Denver's Top Spots for Billiards, Bites, Good Music & Good Friends

Billiards encompasses a variety of different games played with a cue and balls on a felt- or worsted-wool-covered table, including American-style pool, Snooker and billiards. Pool as we know it in the United States is played on tables with pockets, thus it's often referred to in other countries as pocket billiards. Traditional billiards is played on tables with no pockets. Pool is typically played with one cue ball and 15 colored striped and solid balls; Snooker is played with 22 balls. However you describe it or play it, billiards is an engaging and social pastime that can be as challenging or just plain fun as you wish. It always goes well with beer and game-oriented gatherings, which is why you find it in brewpubs such as Pints Pub and bars where group games are front and center, such as Punch Bowl Social. Add interesting food and music to the mix–e.g. Czech dishes at Sobo 151 and Cajun Cuisine at Lincoln's Roadhouse–and that's all the better. Billiards draws legions of players from young to old. However you play it and whatever accompaniment you desire with it, there's a Denver billiards hall for you. 

Hanson's is a traditional laid-back neighborhood bar and restaurant at the north end of Old South Pearl, convenient to both the Platt Park and Wash Park neighborhoods. Two bar-size pool tables wait upstairs for Hanson patrons and they're free...  Read More

If you love Cajun food, blues, rockabilly and pool, this is your place. No frills, down-and-dirty-but-oh-so-friendly Lincoln's Roadhouse puts it all together in between the Wash Park and Platt Park neighborhoods, right off of I-25. You can play...  Read More

Punch Bowl Social Denver
Photo courtesy of Punch Bowl Social Denver

Punch Bowl Social is the place for a group of friends who like lots of games. There's just one pool table but there's also bowling, ping pong, darts, bocce, corn hole, foosball, marbles, vintage arcade and pinball games and giant magnetic wall...  Read More

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Pints Pub
Photo courtesy of Pints Pub

Pints is a traditional British pub with two bar-size billiard tables on the main floor right in the middle of all the pub action. Tables are played using a $1 token per game. There's a ton of British memorabilia on the walls to remind patrons...  Read More

This Czech-owned sports bar has a European vibe and generous selection of Czech beers. Patrons come to play pool on three tables, which are free with a purchase until 6 p.m. and 75 cents a game after, or to challenge themselves at Pac-Man,...  Read More

Skylark has been serving Denver customers since 1943, and it keeps on evolving. Head up to Skylark's Pair O' Dice Poolroom, which Billiards Digest voted one of the nation's top three new poolrooms when it opened in 2006. There are three...  Read More

Zanzibar Billiards offers 12 Brunswick Gold Crown billiards tables plus a slew of other fun games to play, including four-person air hockey, shuffleboard and video games. If you buy something to eat or drink, pool is free until 7 p.m. The menu...  Read More

Felt, as its name suggests, is very much about billiards. It has more than 20 tables, both coin op and not, seven to nine feet in length, plus one Snooker table. Leagues play several nights each week. But billiards is not its only draw. Felt...  Read More

Back in 1988 when Governor John Hickenlooper was an entrepreneurial beer lover who apparently saw the craft beer movement coming, he and three friends opened Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver's first craft brewery. Occupying one of the city's...  Read More

Fifteen Brunswick Gold Crown billiard tables provide plenty of opportunity for pool lovers to play here. In addition to the billiard tables, Tarantula also offers Foosball, four-person air hockey, shuffleboard and video games to keep patrons...  Read More


Meet Christine Loomis

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