A billiard shark can scent an eight-ball collision nearly a mile away, and the only way to befuddle his nose is by polluting the water with beer, ciabatta, or kittens. Play pool in safe waters with this Groupon: $20 gets you $40 worth of pool, satisfying comfort food, and libations at Flat Top Johnny's in Cambridge. Located in One Kendall Square, this enormous hall of red felt and brick hosts Monday-night nine-ball tournies and late 1 a.m. hours for nocturnal cueing, chalking, and racking.
Flat Top Johnny's is a frequent winner of Boston magazine's Best Pool Hall Award for its fleet of 12 tournament-sized tables surrounded by the pitter-patter of pinball machines and dartboards and the foamy lathers of crisp draft beers. The menu of tasty grub includes ciabattas, wraps, sliders, salads, and classic American appetizers. Buffalo tenders come with carrots and celery for blue-cheese dipping ($7), chicken and veggie skewers are glazed in either teriyaki or peanut sauces ($7), and hot pretzels dress themselves in beer mustard or honey mustard ($3). The Greek ciabatta with grilled chicken, feta, roasted red peppers, olives, and olive oil makes a filling hand-steadier for wobbly cues.
Any winning streak can be celebrated with a draft Guinness, just as any losing spell can be salved by drafts of Anchor Liberty Ale, Harpoon IPA, CBC Amber, or any of the total 14 brews poured cold. Another 16 hoppy libations are available by the bottle. Flat Top Johnny's is a bustling hole for side-pocket all stars and rookie scratchers looking to sharpen their skills and fulfill their lager-sports quota.
- Raucous, loud, very often packed, but those are all good things for this sort of place - you don't head to a pool hall for a quiet, chill evening. Kick back, relax in the lounge areas, play some pool or darts, and enjoy pretty decent food – Amy B., Insider Pages )
- Here you find the right mix of people, casual atmosphere, drinks, food, and pool. And, the music is always just off center, and usually very entertaining. I highly recommend this place, for a night out of playing pool, or darts or even golden-t (yes!). it's also just a good hang...recommended indeed. – jg3322, Citysearch
- The bar is very well stocked and their bar tenders know how to make pretty good drinks which can be rare sometimes in Boston. The place is hip, can be busy at times and is a lot of fun, with a group of friends or with just a couple. – Jeremy K., Yelp
1 Kendall Square
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139Get Directions