From one table hangouts at popular bars to larger pool-centric venues, here are some of the better known places in Toronto to rack them up.
Rivoli | 334 Queen Street West
The upstairs level of this popular Queen West establishment has 11 vintage tables including a Brunswick Aviator. Rated by NOW readers in 2013 as the city’s best pool hall, Rivoli has very affordable rates with $6 during the day or an hour free with a purchase. Starting at 6 p.m. until closing the price is $10 an hour.
VIP Lounge and Billiards Club | 385 Yonge Street
Proclaiming itself to be the highest level of billiards entertainment in Ontario, VIP has three snooker tables to go with its impressive 19 Black Crown pool tables. Playing will set you back a reasonable $8 per hour from 11am – 5pm, with closing time at 2 am.
Annex Billiards Club | 507 Bloor Street West
It has no official website but reviews of the ABC have been extremely positive. Both the pool tables and the snooker tables are in fine condition. If there’s one unique aspect ABC has, it might be the ratio of snooker tables (10) to billboards tables (8), definitely out side the norm of most pool halls.
Horseshoe Tavern | 370 Queen West
The iconic bar has one pool table in the front room on the left. It’s often in use and a great spot to waste time between bands provided you can access the table. In 2012 longtime bartender Teddy Fury told BlogTO he saw a couple having sex one night on the pool table. But it’s usually used for pool!
Chalkers Pub | 247 Marlee Avenue
This grand billiard room was enhanced in 2015. Make sure you go hungry – Monday to Friday pool is half price until 6pm if you order food. Closing time on the weekends is 2am.
Shoxs Billiard Lounge | 2827 Dundas Street West
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Shoxs boasts six pool tables and a VIP Billiard Room.
Pegasus Bar | 489 Church Street
Pegasus Bar has four pool tables in the heart of the Church Street village. It’s also home to the VPL (Village Pool League), a non-profit 8-ball league that plays Monday evenings and features teams consisting of different pubs and bars in the vicinity. Wednesdays are half price to play while closing time remains the same throughout the week at 2 am.
(Main photo by Kat via Flickr)