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BigRigTom
08-11-2006, 04:01 AM
Here is a challenge to the reach of this forum.
My wife and I are on vacation in Paris, Fr. We are staying at the George V on Avenue George V in Paris. I have been wandering around to the various pubs and resturants and have yet to see a public pool table.
I had taxi take me to a pool hall the other day which is about 10 minutes away by taxi only to discover it was considered here in Paris to be a casino. They did have lots of pool tables but the area was pretty questionable and you have to provide photo id to enter. I didn't have my driver's license or pass port on me so did not get to go in. I was only able to look in from the sidewalk. This is the view from the street.....

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Anyways I am still looking for a more friendly place and will be here until the 16th. Anyone have a suggestion?

BigRigTom
08-11-2006, 04:14 AM
Follow up to original post.
I looked up the Academie of Billiards on the internet and here is some additional info for anyone interested it.
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A large part of the Académie de Billard’s charm is its unlikely location. Set amid the neon and bustle of Clichy, stepping into this snooker hall is like crossing into a late-nineteenth-century gentleman’s salon. Spread over two high-ceilinged rooms, it’s sumptuously spacious and kitted out with period features. By day, an enormous stained-glass ceiling bathes the tables in a lagoon of light, while at night, vintage lamps radiate a warm yellow glow. Staff in waistcoats and bow-ties dart elegantly between tables to deliver your drinks, but despite the grandeur, a relaxed atmosphere prevails. The crowd range from young Montmartre pool sharks to older regulars with their own mahogany lockers. There are plenty of options ,with full-size snooker and a good number of British and American pool tables, but the pièce de résistance has to be the five beautifully maintained French billiard tables – yes, they have no pockets, but that’s the real challenge. Waiting times are usually short and the prices are reasonable (though you’ll need photo ID). The Elbow Rooms will never seem the same again.
Académie de Billard, 84 rue de Clichy, 18th (00 33 1 48 78 32 85) Métro place de Clichy. Open 11am-6am. Price from €5-€11 per hour.

HarryDC
08-11-2006, 04:30 AM
Big

When I am in Paris I play at AKAdemy 20 rue Linois, Paris phone 01 45 79 67 23. Home room of Leatitia Dos Santos European 9-ball champion. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Link: AKAdemy (http://www.aka-billard.com/index.html)

HarryDC

trokinine
08-11-2006, 05:13 AM
Hi BigRigTom,

"Friendly" is not the best adjective for the hall you went to! I hate the neighborhood.

Personnaly I played at the pool HarryDC mentionned. It is the best place in Paris to play pool.

In August, they open the hall at 2:00 pm (and it closes at 2:00 am on week and 4:00 am on week-end).

I've been learning for only 10 months but I'd be more than glad to play with you! I can also introduce you to the real good players.

Send me a private message if you want to contact me.

Bye

ryushen21
08-11-2006, 08:05 AM
Those rates are murder!! 12 euro an hour?! that's like 15 and hour here in the states. That might be justified if it comes with some extraordinary service and free drinks.

bsmutz
08-11-2006, 10:48 AM
I read 5-11 euros/hour. Don't forget the "sumptuously spacious" atmosphere and the white gloved servers flitting to and fro betwixt the tables delivering drinks and food to the guests. That alone is worth 2 euros an hour! (Need a bikini clad white gloved server in my garage...)

Keith Talent
08-11-2006, 04:44 PM
Just missed you, Tom. Wish I'd logged in at Internet cafe and asked the same question before I left Monday. Never did pick up a stick in Paris, though I did goof around last week on one of those awful English 8 ball tables at a campground where we stayed in Sanary, down in the south.

Luck getting home ... tell yer spouse to go easy on the unguents! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

BigRigTom
08-11-2006, 05:29 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote trokinine:</font><hr> Hi BigRigTom,

"Friendly" is not the best adjective for the hall you went to! I hate the neighborhood.

Personnaly I played at the pool HarryDC mentionned. It is the best place in Paris to play pool.

In August, they open the hall at 2:00 pm (and it closes at 2:00 am on week and 4:00 am on week-end).

I've been learning for only 10 months but I'd be more than glad to play with you! I can also introduce you to the real good players.

Send me a private message if you want to contact me.

Bye <hr /></blockquote>

I did send you a private message so let me know if you don't get it....or if you have trouble communicating via privte msg just post something here again and I'll try again.

BigRigTom
08-11-2006, 05:31 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Keith Talent:</font><hr> Just missed you, Tom. Wish I'd logged in at Internet cafe and asked the same question before I left Monday. Never did pick up a stick in Paris, though I did goof around last week on one of those awful English 8 ball tables at a campground where we stayed in Sanary, down in the south.

Luck getting home ... tell yer spouse to go easy on the unguents! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

Too bad Keith,
Wouldn't that have been cool if we could have hooked up and played a few racks then gloat to everyone on here about it....he he. /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

BigRigTom
08-11-2006, 05:34 PM
Sounds like maybe Ms. Chen would be looking for a place to hide out....consider having her ware so white gloves and that little outfit someone posted in the other thread.
My wife would NEVER stand for that even in my garage though.

trokinine
08-12-2006, 01:50 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote ryushen21:</font><hr> Those rates are murder!! 12 euro an hour?! <hr /></blockquote>

This is the average rate in Paris. Of course you can get a licence and pay around 5 euros per hour.

That may be a reason why pool is not that popular here.

Keith Talent
08-12-2006, 09:12 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote BigRigTom:</font><hr> Too bad Keith,
Wouldn't that have been cool if we could have hooked up and played a few racks then gloat. <hr /></blockquote>

Definitely would have bragging rights if we could've played in a couple of those elegant pool parlors there. I actually could've done it, despite having 2 kids in tow, but was too fried from a week of camping in 95 degree heat to be thinkin' straight!

Snapshot9
08-12-2006, 11:07 AM
Seems to me, that the ole USA could teach Europe a little about Pool rooms.