Now that you've mastered the first half of being a pool hustler (hiding the fact that you're good at pool), you'll need to master the second and some would say more important half (actually being good at pool). Today's deal will get you there, and makes sure you won't get there hungry: for $10, you get $20 worth of American pub fare and drinks at Side Pockets in Lenexa. Today's Groupon also gets you free pool on any of Side Pockets' 25 tables from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. (typically $8 per hour per table), so you can practice your bridge shot with the quiet encouragement of comfort foods and quality beers whispering to your brain.
Side Pockets is the perfect place for those who can only digest food while watching sports on the tube. The growing franchise boasts six big-screen televisions among 18 regularly impressive screens, darts, nightly poker, and a menu that's full of finger food for fingers stained blue with pool-cue chalk. Tiptoe these "hand-cues" to the toasty corners of toasted ravioli (stuffed with spicy beef, $6.99) or to the edge of a half-pound mushroom Swiss burger ($7.89). A hearty Reuben ($7.99) will improve your ability to second-guess the referees on the TVs, as will a Greek gyro wrap ($8.29) or country-fried steak (with home-style mash, $9.29). And from Side Pockets' taps flow standards such as Miller Light, Bud Lite, and Boulevard Wheat, though you can also pop open a bottle of Boulevard Pale Ale, Modelo, Blue Moon, Stella Artois, and other domestic and imported beers.
Now that a crummy job market has transformed your den back into your oldest child's bedroom, having a dependable place to kick back with sports, an ice-cold beer, and a slick quesadilla is crucial. Side Pockets will give you all three at almost any hour you need them. The Lenexa location opens for kitchen orders every day at 11 a.m., and it closes at 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday and 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The bar, however, stays open daily until 2 a.m. Everyone can buy up to three Groupons and can combine two for parties of four or more.
People in Lenexa are too busy chalking up pool cues to review their Side Pockets, but two Insiders Pages users give the Kansas City location five stars:
- Side Pockets has wonderful staff that became like family to my husband and myself. The food was great and often very unexpected selection that rivaled a 4star restaurant, but in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. – Linda V.
- This was my favorite hang out when I lived in North Kansas City! This is probably one of the biggest pool halls I have ever been to. – Kelly R.