The classic game of billiards originally started as a sophisticated lawn game played among nobles some time in the 15th century and has since moved indoors atop a green-lined table simulating grass. The term billiards is actually an umbrella term that houses three common cue sports, the most popular of which is pool. It’s an easy game almost anyone could pick up on and still have fun playing regardless of skill level. Over the years, it has become a popular game found at places that serve beer. For the best bars with billiards in Los Angeles, check out of these places.
Mr. Lucky’s Billiards
21020 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503
Mr. Lucky’s is the first place that comes to mind when South Bay locals want to shoot pool. This neighborhood billiard serves up 30 beers on tap all day long and even hosts weekly tournaments for avid pool players. If work is getting the best of you, Mr. Lucky’s even offers a handful of appetizers to hold you over for lunch. It’s a very laid-back place to take a break from life while getting lost in a game of pool.
Q’s Billiard Club
11835 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Q’s Billiard Club made the LA Hot List as the third best pool hall in Los Angeles for 2013. It’s a pretty mellow place to shoot pool, and the drinks are pretty cheap during happy hour. The wings at Q’s are said to be pretty good as well. The billiards are reasonably priced at $12 to $14 an hour, but are actually free before 7 p.m. and all day on Sundays.
Pockets Sports Bar
516 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Pockets Sports Bar has long been a popular hangout for pool lovers and sports fanatics alike since the late 60s. This 10,000-square-foot sports bar houses more than 50 screens of televised sports and as many as 20 pool tables. There’s also air hockey, darts, ping pong and other games to keep anyone thoroughly entertained. Pockets is definitely among the best places in South Bay for shooting pool if you love watching sports.
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1220 Hermosa Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Located just off the Hermosa Beach Pier, Game Changers is a local dive bar with a handful of pool tables and a pretty good selection of beer and liquor. Reserving a table can be tough, especially on the weekends, but at least the pool tables are really nice. It’s a great place to start the evening and rendezvous with friends before a night out at the pier. Arrive before the crowd for guaranteed pool time.
Vermont Karaoke & Billiards
191 S. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Located in Koreatown is a unique pool hall that doubles up as a karaoke hot spot. It’s not nearly as mellow of an atmosphere as some of the above-mentioned billiards, but it still makes the list as one of the best bars for billiards in Los Angeles. The tables may a bit run down, but that’s part of what makes it so divey. Frequent visitors of this billiard rave about the soju served here.
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