Since 1995, pool sharks have been sinking balls into the corner pocket at Trick Shots. At each of its three locations, groups gather around tables to engage in friendly competition and observe all seven of Newton's laws of motion. As they play, customers nosh on selections from a menu of large fresh deli sandwiches and snacks, such as beer-battered onion rings and chicken wings, while a full bar offers cocktails, soft drinks, and draft beers nearby.
With chef Michael Geary of the 2009 Pennsylvania Iron Chef Championship team in the kitchen, the Sam Adams Brew Pub serves an elegantly simple menu of grilled American fare palatably paired with at least four Sam Adams brews always on tap. With the pub’s softly lit atmosphere, diners can watch the big game while stimulating cuisine receptacles with a delicious dish of grilled quesadilla ($7.50) and a fruity pinot grigio ($5.75). The 8-ounce barbecue-sauce-slathered, broiled Samuel burger ($9) satiates cantankerous tummies while the pub’s onion-topped cheese steak ($8.50) quells persistent hungry. To drink, barley buffs can guzzle the Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat or the robust Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Spend the evening playing the free pool, darts, and shuffleboards, or stop by on a Thursday for Guest Bartender Night, when a local celebrity, dignitary, or former king of Estonia will be serving brews for a charity of his or her choice.
Backstage Billiards I-Drive's name certainly doesn’t bury the lede––beginners and pool sharks alike can rack up games on any of the bar's 24 Brunswick tables. At the same time, it doesn't encompass the myriad billiards alternative patrons can enjoy, from hitting bullseyes on seven electronic dartboards to sinking holes-in-one during rounds of Golden Tee or cornhole. For those who prefer spectating, 20 plasma-screen televisions stay tuned to the day's biggest games and most heartwarming huddles. Amid all this sports–centric revelry, bartenders serve beverages in ice-cold mugs as well as mixed drinks from behind a 55-foot, full-liquor bar every night until 2 a.m.
There's no sound quite like the crack of a bowling ball finding its target. It's a sound that triggers memories of childhood, and it's one that you'll hear probably a hundred times during a game at Ormond Lanes Bowling. The alley's 40 lanes give players plenty of room to plot out spares and strikes, while the Sandbagger Café serves all the wraps and salads needed to refuel after a game. If you have kids in tow, make sure to stop by the game room for a few rounds of air hockey. There's also a game room exclusively for adults, the Kingpin Lounge, where you can play pool, shoot darts, or file your taxes.
Disenchanted with the stigmatization of pool halls as dark, grimy places, lifelong billiards enthusiast Faheem Zia decided to give the game he loved room to thrive in a well-lit and smoke-free joint with an art-deco aesthetic. Gleaming cues dip back and glide smoothly between fingers tented against the main hall's 13 pool tables, which include Diamond Pro-Am units topped in cerulean felt and 9-foot Brunswick Gold Crown IV tables. A heated Søren Søgaard model without pockets serves as a venue for less-common billiards variants and lacks the traditional spots to hide an extra pair of aces.
Each table makes an appearance on the professional circuit monthly, when one of three rotating professional leagues visits and fills the room with an orchestra of cracking Super Aramith balls. During matches, café-style tables surrounded by high-top chairs and stools fill with a range of upscale pub fare such as wings dry-fried in ovens. A jukebox crouches in one corner, spilling forth a varied soundtrack on waves of neon light, and a panoply of touch-screen games and two dartboards let patrons compete while avoiding green felt after a teary falling-out with Kermit.