As host to league battles between both the American Poolplayers Association (APA) and the North American Poolshooters Association (NAPA), Ivory Billiards Lounge takes its playing conditions very seriously, and has since 1945. Professional standard Simonis cloth covers keep balls rolling to their intended trajectory, and meticulous leveling ensures fair gameplay. Casual players learning the ropes or a reincarnated Minnesota Fats can rack 'em up on their expansive selection of pool pulpits, including 10 7-foot tables, nine 9-footers, and a rare 5'x10' table that was smuggled down a beanstalk. Gambling fans can get their kicks on Keno and Mass Lottery games, while of-age adults savor more than 30 flavors of vodka and a quintet of draft beers. Ivory Billiards Lounge is open seven days a week, and keeps night owls entertained until 2 a.m. every evening.
Since taking its current name in 1975, Bayberry Bowling Center has blossomed from a 16-lane candlepin bowling alley to a modern entertainment center. Today, automatic scoring tracks every strike as video cameras record each frame, allowing bowlers to review their technique and rank their post-throw victory dances. Guests itching to improve their game can work with the alley's certified instructor, and those itching to improve their glass-handling skills can choose from 25 varieties of beer and wine as they watch the latest game on two 12-foot televisions. Competition continues in the billiards room, where players sink eight balls on two 8-foot and six 9-foot tables, and in the arcade, where visitors vie for tickets and prizes on a constantly updated array of video games. Bayberry Bowling Center stays open until 11 p.m. seven days a week.
Fast Eddie’s Billiards Cafe takes playing pool and drinking beer to the next level. Sure, the standard domestics are available, but besides the expected lagers and neon signs, Fast Eddie’s boasts an impressive menu of craft brews. More than 50 choices include Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Allagash White, and Smuttynose Robust porter. Imported beer, wine, and premium liquor are also available to add entertainment to billiards tournaments.
Music courses throughout the alley as visitors sate competitive appetites with multiple bowling lanes, an 18-hole mini golf course, six pool tables, and a variety of arcade games. Bowlers first snuggle their feet into pairs of rented bowling shoes before unleashing themselves on the lanes, punishing pins with each stroke frame by frame. Bogey's automatic scoring machines make keeping tally easy so players aren't forced to scrawl numbers on the back of receipts or birth certificates. During cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights after 6 p.m., black lights douse the alley in florescent color and disco balls sparkle and spin. Bogey's mini golf course awaits diminutive domination, taking putters past well-manicured greenery, winding brick paths, and loitering lawnmowers. Although not included with today's deal, guests can refuel at the bar with a beer or glass of wine or celebrate a victorious match with ice cream from the snack bar.
The digital chorus of more than 40 arcade games soars above the rhythmic click of caroming billiard balls on Jillian's of Worcester's emerald expanses of felt. Good-natured competition finds an outlet at air-hockey tables, and a plethora of racing games let friends match wits or join forces against their true enemy: traffic cones. Versions of Deal Or No Deal and Wheel of Fortune and a selection of brand-new high-definition games glow festively near 24 Brunswick billiards tables. Private parties migrate to a lounge, where projection screens and high-definition televisions broadcast sporting events or news. Guests twirl or covertly stomp bubble wrap on the dance floor to the thumping rhythms of live music or follow noses to an array of appetizers, pizzas, paninis, and dinner entrees dispensed from the full-service kitchen.
On Cue endorses merrymaking by entertaining visitors with pub-style grub, drinks, and games. Guests can claim one of the 15 pool tables for an exciting hour of scoring pocket points ($10–$14/hour for two, $3 fee for additional players), then explore the four dartboard areas, where players fling pointy things for free. While taking a breather from billiards, pool-hall denizens quench their thirst with libations at the full bar. Hungry customers can dunk jalapeño poppers ($6), buffalo wings ($6), and buffalo shrimp ($7) in a choice of blue cheese, ranch, barbecue, or honey-mustard dipping sauce, and those concerned about the big game can turn to On Cue's big-screen TV, which proudly displays sports.