Dive into the vibrant world of billiards in the city that never sleeps as we explore the Best Pool Halls in NYC. Beyond the iconic skyline, hidden gems await, where the clack of balls colliding is a symphony of urban leisure. From historic haunts to modern hotspots, these venues offer more than just a game; they’re cultural hubs where players of all skill levels converge. Join us on a cue-studded journey through the boroughs, where each establishment boasts its unique character, from classic charm to cutting-edge design. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a casual player, these pool halls promise an unforgettable blend of competition and camaraderie in the heart of the Big Apple.
Gotham City Billiards Club has several leagues you can join to compete with other decent players. This spot in the heart of Brooklyn near Avenue U is all about billiards, so the food and drinks are not the priority, but they’re still delicious! I love their crunchy onion rings and there is nothing wrong with a cold draft beer!
Amsterdam Billiards Club is one of Manhattan’s oldest pool and indoor game bars with an upscale and old-school vibe in the East Village’s Union Square neighborhood. It boasts 25 pool tables along with foosball, board game lounges, ping pong, and beer pong tables. They have an impressive selection of beers, wine, and liquors along with a full lunch and dinner menu to spend all day and night playing every game under the sun.
The self-proclaimed “best kept secret in the Flatiron District,” Society Billiards + Bar is a full sports bar in the city and is also an American pub, and pool hall. It hosts league play but offers cheap hourly pool table rentals from the afternoon till the wee hours of the morning. Their extravagant list of small and big bites pairs with an equally over-the-top list of craft cocktails, beer, wine, and shots.
Located in the heart of Korea Town, halfway between Madison Square Garden and Madison Square Park, SPace Billiards Pool Hall & Sports Bar is a modern neon-lit pool hall and full bar in a massive futuristic space. They serve Japanese and Korean-style drinks and shots in addition to classic cocktails. They have great drink packages to go with the rental of a pool table.
Located in the Garment District, a few blocks from Hudson Yards, Break Bar and Billiards is a modern, urban chic bar with a low-key and laid-back atmosphere. They offer a full bar with creative craft cocktails, a 12-beer tap list, wine, and snacks to accompany pool games. I loved their surfer on acid drink, with Jagermeister, coconut rum, mint, and pineapple.
Slate NY is a swanky spot with tufted leather couches and rustic overhead lighting. And they have much more than pool, like ping pong tables, massive TVs, and a mini arcade! It’s about two blocks from the Flatiron Building on 21st Street. I recommend the juicy cheeseburger sliders and their house Old Fashioned, which I still think about in my dreams.
Cellar Dog in Greenwich Village is across the way from Christopher Park, offering cozy vibes and plenty of pool tables, plus, ping pong and shuffleboard. The bar has a grunge vibe with graffitied walls and plastic cups. While they don’t serve food, they serve simple drinks, like beer, and vodka sodas, to keep the fun going all night!
Just a few blocks from Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights, you can find Ocean’s 8, a traditional pool hall with a friendly and inviting vibe. I adore their tropical cocktails like the Bahama Mama, and can’t help myself when it comes to their crunchy, crispy chicken wings.
Anytime Bar and Billiards is a classy and sleek cocktail and tapas bar with pool tables, darts, and plenty of large TVs broadcasting your favorite sports game. Located in Chelsea, halfway between Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building, Anytime Bar & Billiards has a high-end cocktail menu with some delicious shooters. I loved the Green Tea shots, with peach schnapps, sour, and Jameson.
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