Billiards has greatly declined in popularity within the past few decades and many pool halls have seen its day, almost all closing down in the city itself. However, many pool halls reminding you of times past remain within the surrounding area and are frequented by both newbies and skilled experts alike excited about the game. Read on to discover some of the best billiards halls in the area.
Buffalo Billiards
118 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-7665
www.buffalobilliards.com

Buffalo Billiards may be the closest thing to a pool hall in Philadelphia and it’s a roomy one at that, featuring two floors of 8 Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables. If you’re in the service industry, come in on Monday or Sunday for free pool and discounted drinks. Otherwise, you’ll play a reasonable rate depending on how many people are playing. If pool is not your game, you’ll find no shortage of entertainment here. Watch your favorite sports team on one of its 17 HDTVs or try your hand at darts, shuffleboard, skeeball or fooseball.

Drexeline Billiard Club
5100 State Road
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
(610) 259-9144
www.facebook.com/DrexelineBilliardClub

Drexeline Billiard Club is a quick 30 minute drive from Philadelphia in Drexel Hill. It’s open seven days a week and caters to both beginners and experts alike, with those who are more advanced willing to offer their advice to the lesser-skilled. This pool hall offers a clean, smoke-free environment, bar snacks and several well-maintained tables. Come here to shoot for fun or competitively in one of its leagues. Every Tuesday night, Drexeline hosts a handicap nine-ball tournament, starting at 8 p.m. People of all skill levels can join with a $5 entry fee.

Fat Albert’s Billiards, LLC
600 N. White Horse Pike
Somerdale, NJ 08083
(856) 344-7298
www.facebook.com/FatAlbertsBilliards

Fat Albert’s is located in Somersdale, NJ and is the proud winner of Philly Mag’s 2014 Best of Philly for “Best Pool Hall.” Compete in its weekly tournaments or just play for fun while mastering the art of the game. Play here is just $5 an hour per person on Friday and Saturday and $10 for all you can play during the week, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and until close on Tuesday. Fat Albert’s has a BYOB policy and you can stash your beer in its refrigerator.

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Fusco’s The Spot
4432 E. Bristol Road
Trevose, PA 19053
(215) 953-1813
www.facebook.com/Fuscothespot

Fusco’s The Spot is 45 minutes away from the city in Trevose. Family owned and operated, this pool hall is opened way past midnight seven nights a week and, fair warning, allows smoking. It does, however, have incredibly cheap prices, a snack bar and mini refrigerators to stock the beer you brought in yourself. The Spot has a blacklight pool room with interesting art to enhance your experience. It also has a couple of ping pong tables and arcade card games if you need a break from billiards or are waiting for your cue to be repaired onsite.

Main Line Billiards
490 Lancaster Ave.
Frazier, PA 19355
(610) 647-8805
www.mainlinebilliards.com

Main Line Billiards is located in Frazier in Chester County, approximately an hour away from Philly. It has 11 full-size gold crown tables just waiting for you to come in and show it your skills. Bring a few beers and friends and play at an inexpensive rate until you tire of the game or participate in its weekly tournaments. Entry or intermediate players might enjoy the free 8 ball bar box tournament every week, where you can play for prizes. Come here also to play cards (poker) and darts. Other perks: multiple TVs, snack bar and a touch screen jukebox and video games.

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Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.