Most pool halls evoke the smoky, timeworn atmosphere of a friend’s basement. The Big Kahuna decided to go a more upscale route. Stylish sofas flank a stone fireplace, wrought-iron lamps cast a warm glow over every table, and 11 big-screen TVs broadcast seasonal sporting events from spacious ochre walls. Alongside the hall’s billiards and ping-pong tables, a granite and brick bar furnishes icy sips of Budweiser, Corona, and other domestic brews to the pulsing soundtrack of ceramic orbs exploding apart. The hall’s kitchen stays open until the bar closes to balance libations with a menu of buffalo wings, steak-fajita wraps, and plates of chicken parmesan.
At Raxx Pool Room, Sports Bar & Grill, rows of pool tables gleam under bright lights, waiting for the clatter of opening breaks and thuds of 8 balls sinking into called pockets. As expert or novice players line up their cues on the pristine felt, ample space around the tables allows for game attempts at tricky shots or rounds of Hokey Pokey to calm nerves. True to the sports bar's name, pool isn't the only activity here?arcade games, beer-pong matches, dart games, and karaoke performances grant their share of entertainment, as well. At the bar, the lights are a bit dimmer, so guests can relax after games by watching sports on the slate of 18 TVs?plus a 100-inch projector?and pairing wraps and burgers from the grill with a selection of specialty cocktails.
The marketing specialists at Queens Promotion Group further the reach of local hospitality and entertainment businesses through promotional events and branding services. From the Crawfish Festival held in the swanky boutique Z Hotel to unlimited drinks served in the ultramodern bar, Play, Queens Promotion Group hosts convivial gatherings in venues that accommodate their clients’ sizes, strengths, and fear of ghosts. The outfit also offers such varied services as graphic design and website development, ad placement, and digital marketing campaigns.
Break Bar & Billiards combines the elements that make a neighborhood bar worth revisiting into an urban adult playground. At the 55-foot bar, bartenders dispense 18 draught beers and a dozen different bottles, while a full kitchen crew whips up a menu of buffalo wings, nachos, and burgers. Between brews, the staff allows patrons to hit the billiards, table tennis, air hockey, and vintage arcade games to decide who will buy the next round or who has to swallow the eight-ball. The 7,000-square-foot space is lined with exposed brick, industrial heating vents, and vaulted ceilings, lending a sophisticated feel to the playground.
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.