With plush upholstered armchairs for mid-game lounging and a solid wood bar for post-game swallowing, Far West Billiards offers a casual respite from uncomfortable gaming halls. Saddle up to one of six well-maintained Brunswick Gold Crown IV Tables, or hang back and bank on a burger with a choice of toppings, including chipotle sauce, bacon, and avocado. While mourning the loss of long-forgotten geometry lessons, sip on some wine, draft and bottled beers, or a classic cocktail made with real fruit and premium liquors. A solid game of pocket-plumping can be had at $7 per hour on Mondays through Saturdays from 3 p.m.–6 p.m., and all day on Sunday; evening pool sharks can attack for $10 per hour.
Belltown Billiards stepped up the nightlife game by blending a pool hall with a sleek, modern lounge. Stripes and solids roll atop eight custom-designed Brunswick pool tables, above which curved, industrial-style awnings arc like wings. Nearby, black leather couches in the lounge give onlookers a comfortable spot to watch games or the cue-twirling victory dances that follow them. Bartenders also pour out a selection of beers, cocktails, and wines from a neon-lit bar.
The onsite kitchen, helmed by a professional chef, makes Mediterranean-inspired entrees with fresh, local ingredients from nearby Pike Place Market. Small groups can order apps such as bruschetta or pork sliders from the à la carte regular menu. Thin-crust pizzas and buffet-style meals from the large-party menu cater to crews of up to 400. Belltown Billiards also hosts regular public events, and DJs spin dance beats every night.
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.
The Black Diamond is a hopping spot to watch the game, and with 17 flat screen TVs, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Feel free to pull up a chair at the marble bar, which has 31 beers on tap. Or claim one of the high-top tables arranged throughout the space, which spell out the location of the owner’s buried treasure. Guests are also encouraged to play a round on one of the sports bar’s 15 pool tables or belt out a classic tune during Thursday-night karaoke.
Black Diamond’s menu features classic American food such as 1/3-pound burgers, buffalo wings, and philly cheesesteaks. In addition to the ever-changing selection of craft beers, the bar also has a full lineup of signature cocktails. These include the Huckleberry Lemon Drop—huckleberry vodka and homemade lemon drop mix—and a bright-blue concoction known as the Dirty Smurf, which blends blueberry vodka, blue curacao, and sprite.
Recently, the sports bar opened a cafe, Diamond Cafe & Espresso, which serves breakfast and espresso drinks such as lattes, mochas, and cappuccinos. Try the country-fried steak and eggs, french toast, and egg scrambles with mushrooms or homemade corned beef hash. It’s available until 2 p.m. all week long.
Located inside Malarkey’s Pool and Brew, Grit City Comedy Club’s intimate, 150-seat venue stages close encounters between audiences and local and national comedians. The tables run right to the edge of the stage, allowing performers to riff back and forth with close viewers, and allowing close viewers to politely clean performers’ glasses after spit takes. While watching rib-tickling sets, guests can order from Malarkey’s full menu of food and draft beer, and wind down after the show with a game of pool.