Pool halls are a dying breed, with many local area locations having closed their doors in recent years. And while many local bars tend to have a table or two in their respective establishments, playing a game can be downright cumbersome. If you’d like to avoid the inconveniences of playing pool at a local bar––which often includes long waits for an open table and poor table placement that has you repeatedly asking drunken bystanders to kindly move out of your way so you can shoot––your best bet is to hit up a legitimate pool hall. Check out the following establishments for the best pool halls the Twin Cities has to offer.
1934 Hwy 13 E.
Shooters is one of those pool halls that is consistently raved about, and with 64 pool tables to choose from, it’s not hard to understand why. Heralded as the largest pool hall in the state, Shooters is also an entertainment center, bar and cafe all-in-one. Shooters offers convenient, individual seating at each pool table and plenty of space so that you won’t have to constantly ask your neighbor to clear the way while you take your shot. Rates vary hourly, depending on the number of players, but check out the summer special where you can prepay $13 and play from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday evenings. Shooters also offers league opportunities, with several to choose from based on game preference and skill level, including 8 ball, 14.1 Straight Ball, and Jr. League. And Masse Cafe inside Shooters offers hungry pool Shooters tasty eats, beer and mixed drinks and 20 TVs to catch your favorite sports on while taking a break from pool shooting.
Two Stooges Bar and Grill
7178 University Ave. NE
Fridley, MN 55432
Similar to Shooters, Two Stooges is a sports bar, dining and entertainment center all rolled into one. Two Stooges features summer pool packages that combine games of pool with food and beverages for a complete evening out. The bronze package starts at $20 and includes a pitcher of beer (or a soda), a large pizza (up to 2 toppings) and an hour of pool for two people. With 30 seven-foot Diamond tables and 13 nine-foot Gabriel tables to choose from, waiting for a table is rarely an issue. Summer leagues are also available to join for more competitive players. Check out the convenient on-site pro shop for pool items and repair services. And ladies, if you’re looking to shoot a few casual games, hit up Two Stooges Tuesday and Sunday evenings from 8 p.m. to close for free pool.
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Jimmy’s Pro Billiards
4040 Central Ave. NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Jimmy’s is a laid back place with 10 seven-foot Diamond Pro tables, five nine-foot Gold Crown tables and more to choose from. The bar’s daily summer special is a steal, at just $10 per person all day, every day. Jimmy’s also offers beer and wine for thirsty players, with bucket specials containing five ice cold beers for $13. This pool hall welcomes league players, and currently offers half price table time for M8 league players. Be sure to call (651) 636-2022 for more information on league specifics. Hungry? Order some of the bar’s homemade goods, which include deli sandwiches, burgers and fries.
Biff’s Sports Bar & Grill
7777 Hwy 65 NE
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
If you’re looking to join a local league, Biff’s is a great place to start, as it offers a variety of pool leagues from Sunday through Thursday evenings. Whether you are a relative novice looking to improve your game in a competitive environment, or you consider yourself to be a pool pro, Biff has several league options with sizeable regular season payouts. Check out the daily happy hours for great drink specials which include two-for-ones on beer and rails drinks from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and late night happy hour when you can buy a cocktail or beer and get a second for $1 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Got your fill of pool? Head next door to Shark’s Pizzeria and Arcade for a slice of pizza and to play one of the bar’s 25-plus arcade game offerings. For more information on leagues, contact Cory Kravik at (763) 300-5679 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.