Comfy black leather couches. A sleek bar stocked with top-shelf liquors. A labyrinth of pool tables and Ping-Pong courts. The Billiard Company is the den you always wished your grandparents had, unless your grandfather was James Bond, in which case his den was a little more intriguing. Guests enjoy table sports, bar food, and a casual yet swanky ambiance seven days a week until 4 a.m.
Tropical 128 is an escape from the dreary urban jungle to a vibrant, tropically themed nightclub. The festive and eye-grabbing neon lines, palm fronds, and skylights all make this the perfect place to reenergize after a long week. Tropical 128 boasts rows of pool tables and a tiki bar that’s stocked bursting with liquors known and obscure that enable them to put together some of the best drinks in town. The atmosphere at Tropical 128 is up-class without being imposing, just regular urbanites looking to improve their pool game over a couple of drinks and some friendly chatter. Visitors are encouraged to check out the exotic fish tank, which contains colorful tropical varieties from all over the globe.
It’s not easy opening a restaurant and lounge that stands out in NYC, but the Big Apple’s Slate manages to do just that. The interior design of this establishment is the perfect marriage of sleekness and functionality. With their large, comfortable sofas, squishy plush chairs, and spacious lounge area, everything about Slate encourages socialization. Slate also features a surreptitiously hidden VIP lounge and dining area called the Studio, which is soundproofed and completely detachable from the main lounge, perfect for some private, late-night revelry. There’s something for everyone at Slate, with ping pong and foosball tables in the basement and a dance floor upstairs.
Since 1991, countless 8-balls have sunk into the corner pockets of the 15-plus Brunswick Gold Crown III tables at Eastside Billiards & Bar. Amateurs and pool sharks alike line up shots during by-the-hour rounds, games in Eastside?s year-round coed league, or lessons geared toward all ages and skill levels. Other gamesmen and women can whack ping pong balls, test their aim at skeeball, or admire the alphabet?s most valuable letter during games of Golden Tee. Sports also unfold on Eastside?s seven big-screen TVs, which decorate a cocktail lounge where patrons can relax with a choice of 20 beers and more than a dozen specialty cocktails.
Open 24 hours a day, this 12th-floor Koreatown space known as Space Billiard Cafe hosts some fourteen classic and Korean-style (no pockets) pool tables, which start at $17 per hour depending on the number of players. Frills are few inside this party-vibe space, apart from the many flatscreen TVs on the walls and the attached bar area that serves a few American and Korean snacks, plus free hot tea to keep you awake and attentive around the clock. If your feet get tired, Space Billiards offers a pair of Crocs at each table to cushion the standing. Guests can also use them to climb up the fire escape, open to smokers, for a great view of the Empire State Building.
Craving finger food? Head to Amsterdam Billiards and Bar and chow down on classic pub fare. The menu at Amsterdam Billiards and Bar does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Round out your meal with a little tipple — Amsterdam Billiards and Bar has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more. Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
The restaurant can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table.
Amsterdam Billiards and Bar patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the E 11th St location.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Amsterdam Billiards and Bar.