Historically, green felt has only had two applications: lowering friction on pool tables' surfaces and giving life to Kermit the Frog. Enjoy the fabric’s non-amphibious side with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get two hours of pool for up to four people (up to a $20 value) and a draft pitcher or bucket of domestic beer (up to a $15 value) at Pockets Pool & Pub (up to a total $35 value).
Pockets Pool & Pub beckons groups to showcase their geometric prowess with two hours of pool play on any of the 11 regulation Brunswick tables. Like a wallet-versus-cell-phone battle, cue wielders vie for pocket dominance, then overcome table rivalries by sharing the pours from a pitcher of draft beer (a $9 value) or keep a cool distance with a bucket of five domestic bottles (up to a $15 value). Low lighting and slew of TVs accent the pub’s jovial atmosphere, with jukeboxes crooning hits from the 1940s onward. The environs also feature an on-site pro shop to fix up personal equipment. Nightly specials and the late-night bar menu fuel patrons' minds, keeping games as strategic as a seating chart at a Montague-Capulet wedding.
Pockets Pool & Pub
Until 2 in the morning, the sounds of billiard balls hang like offbeat commas in the conversations of players leaning on their cues. Of the 18 tables at Pockets Pool & Pub, 10 are regulation Brunswick Gold Crown pocket tables, 6 are coin-operated, and 2 are Spider Elite Carom tables, which are heated to keep balls moving smoothly. Like deserted kangaroo towns, carom tables have no pockets—the game is played based on one’s position against the rails. Every week, the tables host nine-ball, pool, and one-pocket competitions.
The thin, twanging guitar notes of songs from the ’40s drift from a jukebox near the pro shop, which furnishes players with gear. Elsewhere, backgammon pieces and dice click against boards sliced by the characteristic triangles, and players hoist glasses of brews and cocktails over plates of sandwiches and fried snacks.
Colonia Del Valle
1062 S Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85711