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 $10, you get two hours of billiards at Surf City Billiards & Cafe (up to a $24 value).
At Surf City Billiards & Cafe, people sink spheres into the pockets of 15 Brunswick Gold Crown billiard tables, which are swathed in Simonis tournament-quality blue or pink cloth for maximum rollocity. The polished dark-wood tables serve as miniature showrooms for banked shots, behind-the-back showboating, and tricky cue-stick maneuvers as orbs clack against one another like oysters in the throat of a gargling clam. Although fare and drinks are not included in the value of this Groupon, Surf City Billiards & Cafe offers freshly prepared sandwiches and burgers to fuel gamers and a wide selection of draft and bottled beers to loosen lips and stiff billiard stances.
Surf City Billiards & Cafe
In the main room of Surf City Billiards & Cafe, sun pours through skylights in the 22-foot vaulted ceilings, illuminated 15 Brunswick Gold Crown tables covered in pro-standard Simonis cloth. Darts and a shuffleboard table provide additional opportunities for competition, whereas eight big-screen TVs let fans cheer for their favorite commercials between interruptions by men throwing balls. The hall's full bar keeps spirits high with local wine and beer, and a bustling kitchen turns out gourmet takes on traditional bar food. Applewood-smoked bacon gives third-pound Angus-beef patties a porcine kick, and the Surf City dog adorns a quarter-pound 100% beef frank with zesty chipotle mayo.
The billiards hall was named one of the Top 10 New Pool Halls in America in 2008.