackets and leisure-play tables, filling up most of the floor space on the largest top floor but leaving the lower area open for live music and drinking.
Table Tennis is a game that requires a high level of dexterity, making it a poor match for drinking. Drinking at the tables is actually heavily discouraged, and with good reason – it’s ping pong, not beer pong.
Commonwealth Bar & Stage is located at 733 – 10 Ave SW. Tables open at 7 p.m. on Wimbledon Wednesdays. For more information, visit www.commonwealthbar.ca.