Cuetopia Billiard Cafe offers a haven from 9-to-5 grinds and with frosty beers and friendly games of foosball, darts, and pool. Beef hot dogs and polish sausages steamed in beer and served on freshly made Roma Bakery rolls deliver a taste of Chicago as satellite sports packages stream on a big-screen TV. While guests enjoy more than 40 different brands of beer, the crack of professional-grade balls reverberates across the felt of 25 Brunswick tables.
At this all-ages venue, eight-balls sink into upwards of 165 pockets inside South First Billiards, which houses nearly 30 9-foot pool tables. But they only take up a fraction of South First's 14,000-square-feet: the rest plays host to ping-pong and beer-pong tables, as well as foosball and air hockey. Despite the potpourri of games, South First isn't just a gaming venue. Rotating pieces by local artists adorn the walls, while an eclectic lineup of musicians, from rockers to rappers, grace the stage on live music nights. South First's bartenders complement any activity—whether playing, looking, or listening—with 12 microbrews on tap, as well as fruity and chocolaty handcrafted cocktails.
Lee Simon spent his childhood hanging out in his father's pool hall. Not much has changed since then. Today he can be found at Buffalo Billiards, the Simon family's seventh pool hall. Located in a historic brick building from 1860, Buffalo Billiards is an homage to all things pool?a museum as much as it is a pool hall and pro shop. But first and foremost, it's a place to play?and that's not hard with pool tables, professional-sized shuffleboard, ping-pong, and pinball machines all vying for attention. Though dartboard line the walls, pool's the marquee sport, and players of all skill levels can be found racking, breaking, and hula-hooping with the triangular rack.
Simon's passion for antique tables is evident throughout, with restored and refurbished equipment on display as well as brand new, American-made tables and accessories for sale. Buffalo Billiards hosts leagues and tournaments as well as open play, and Simon offers myriad services such as pool table restoration and refurbishing. Players can also sharpen their skills with lessons from Billy "The Kid" Aguero, Buffalo Billiards' in-house instructor. Letting players extend their afternoons at the pool hall, Buffalo Billiards also features a bar with craft draft beers and hot food.
The fun literally doesn't stop at Stars Recreation Center. That's because the entertainment complex is open 24/7. Inside, guests will find an arcade, a laser tag arena, and a bowling center with 40 lanes, or one for every member of an orchestra. To keep energy levels up, the center also boasts two on-site restaurants, including City Sports Bar & Grill, which serves everything from breakfast to burgers to beers. And upstairs at The Corner Pocket, guests fill find even more to feed their competitive spirit including darts, shuffleboard, and eight tournament-style pool tables.