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November 2, 2007

Fab Five Friday

As promised, here are my top five spots for shooting pool.

Feel free to offer some of your own favorite pool joints. 

This photo is from Dave & Buster's in Hanover.

1. Bedrock Billiards, 401 W. Baltimore St.

The big space upstairs can feel empty, but the service is snappy and the draft list long.  

2. Sports 2000, 2401 North Point Blvd., Dundalk

This place has something like three dozen pool tables. It's a go-to for billiard's lovers. 

3. Fletchers Bar, 701 S. Bond St.

Pool is only 50 cents at Fletchers. And if you want, you can stroll upstairs and see a rock band. It's always nice to have that option.

4. Edgar's Billiards Club, 1 E. Pratt St.

Edgar's has 16 tables, but it's in the Inner Harbor, which means you might have to put up with some obnoxious tourists. 

5. McCracken's on Key, 1400 Key Highway

Free pool. All the time. 

(Doug Kapustin/Sun Photographer)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:21 AM | | Comments (1)


I'll caveat this statement by saying I've only been to Sports 2000 for APA playoff matches, which may pack the house with a particular demographic (hardcore pool players) that doesn't reflect the usual clientele, but it's worth noting that Sports 2000 may have a billion pool tables, but is also has about a billion percent secondhand smoke concentration. If you don't smoke, you literally should not set foot in this place. An hour of pool is the equivalent of smoking two packs of Lucky Strikes, and you'll have to air all your clothes out for a week. Nice tables though.

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