Best Pool Hall in Boston

2013 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

Cambridge

We have a limited selection of pool halls in the area, which means that come the weekend, Flat Top Johnny’s can get absolutely overwhelmed. Weeknights are a better bet: It’s…Read More

2012 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

Cambridge

Where Felt, Kings, and Jillian’s feel more like Chuck E. Cheese’s, Flat Top Johnny’s is a classic pool hall, a place with great beer on tap (courtesy of the adjacent…Read More

2012 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

Cambridge

Where Felt, Kings, and Jillian’s feel more like Chuck E. Cheese’s, Flat Top Johnny’s is a classic pool hall, a place with great beer on tap (courtesy of the adjacent…Read More

2011 Best Pool Hall

Big City

What makes for a good pool hall? High-quality tables and first-rate equipment, of course; a decent-size crowd (is there anything more depressing than an empty pool hall?) without a massive…Read More

2006 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

Cambridge

Unlike its dank and dreary cousins, this billiards palace is clean and well-lit, with premium liquors poured at the full bar and food that would please even a discerning palate….Read More

2005 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

Cambridge

You may not find Minnesota Fats chalking his cue at this casual Cambridge hangout, but you also won’t find the dingy ambiance and meat-market reek that spoils so many other…Read More

2004 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

Cambridge

There are some places where you feel cooler just by walking in. Such is the case with this funky pool hall, which sets the right mood with red-felt tables, an…Read More

2003 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

Cambridge

Who needs waitresses in jackboots or martinis with funny names? You came here to play pool, not tipple and gawk at the scenery. Johnny’s feels like a downbeat 1940s pool…Read More

2002 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

Cambridge

Flat Top Johnny’s runs the table. It’s really no contest, considering most of Boston’s pool halls are either shabby gin joints or cheesy meat markets. Flat Top’s, by contrast, has…Read More

2001 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

Cambridge

Pool halls pop with American romanticism: Fast Eddie Felson, bourbon, the small-time hustle. They’re supposed to be stark, shadowy places with heroin jazz playing softly, and a slow-twirling fan in…Read More

2000 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

Cambridge

Fast Eddie Felson wouldn’t have set foot in most of the upscale pool halls that have replaced the smoky hustler haunts of old. He might have made an exception for…Read More

1999 Best Pool Hall

Boston Billiard Club

Boston

Most of Boston’s pool halls either reek of arrogance—or just plain reek. Yet year after year, Boston Billiard Club preserves its place among the city’s best. This year, even in…Read More

1998 Best Pool Hall

The Rack

Boston

There’s something refreshingly different about this joint— starting with the fact that, with 22 tables the color of champagne and mahogany furniture, it’s way too upscale to be called a…Read More

1997 Best Pool Hall

Jillian’s

Boston

Among up-scale pool halls, the original Jillian’s gets bonus points for being there first. But what sets it apart from the competition is all the stuff beneath the third-floor pool…Read More

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