Whether you are a fan of Eight Ball, Nine Ball, One Pocket, Cutthroat or Snooker, there is a pool hall or bar in the Atlanta area that will welcome you and your billiards-playing friends with open arms. Since entering the 2000s, the sport of billiards has seen a resurgence in America. Billiards tables are popping up in more and more bars and restaurants and many of them offer free play if you and your group are eating and drinking. Get out and shoot a game of pool at any of these wonderful spots.
Mr. Cues II Billiards
3541 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, GA 30341
Mr. Cues makes no bones about it – this spot is for serious pool players. Mr. Cues is open all day for play and that includes free tables on your lunch hour. Each week, there are leagues and tournaments that are a great way to get your competitive juices flowing. Mr. Cues also offers cue repairs while you wait, a stocked pro shop for all of your needs and lessons by a great player in Alice Rim. Wednesdays are Ladies Night and each night of the week features a different drink special. Mr. Cues is where the serious billiards players play.
Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill
8610 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Combine a few games of pool with great food, drink specials and live music and you have Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill. Located in Sandy Springs, Tony’s features four tables with views of all of the televisions around the bar and grill. Don’t forget the free “Happy Hour” buffet each weekday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Try the pizzas, appetizers and desserts in between your shots as you test your skill against the best pool players in North Fulton.
Smith’s Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
While most recognize Smith’s as one of the top music venues in Atlanta, it’s a little-known fact that it is also one of the best pool halls the city has to offer. The pools tables get a lot of play here, possibly because of the daily food and drink specials that include Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q on Wednesday nights. Keep an eye out for some ringers here looking to prey on unsuspecting pool players. But overall, Smith’s is a fun place to rack ’em up and shoot a few games.
1133 Huff Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
For generations, the Corner Tavern has served up not only the best food and beverage in Midtown, but also some of the best billiards action. Monday isn’t just “Taco Monday.” At the Corner Tavern, it also means a a free pool tournament that begins at 8 p.m. and the top three finishers win cash. Pool sharks from all over the South have come through the Corner Tavern on their way to greatness. Come and enjoy some wings and PBR and the spacious new Corner Tavern in Midtown.
3372 Canton Road
Marietta, GA 30066
Serious pool players in Cobb County gather at Cue’s in Marietta. Great tables and staff to go along with the burgers and beer. Cue’s offers over 10,000 square feet of space and weekly tournaments where the best in the area show up each week. Cue’s kitchen stays open late, so if you get hungry, it has you covered. Located right off of I-75, Thursday is ladies night and darts and poker complement the pool tournaments on the weekends. Come out to Cue’s and have fun playing pool against top-flight competition.
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