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06-21-2007, 08:49 PM
I will be visiting DC in July. Can anyone point out 1 or 2 pool halls to visit? Not so much interested in action as I am shooting a game or two on a decent table. Thanks for any help you can give me.

06-21-2007, 09:41 PM
I believe there's a "Buffalo Billiards" in D.C. It's a pool hall/lounge/restaurant chain (there are three of them I think in total). I've been to the one in Philly a couple of times and have had a good time.

06-22-2007, 09:21 PM
Hello poolhead I hope you enjoy your visit to the DC area in July- there's a number of nice pool rooms in the suburbs of the city in northern Virginia especially, Fast Eddie's in Springfield, Fairfax, and Centerville are all pretty nice. And you stand a fair chance of getting to watch some pretty good players too. The younger crowd seems to be attracted to the hard times, billiard parlors.
As far as DC itself is concerned the previous poster who mentioned Buffalo billiards is right on target. There's a lot of pool rooms in the DC area - in Springfield alone, There's at least five pool rooms within 2 miles of each other. 10 tables minimum, they each attract decidedly different players. If you will respond to this post. I'd be happy to try pointing in a direction that would most likely be what you're looking for. I hope you enjoy your visit to the DC area and get a chance to bust a few racks.
Tip man

06-23-2007, 07:40 AM
Atomic Billiards
3427 Connecticut Ave NW
(202) 363-7665
"Amazing lounge lizard atmosphere.. great jukebox and great bartenders. The entire place has an "oh-so-70's" decor. Atomic also specializes in all types of funky board games. You can get back to your youth with Connect Four or just chill over a beer."
Bedrock Billiards
1841 Columbia Rd NW
(202) 667-7665
"Has the best tables -- 4 9-footers and 2 8-footers -- in DC . Several serious players, all friendly and always looking for a challenge. Also has darts, old board games and a progressive decor (with sofas for seats). Serves top shelf liquor and beer.
Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
(202) 331-7665
"Best cared-for tables in DC and lots of them. Funky "Western" decor."
Georgetown Billiards
3251 Prospect St NW
(202) 965-7665
"Nice upscale room."
Rick's Billiards
624 T St NW
(202) 483-4050
"User friendly, appeals to both men and women. You get the attention required to enjoy your game."

Most of the pool rooms in D.C. are more like gathering places to drink and sports bars. There are no old-timey billiard parlors that I know of.

The other poster is right in that the pool rooms in the suburbs offer a little bit more as far as true pool culture. There are weekly $20 and $25 entry fee-type 9-ball tournaments from Monday through Thursday at various suburban locations.

Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
Bill and Billie's Cuesport
1244 Ritchie Highway
Arnold, MD 21012
Phone: (410) 544-8185
$20 entry fee, race to 7, double-elimination format
$100 added for 16-plus players

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
Side Pockets
904 Upper Fairlawn Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707
Phone: (301) 604-1300
$25 entry fee, race to 7, single-elimination format
Big Rack

$3 goes to the house for green fees

Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.
Orange Ball Billiards and Cafe
430 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 309-6440
$25 entry fee, race to 7, single-elimination format

$3 green fees under 16 players; over 16 players, no green fees and all monies go in the purse.
If you get knocked out, a player is eligible for the mini tournament held simultaneously, the winner of which receives FREE entry for the next week

Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.
Fast Break Cafe
46970 Community Plaza #2
Sterling, VA 20164
Phone: (703) 444-2551
$25 entry fee, race to 5 and race to 3, double-elimination format

$100 added every week, no matter how many players show up.
Big Rack every week, two names are randomly picked to take a shot at it. Big Rack shot on double-shimmed 9-footer with building pot.

Sundays at 1:00 p.m.
Top Hat Cue Club
8809 Satyr Hill Road
Baltimore, MD
Phone: (410) 665-1906
$25 entry fee, race to 7
$100 added for 16-plus players

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RailbirdJAM, Lifetime Native Washingtonian

06-23-2007, 08:38 PM
Thanks to all who responded. I'm looking forward to playing a few racks in DC, and with your help that's now possible. Thanks again for taking the time to respond.