Like an Easter egg hunt at a chicken-pox ward, billiards asks you to pocket striped orbs while trying not to scratch. Keep your mind on the game with today's Groupon: for $30, you get two hours of pool for two people, four beers or soda of your choice and a pizza at Eastside Billiards and Bar (up to a $62 value). This deal is also valid for all-day play Sundays through Thursdays as well as Fridays and Saturdays before 7 p.m.
Eastside Billiards looses an ocean of felt for champions and casual players to explore while quenching their thirsts at a full bar that remains open until at least 1 a.m. every day. The tournament-grade Simonis 860 cloth on Eastside's 16 regulation Brunswick Gold Crown III tables receives regular manicuring, allowing racks of high-grade, Belgian billiard balls to snub friction with preternatural efficiency and total disdain. Maple-fiberglass composite Cuetec cues propel orbs with pinpoint accuracy, heaving their 18–21 ounces of weight behind the tip of a professional taper that feels no shame in regularly tapping out for a fresh-faced replacement. The soft fluorescent glow over each table bathes games in mood lighting.
Players can break for four beers or sodas of their choice at the full bar and enjoy their pizza between rounds. Five big-screen televisions broadcast looped footage of the 1997 Scripps National Spelling Bee, and an MP3 jukebox with more than 400,000 songs serenades guests through its Bose Lifestyle 301 speakers. Foosball, pinball, and table tennis let patrons sharpen their miniature sphere-manipulating skills before they return to conquer full-size billiards balls.
Upper East Side
163 E 86th St.
Manhattan, New York 10028Get Directions