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Best pool halls

Fritz Hahn  |  Updated 08/27/2010

Whether you're meeting friends for a game of 9-ball or practicing your English, keep this list of billiards bars in your pocket.


Bedrock Billiards

Washington, DC

In an area filled with barhoppers, Bedrock attracts a friendly, offbeat neighborhood crowd. (The regular art shows, solid beer selection and jukebox may have something to do with that.) Though there are only seven tables, the underground hall lures good players - and also offers darts, shuffleboard and Wii.


Breakers Sky Lounge

Herndon, VA

Hidden in a clock tower atop a suburban shopping center, the airy, two-level Breakers offers 14 tables, regular league nights, live cover bands on Friday nights and a comfortable 60-foot bar.


Buffalo Billiards

Washington, DC

Thirty pool tables, numerous shuffleboard tables, five dart boards, cozy nooks with couches, an array of big-screen TVs and two full bars have made Buffalo one of D.C.'s most popular pool halls.



Herndon, VA

Sister to Ballston's bustling Carpool, this comfortable billiards hall mixes nine tables, darts and foosball with couch-filled lounge areas in a bright, pool-meets-greasemonkey atmosphere.



Arlington, VA

A swinging jet-set pool hall that's like no other in the Washington area, Continental offers a bright purple, green and orange color scheme, a full-service tiki bar and retro furniture. Choose from pool, skee-ball, shuffleboard, darts or Ping-Pong to keep yourself occupied.


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