No matter what part of the state you call home, there is bound to be a pool hall near you. If you’re looking for a fun atmosphere with affordable entertainment, a great place to meet friends, or a good-energy place for some drinks and relaxation, give the billiards bars a shot. For decades, pool halls have been a popular gathering place for more than just those who are good at shooting pool. They’re a great hang-out, even if you always knock in that eight ball. Many offer more than just your every-day pool table that you can find in your buddy’s basement; the sale of alcohol and other games generally go hand-in-hand with pool. For starters, check out these top picks for Connecticut pool halls.

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Blue Cube Billiards & Lounge
150 Boston Post Road
Orange, CT 06477
(203) 799-1100

Blue Cube Billiards and Lounge is consistently voted the best place to play pool in Connecticut. The lounge is unique in the sense that, unlike many grimy pool halls featured on TV shows or in movies, Blue Cube is an upscale billiards club. The higher-class feel brings a nice  and loyal crowd to this New Haven-area hall. The trendy bar features a modest menu of typical bar food, but the beer list contains a decent amount of imports and micro brews. With options to book a private room or throw a party, this place is great for non-pool players as well.

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

Located close to ESPN’s headquarters, it’s no surprise that Shooters is the home of ESPN’s Trickshot Magic World Record Holder, Sal “Cool Cat” Conti. If that trivia bit isn’t enough to get you to visit, how about the fact that Shooters offers lessons, leagues and even has a pro shop? The hall is large with many tables, so don’t fret about waiting for a game. If you get tired of shooting pool, there’s plenty of other games, including air hockey, foosball and pinball. Full bar beverage service and a new food menu are available to guests as well.

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Yale Billiards
950 Yale Ave.
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 294-9591

Featuring both a pool league as well as a darts league, Yale Billiards boasts plenty of happy regular customers who have been calling this pool hall home for years. It is clean and casual, with a plethora of tables to choose from. Players range in skill sets, so there is someone for everyone to match up against. If you need an incentive to go out, this hall offers drink specials every night of the week. College students are especially drawn on Wednesday nights, when students with IDs pay only $5 for the whole night of pool play.

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The Pool Factory
1131 Tolland Tpke
Manchester, CT 06042
(860) 643-6944

The budget-friendly price of just $5 per person for unlimited pool makes The Pool Factory impossible to pass up. If you’re okay with more of a dive-y atmosphere, you can take advantage of the cheap games and cheap drinks. With a tidy and well-maintained appearance, tables and sticks in good condition, occasional specials and friendly staff, how can you go wrong? There’s even a juke box so you can hear your favorite tunes.

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Pigs Eye Pub
356 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-4747

While Pigs Eye Pub isn’t exclusively known as a pool hall, it’s a great pick if you’re looking to play the game in the downtown area of Connecticut’s capital. With only three tables, you may have to wait a bit to play, but Pigs Eye will make it up to you with nightly drink specials–such as $1 Coors Light drafts on Thursdays–and a lively atmosphere. A popular college and post-college scene, Pigs Eye is packed nightly. Happy hour features free food, live music and drink specials. And since the pool tables here are more to add to the entertaining atmosphere, you can show off your skills to those who are just there for drinks and music. If the weather is nice, you can also enjoy the roof top patio.

Nicole DiCicco is multimedia specialist in Connecticut who enjoys dancing, movies and live music. She writes about all the nightlife Connecticut has to offer. Her work can be found at