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12 D.C. Bars With Pool Tables

Play pool at these local sports bars and dives

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CarPool returned to Arlington last year after a four-year hiatus.
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Pool is a classic bar pastime — and the opposite of trendy indoor mini golf courses and modern arcades. The old-school game has lots appeal. For one, it’s easy for beginners to learn and provides plenty of challenge for experienced players. And taking turns between shots leaves ample downtime to sip on a cold beer or dig into some bar snacks.

D.C.’s best pool bars range from neighborhood dives to nightlife mainstays. Some, like Cleveland Park’s Atomic Billiards, are (literally) underground. Others, like Players Club and Carpool, offer tables alongside a variety of other gaming options, like pinball and darts.

The following are some of the area’s go-to bars to strike up a game of pool, and where both regulars and newcomers come to test their ball-striking skills.

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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There are a few pool tables available in the Brewer’s Lounge, which overlooks the main dining room of this spacious sports bar and brewpub. Summer seasonal drinks include a blood orange seltzer and “Lumpy Dog,” a crisp, Kolsch-style lager.

Toro Bar

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Beers starting at $3 and affordable cocktails (including a hibiscus margarita) are reason enough to settle in at this upper 14th Street NW bar. The narrow but welcoming space is outfitted with a few pool tables and TVs.

Atomic Billiards

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This underground dive is a longtime anchor of the Cleveland Park strip. The pool tables are well-spaced with prices based on the number of players and day of the week. An annual membership program allows for free play daily before 7 p.m. and bar tab discounts.

Pool hall Atomic Billiards is one of a handful of D.C. bars that serves Mt. Pleasant Whiskey.
Atomic Billiards

The Thirsty Crow

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Don’t stress if there’s a wait for one of the pool tables at this Columbia Heights sports bar. The kitchen’s tasty Malaysian menu and the bar’s creative cocktails are more than worth a visit. Head upstairs to sister restaurant Makan before or after for a full-on dinner.

Bright blue pool tables line the back of Thirsty Crow.
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Bedrock Billiards

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Bedrock Billiards has become an Adams Morgan institution since it opened in 1992. Though the low-lit basement pool hall may lack some luster, the reasonably priced pool table rates and basic bar drinks keep customers coming back.

Death Punch

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Longtime Washingtonians will know chef Darren Norris from his work at Kushi, the trailblazing Japanese izakaya that closed in 2014. At Death Punch he’s created a snug cocktail bar and lounge complete with a pool table and a weekly 32-player tournament on Wednesdays and Thursdays (DM the bar to register). Norris also has a stake in Black Whiskey, another prime pool perch on 14th Street NW.

Breadsoda Bar, Deli & Billiards

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Breadsoda is a Glover Park favorite, known for serving deli-inspired sandwiches alongside a solid craft beer list. Its pool tables have a decent amount of elbow room, with lots of seating and railings around for larger groups to gather.

Players Club

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The throwback ‘70s vibe of this Logan Circle arcade bar make it a crazy popular spot on weekends. The good news is that there are multiple pool tables to choose from, along with many other entertainment options to suit everything from a date night to an after-work outing.

The Hilton brothers’ Players Club has rows of pool tables available for play.
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Rocket Bar

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This Chinatown dive bar feels like old school D.C., featuring $4 happy hour rail drinks and cheap beer no matter the hour. It’s a good bet for a casual pool session, especially before or after Capital One Arena events.

Continental Pool Lounge

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Across the Potomac, Continental offers regular pool leagues with both eight-ball and nine-ball games. Table rates are half-priced before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A back area at Continental sports a tiki vibe.
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This wood-accented Capitol Hill tavern has a pool table and bar upstairs, ideal for a relaxed game or two over a pint. It’s also available to book for private gatherings.

CarPool

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As the name suggests, four pool tables are among the games available at this auto-themed sports bar in Ballston. There are also dozens of beers on tap with a focus on local picks and a sizable menu of bar appetizers and entrees. After a 20-year Arlington run, then four years in Fair Lakes, CarPool returned to a new Arlington space last year.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

There are a few pool tables available in the Brewer’s Lounge, which overlooks the main dining room of this spacious sports bar and brewpub. Summer seasonal drinks include a blood orange seltzer and “Lumpy Dog,” a crisp, Kolsch-style lager.

Toro Bar

Beers starting at $3 and affordable cocktails (including a hibiscus margarita) are reason enough to settle in at this upper 14th Street NW bar. The narrow but welcoming space is outfitted with a few pool tables and TVs.

Atomic Billiards

Pool hall Atomic Billiards is one of a handful of D.C. bars that serves Mt. Pleasant Whiskey.
Atomic Billiards

This underground dive is a longtime anchor of the Cleveland Park strip. The pool tables are well-spaced with prices based on the number of players and day of the week. An annual membership program allows for free play daily before 7 p.m. and bar tab discounts.

Pool hall Atomic Billiards is one of a handful of D.C. bars that serves Mt. Pleasant Whiskey.
Atomic Billiards

The Thirsty Crow

Bright blue pool tables line the back of Thirsty Crow.
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Don’t stress if there’s a wait for one of the pool tables at this Columbia Heights sports bar. The kitchen’s tasty Malaysian menu and the bar’s creative cocktails are more than worth a visit. Head upstairs to sister restaurant Makan before or after for a full-on dinner.

Bright blue pool tables line the back of Thirsty Crow.
Thirsty Crow/Facebook

Bedrock Billiards

Bedrock Billiards has become an Adams Morgan institution since it opened in 1992. Though the low-lit basement pool hall may lack some luster, the reasonably priced pool table rates and basic bar drinks keep customers coming back.

Death Punch

Longtime Washingtonians will know chef Darren Norris from his work at Kushi, the trailblazing Japanese izakaya that closed in 2014. At Death Punch he’s created a snug cocktail bar and lounge complete with a pool table and a weekly 32-player tournament on Wednesdays and Thursdays (DM the bar to register). Norris also has a stake in Black Whiskey, another prime pool perch on 14th Street NW.

Breadsoda Bar, Deli & Billiards

Breadsoda is a Glover Park favorite, known for serving deli-inspired sandwiches alongside a solid craft beer list. Its pool tables have a decent amount of elbow room, with lots of seating and railings around for larger groups to gather.

Players Club

The Hilton brothers’ Players Club has rows of pool tables available for play.
Players Club

The throwback ‘70s vibe of this Logan Circle arcade bar make it a crazy popular spot on weekends. The good news is that there are multiple pool tables to choose from, along with many other entertainment options to suit everything from a date night to an after-work outing.

The Hilton brothers’ Players Club has rows of pool tables available for play.
Players Club

Rocket Bar

This Chinatown dive bar feels like old school D.C., featuring $4 happy hour rail drinks and cheap beer no matter the hour. It’s a good bet for a casual pool session, especially before or after Capital One Arena events.

Continental Pool Lounge

A back area at Continental sports a tiki vibe.
Continental/Facebook

Across the Potomac, Continental offers regular pool leagues with both eight-ball and nine-ball games. Table rates are half-priced before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A back area at Continental sports a tiki vibe.
Continental/Facebook

Lola's

This wood-accented Capitol Hill tavern has a pool table and bar upstairs, ideal for a relaxed game or two over a pint. It’s also available to book for private gatherings.

CarPool

As the name suggests, four pool tables are among the games available at this auto-themed sports bar in Ballston. There are also dozens of beers on tap with a focus on local picks and a sizable menu of bar appetizers and entrees. After a 20-year Arlington run, then four years in Fair Lakes, CarPool returned to a new Arlington space last year.

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