From friendly neighborhood pubs to competitive pool halls where players bring an intense edge to their game, Pittsburgh has plenty of options for pool players of all skill levels and ages to rack up a game of pool. Whether you’re looking to join a tournament or simply want to play a quick game of eight ball with friends, there’s no shortage of fun and entertainment at area pool tables. Many pool halls also host nightly food and drink specials in addition to free pool, making an evening of billiards a fantastic, budget-friendly option for date night or a night out with the guys. Grab your cue and get ready to sink some balls at these five pool halls considered the best in the city.
2050 California Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Krista’s Cantina, located in Pittsburgh’s Northside, has everything the casual pool player loves: a welcoming atmosphere, unbeatable drink specials and free pool on Tuesdays. Two pool tables provide plenty of friendly competition. The kitchen, which is open every night through midnight, serves up a variety of Krista’s signature munchies, sandwiches and burgers. Come shoot some pool Monday through Thursday when Krista’s famous wings are just 35-cents each from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Breaker’s Billiards and Lounge
1413 Potomac Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Die-hard pool players will agree that Breaker’s Billiards and Lounge in Dormont is one of the best pool halls for tournaments. Whether you prefer bank pool or a game of nine-ball, rack ‘em up on one of Breaker’s 15 Diamond and Gold Crown tables, perfect for tournaments. But don’t worry; with a variety of specials, including ladies night every Tuesday and Thursday featuring half-priced pool and half-price pool for seniors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, Breaker’s has something for pool players of all ages and skill levels.
Mulligan’s Sports Bar and Grill
1013 Lebanon Road
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Mulligan’s Sports Bar and Grill is more than just your average sports bar. It’s a haven for mouthwatering eats, unbelievable drink specials and fast-moving pool games. With free pool all day every Monday, Mulligan’s is your go-to if you’re looking for an informal, relaxed game of pool and less of the typical bar atmosphere. Daily specials include $1 drinks during happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and $2 Natty Lights.
The Hop House
2749 Noblestown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
If you’re not deterred by cigarette smoke, then check out The Hop House in Green Tree. This smoker-friendly bar is a favorite of local billiards players, and is known as much for its pool specials as its mouthwatering food. Be sure to try the buffalo chicken wing pizza or gourmet macaroni and cheese. The Hop House has free pool each Monday and Wednesday as well as excellent daily specials. Come shoot some pool and enjoy Monday’s $2 Miller Lites or Wednesday’s $5.50 sampler rack special.
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1314 Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Dee’s Café is the quintessential dive bar, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re looking for a night of shooting both pool and shots. Four tournament Brunswick Gold Crown III pool tables draw some of the city’s most eclectic characters, from hipsters to bikers, who play with an intense competitive edge. Drink specials are some of the cheapest in South Side at $1.75, and there’s plenty of typical diner food, including monster-sized cheeseburgers and extra crispy deep fried chicken sandwiches. Dee’s Café’s upstairs lounge is open Thursday to Sunday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.