E-Spot combines the best parts of a pool hall and arcade to keep visitors entertained well into the night. On one side of the 18,000-square-foot, warehouse-like facility, billiards players drill shots on 26 mahogany tables?17 of which are for pool, 9 of which are for snooker, and none of which are for puppet repairs. Not far away, competitors trade cues for keyboards in a massive Internet-gaming area. There, 52 computers?each outfitted with subwoofer speakers?and high-speed Internet allow for hours-long marathons spent playing popular titles. Friends can also face off in E-Spot's arcade and mah-jong rooms, and the caf? fuels gameplay with snacks and caffeine-loaded drinks.
Numbered balls ricochet across the green-felted pool tables at Olympic Billiards during regular open-play sessions and tournaments, their clacks creating a subtle rhythmic soundtrack. When not aiming pool cues or hiring a sheepdog to corral every ball except the eight ball, patrons can test their accuracy at dartboards and their timing at air-hockey tables. While playing, they sip on cocktails such as the incredible hulk, surfer on acid, or oatmeal cookie shot, or choose from 12 domestic, imported, and craft beers on tap. On the food menu, traditional pub bites mingle with Asian dishes such as gyoza, egg rolls, and spicy ramyun noodles.
Like the colourful fan of its namesake's tail feathers, diamonds and triangles of billiard balls nestle into racks on Peacock Billiards' tables. A grid of 30 tables in an array of sizes and colours populates the room, surrounded by cushy leather couches and bright murals. Beneath the clatter of sunken shots can be heard the rhythmic tap of table-tennis matches and the furious spinning of foosball handles. The James Joyce Bistro resides in the corner, where patrons sitting in circular booths enjoy drinks and nachos served in cored-out copies of Dubliners.