The City of Brotherly Love has plenty of watering holes where friends can gather over a few cold ones, hang out and have a ball shooting pool. Actually, you’ll need anywhere from four to 22 balls to really have fun — give or take a few — depending on your favorite game, whether it’s carom, snooker, pocket billiards or pool. Whatever you call it, grab your favorite cue stick and head out for a night of fun and games in the City of Brotherly Love. Channel your inner pool shark (but don’t get hustled!) when you rack ‘em up at one of these Philly-area venues.
118 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Shoot pool, toss some darts, try your hand at skeeball or challenge a friend to a rousing game of foosball at this popular Old City establishment. If poker is your game, Buffalo Billiards is the place for you on Tuesday nights, when you can win gift cards or even a trip to Vegas. Enjoy half-off drafts and appetizers when you stop in for happy hour, and don’t worry about finding a seat at the bar; Buffalo Billiards has two, with one on each floor. If you sling food or drink for a living, just show your ID Sundays and Mondays to take advantage of discounted drinks and free pool on one of Buffalo Billiards’ eight Brunswick pool tables. Sports fans won’t miss a thing with 17 1080p HD Plasma TVs on hand to make sure you see the big game from every angle — while enjoying a $3 Yeungling Drafts or $4 Bloody Mary, of course.
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Good Dog Bar
224 S. 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
This favorite Philly watering hole is known for its burgers – don’t miss out on the roguefort-stuffed Good Dog burger or the Korean BBQ sliders. Before you settle in to one of the eatery’s comfortable, high-backed booths to nosh on the great grub, head upstairs to shoot a game of pool or try your hand at darts. Good Dog is a great neighbor, with a 20-percent discount Sunday through Wednesday for fellow restaurant and bar employees, and 20 percent off the tab every day as a thanks to the police and firefighters. With happy hour specials, half-price canned brews on Wednesdays, an internet jukebox and an arcade machine with 50 retro games, Good Dog really lives up to its name.
Lucky Strikes Bowling Alley
1336 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Lucky Strikes is located in Penn Center on Chestnut Street near Broad. With its trendy spaces, sophisticated menu and full-service bars, this is no ordinary bowling alley. Lucky Strikes has attracted Philly-area bowlers and fun seekers since 2006. And if billiards is your game, you’re in the right place, with eight tables on hand to keep an army of pool-shooting pals happy. With valet service, bottle service and discounted parking available to patrons, this wheelchair-accessible venue is perfect for a fun night out on the town.
6201 Keystone St.
Philadelphia, PA 19135
Tacony Billiards is the place to be, whether you’ve been shooting pool for years or it’s your first time at the table. Players of all levels gather at this popular venue seven days a week. Stop in to try your hand at a game or join a league, and be sure to note the specials. Every Wednesday, ladies play free, and everyone gets a discounted price daily until 6 p.m. Since the early 1990s, Tacony Billiards has been the place to go for Philly-area pool fanatics and friends to gather over a few drinks and shoot pool or just kick back and enjoy the music of the DJ who plays Wednesday through Saturday nights.
530 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Tattooed Mom is the quintessential South Street bar. Right at home in this Philly neighborhood known for its bohemian and eclectic atmosphere, Tattooed Mom holds her own on this street lined with boutiques, shops restaurants and bars. This venue has a bit of everything, offering patrons two uniquely different floors of casual dining and fun. In addition to serving up an assortment of veggie and vegan dishes, other tasty menu items include tacos, burgers and a wide selection of tater tots and fries. The menu also touts a yummy comfort-food appetizer basket that, according to its name, will go right to your (ahem) assets. Enjoy a casual lunch, dinner or weekend brunch or munch on nachos or waffle fries while you sample one of the ever-changing choices of local and regional draft beers. When you finish your food, Tattooed Mom encourages you to play, so head upstairs to check out the fun in this eclectic lounge where there is something fun for everyone, from toys, candy, a lounge and bar and even a couple of pool tables.
Christy Ayala covers sports, recreation, the outdoors, and leisure activities in the Philadelphia area. She earned a masters degree in recreation administration from George Williams College and managed programs in the Midwest, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.