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.
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.
Ranked No. 2 in Billiards Digest's 2010 Best New Room hierarchy, Society Billiards + Bar combines 19 top-grade pool tables with a bar full of favorite tonics. Overhead lights serenely illumine custom-made Diamond tables and their players, capturing the ambiance of a classic pool hall while filtering out the blinding smoke and oldfangled harpsichord music. Dueling duos get two hours to flatten the felt with rousing games of 8-ball, 9-ball, and 18-ball pickup while toasting to improbable shots with a quenching quartet of beers from taps dispensing favorites such as Blue Moon, Stella Artois, and Brooklyn Lager. Society Billiards + Bar remains open until 3 a.m. Sundays–Thursdays and 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, facilitating late-night sipping and cue fencing.