The clacking of pool balls is the nightly soundtrack at Gate City Billiards Club. Public and private rooms feature 11 Brunswick Gold Crown tables and 3 Diamond tables, which allow for open-play and league games?as well as lessons helmed by experienced instructors. Though pool is the main attraction, the space also welcomes casual play with a ping pong table, dart boards, and foosball tables, and camaraderie around live sports shown on eight flat-screen TVs. An on-site bar serves more than 50 beers and spirits.
Flickering neon lights illuminate the faces of pool players at Fat Cats Billiards, their brows furrowed in concentration as they hunch over the deep-green tables. Others engage in lively games of darts and pause now and then to cheer for a particularly good shot or steal a glance at the game playing on one of the 15 flat-screen televisions. After games, friends gather at the bar for frosty beers, plump chicken wings, and juicy Angus-beef burgers to swap tips on making bank shots or harpooning any sharks that somehow swam into the billiards hall.
At All Stars Bar & Grill, entertainment is served alongside chicken wings tossed with spicy sauces, bacon-wrapped hot dogs topped with avocado, and glasses of beer and mixed drinks. Patrons play games of Madden on Playstation 3s during Madden Monday Madness tournaments, play pool, or flock to the stage to listen to live bands or sing karaoke.
The future is now at Paradise Lanes & Family Entertainment. On Friday and Saturday nights for Cosmic Bowling, the lanes light up like an airline runway as disco lights traverse the room, painting everything in primary colors. Even in the light of day, bowlers take advantage of state-of-the-art scoring systems at each of the 32 glossy lanes. Little bowlers don't have to bring along their robot arms to send their balls down the lane either; here, they have bowling balls lightweight enough for them to roll and bumpers available on many lanes. Post-bowling, players retire for a tropical drink at the tiki bar or claim a table in the 11th Frame Diner for a burger, BLT, or some fried pickles.
Cuisine Type: Traditional Italian/American Food.
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Sandwiches, Wraps & Pizza
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: No
Outdoor Seating: No
For 23 years, the manager of Break Time Billiards & Sports Bar has been surrounded by the murmurs of friendly chatter and clacking of pool balls that define a billiard room. But unlike the style of a traditional billiard room, his serves hearty Italian-American fare from local landmark Carmine's Restaurant for groups to enjoy while they play. It would seem there are surprises around every corner, because far from simply providing billiards, the fully equipped, smoke-free establishment also boasts dart lanes, electronic games, and a constant stream of sports broadcast on the myriad big-screen televisions.
For all its extras, however, Break Time Billiards & Sports Bar still has the feeling of a classic, upscale billiard room. Designed by avid players and sports enthusiasts, the layout leaves plenty of room between its Diamond professional tables to prevent annoying collisions.