When looking for the best bars in town, consider those with entertainment. Billiards is a popular form of entertainment sought out by party goers looking to keep busy while out at the bars and challenge friends for a victory. Connecticut is home to multiple bars that feature billiards and pool tables. These bars stand out among the rest as they attract locals and visitors willing to travel in order to play pool.

Shooters Billiards & Arcade
50 Spring St.
Southington, CT 06489
(860) 621-2073

Shooters Billiards & Arcade is famed for being home to the ESPN Trickshot Magic world record holder Sal “Cool Cat” Conti. Shooters features 20 Brunswick Crown III pool tables, allowing space for all of your friends and leagues. It hosts eight- and nine-ball cash leagues on Mondays and Thursdays. Take advantage of its daily special of $10 open play per player from open until 6 p.m. Private lessons are available if you are looking to improve your skill. Don’t expect to get bored, as there are 50-cent arcade games and darts in addition to the billiards. Shooters has a full bar and menu on site.

Horseshoe Cafe
355 Pequot Ave.
Southport, CT 06890
(203) 258-2249

If you are looking to catch up with friends and enjoy a casual atmosphere, Horseshoe Restaurant is a top choice in Fairfield County. More like a tavern or dive bar, Horseshoe Restaurant serves food and drink, and features pool tables for entertainment. The bar is open until 1 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Additional features that attract the crowds are karaoke, open mic night and a jukebox.

Chicago Sam’s Sports Bar & Grill
51-14 Shunpike Road
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 635-1860

Formally known as Rookies, Chicago Sam’s Sports Bar & Grill continues the same traditions with live music, billiards and endless TVs. Sports lovers are attracted to the low-key atmosphere at this bar, catching their favorite sports teams and playing pool on one of the pool tables. Chicago Sam’s also features dart boards, arcade games and a full bar. It is the perfect location to play billiards and enjoy your favorite adult beverage.

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Cue & Brew
131 Commercial Parkway
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 483-1388

Cue & Brew is a local favorite for billiard fans. It is stocked with 19 pool tables, 10 dart boards and an outdoor patio. Drink specials are featured each night of the week. Thursday nights are ladies night, where women play pool for free. Visitors will enjoy playing pool while cheering for their team on the 16 large flat-screen televisions.

The Sports Bar
157 Boston Post Road
North Windham, CT 06256
(860) 423-6789

The Sports Bar is highly attractive to college kids and party goers, as it is conveniently located near the campuses of University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University. The bar consists of a large space with four pool tables and dart boards. Large-screen TVs decorate the walls, making it the perfect place to socialize while cheering on your team. Your favorite drinks and food are on the menu, serving 50-cent wings on Mondays. Entertainment includes live music or a DJ as well as Wednesday night trivia.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.