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November 2, 2007

Pool halls in the 'burbs?

Got an e-mail from MS reader Phil this morning:

I just saw your top 5 list of places to shoot pool.  What places could your recommend which are in Baltimore County or Howard County? 

I live in Howard, so the ones there or on the west side of Baltimore County would hold the most interest for me.

Problem is, I don't get out to the counties much.

So while I've heard of All Star Billiards in Frederick (pictured), I haven't been there and can't recommend it.

You guys have any suggestions for Phil?

(Colby Ware/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:30 PM | | Comments (9)


Nottingham's in Columbia has very nice tables and atmosphere.

i think dave and busters has a lot of tables over in arundel mills...

Goldens Sports Bar

It's not in Western Baltimore County, but the Rec Room in Towson has nice tables that are well-maintained, solid food offerings, and a great atmosphere (there's a full-on bar attached to the pool hall). Plenty of people and a young crowd.

Bar, on Lancaster Street in Fells Point, has one great, moldy water-stained table at the back. The beer (bottled) is cheap, though it's not the sort of place I'd inquire about their wine list...

I forget the name of it, but the bar in the Lotte Plaza "Golden Triangle" shopping center has several pool tables, and is a nice place to see a band as well.

Since when is BAR in the 'burbs?

I was thinking about putting D&B on the list, but unless you reserve a table years in advance, you're going to wait for hours. That's my only problem with it.


I know it's not in the 'burbs (apologies), but it's my favorite table in town, and since you had (admirably) written about BAR some time back, I figured it would bear mentioning.




True, BAR is the lowest of the low-key hangouts.

It was full Halloween night, though.

I was surprised. I went there to dodge the madness, but BAR was crammed too.

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