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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 10th 2011


If you enjoy a good game of pool, snooker, or billiards, there are several locations in New York City that allow you to play any or all of t hese games. A couple of these places specialize in one type, so if you enjoy snooker better than billards, or just want to play a regular game of pool, you should be able to find a place that will let you do just that.

Many places offer other activities or serve food and drinks; others are strictly for playing pool. Some are considered more upscale, while others are your typical "come and have fun" pool halls. You can choose which venue suits you best from any of the ones listed below.

Play, 77-17 Queens Blvd

That's the name of the place, but there's much more to it than the one word suggests. Play includes a lounge that is designed to have more of a living-room feel than a barroom atmosphere, while just adjacent to it are six pool tables. While you're waiting for your table, you can enjoy a game of ping-pong on one of the three available tables, or have fun on the air hockey machine.

The entire venue is designed to give you a feel of privacy, both in the lounge area and the playing area. The lounge invites low-key socializing, but once you're finished with that, you can move into the more relaxed play area to finish your evening on a high note.

Spin City Billiards Café, 43-12 50th St., between Celtic Ave. and 43rd St., Queens

This is one of the places to play pool in New York that features a specific kind of pool—snooker. This game is played on a larger pool table surface, and uses 21 balls instead of 15. In addition, the pockets are smaller and a lot harder to hit. The result is a game that's quite a bit different from regular pool or even billiards, but possibly more fun.

It is believed that this Queens location is the only one where you can find actual snooker play, so if this is your game, make the trek out to Woodside and enjoy the fun. Hours are from 11:00 AM until 4:00 AM; beer and a full menu of food are available, but no hard liquor (you can't serve it if there are more than two pool tables in an establishment, and there are more than that at Spin City Billiards Café).

Park Billiards, 2020 White Plains Road, Bronx

This venue has 51 pool tables scattered over two floors. If you're not having any luck downstairs, try some of the ones that are upstairs. Likewise, if the "felt" isn't being kind to you up top, come down below. This is a very popular location in New York City, so there's no telling who you might run into. So, come on out and enjoy a game of pool with your friends, or come alone. You might meet someone interesting.

SOHO Billiard Sport Center Inc., 298 Mulberry Street

Not one to be left out of anything, the SoHo neighborhood gives you SOHO Billiard Sport Center, Iinc. This is a "specialty" place; the game of choice here is pocket billiards. Don't worry if you're a beginner, you'll likely find a few others still learning the basics. Take a few minutes to watch some of the serious competitors play and pick up a few tips from them. Then, pick up a pool cue and try it yourself. Or just remain a spectator while enjoying a cool drink and what's on TV at the bar.

Fat Cat Billiards, 75 Christopher Street

This place bills itself as an upscale billiards parlor. It has recently undergone a complete renovation and now offers billiards, a video arcade, and a full service bar in its 5,000 square foot venue. You can also find other games, such as ping-pong and even a few board games. There's also live music every night for your entertainment. So, bring your friends and enjoy an evening that's got a little class but still lets you have a whole lot of fun.
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Why? Because pool is fun
When: Whenever a pool bar is open
Where: All over New York
Cost: Depends on place
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