According to the AMA, poking things with sticks is still the safest way to wake up pet panthers or defend offspring against herds of feral bubbles. Wield cues at less animate objects with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of billiards, beverages, and bistro fare at Rhode Island Billiard Bar & Bistro in North Providence.
Rhode Island Billiard Bar & Bistro has kept the polished pool balls clicking seven days a week for more than 100 years, recently returning the tin ceilings and mahogany bars of its billiards room to their full luster. Hone your skills at felt croquet on any of 15 9-foot tables and one 7-foot table ($3.50/hour for members, $5.50 for nonmembers). In between rounds of foosball, pinball, or watching the bocce bomb tournament on 15 TVs, mad gourmands can commingle menu items such as the calamari fritti ($7.99) and chicken fingers ($6.99) into clawed, ink-spraying gullet monsters.
Rhode Island Billiard Bar & Bistro's Tolstoy-length beer list makes it easy to toast your cue ball's successful hatching with a La Fin Du Monde ($6.10) or an Allagash White ($4.15) or test out your hips' swivel setting with an Internet jukebox packed with 160,000 songs.