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Chase away those winter blues and shed that cabin fever “pool”-side. Before the temps heat up and give way to those sizzling summer rays, you can warm up with some competitive billiard play. The bars below supply endless hours of entertainment at competitive rates, combined with great drink and menu specials daily.
2046 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
Zanzibar is a haven for the gamer, housing 12 pool tables as well as an assortment of video games. This family-owned business nestled in Denver’s historic Ballpark neighborhood can’t be beat. Pool is free at Zanzibar most of the time, the exceptions are Friday and Saturday nights. And if that fact alone isn’t convincing, you can also enjoy fresh food daily until 1 a.m. including Mediterranean cuisine. Play while you indulge in great daily drink specials or participate in the happy hour which is offered every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and gives patrons half off appetizers and espresso as well as half off shuffleboard video games and four-person air hockey.
151 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
If you are looking to add a little culture to your game, SOBO 151 has a corner on the market. The authentic Czech bar hosts international guests daily and provides authentic cuisine in addition to a pool room and a league of its own. With three bar-sized pool tables framed by TVs tuned into the latest sports event or game, this bar is a casual sports fan’s sanctuary. And once you work up an appetite, the menu features traditional Czech beer and food such as schnitzel, goulash and potato pancakes that can be washed down with Pilsner Urquell and Czechvar on draft or the recently added Krusovice (known as one of Czech Republic’s best beers). This one-of-a-kind bar and pool hall is a local treasure and among the best in Denver.
Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Wynkoop is one of Denver’s leading breweries and it cleverly puts a spin on pub food and entertainment. Just up the stairs from the bar are 15 pool tables and two private pool rooms for patrons to utilize. Sip a locally crafted beer while you take a crack at the cue ball. All table use is free Monday through Friday before 5 p.m., and afterwards, it’s only $7 per hour of play. It all lines up for a winning shot when combined with the delicious menu, daily happy hour and specials.
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Tarantula Billiards Bar & Grille
1520 Stout St.
Denver, CO 80202
Centrally located in the heart of downtown Denver, Tarantula Billiards a family-owned pool hall. During the week, just a simple drink and food order earns you a free game. And Tarantula makes it irresistibly easy to order up that free game with a kitchen that is open late and boasts a savory menu with daily specials that are reasonably priced. In fact, most items on the menu are less than you would pay for a game of pool at any other bar or pool hall. Tarantula quite simply sinks its competition and is a locally favored venue.
3480 Park Ave. W.
Denver, CO 80216
While Roo Bar only houses two pool tables to “shoot the breeze,” it is renowned as one of the Mile High City’s favorite haunts for shooting pool. Conveniently located near Coors Field, it offers daily specials, themed sports events and an enticing happy hour. You can afford to cue up your game regularly here and many long-time regulars do so. Roo Bar also hosts private parties and banquets if the occasion of your outing is exclusive.
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Marian is a freelance writer with a passion for music, entertainment and nightlife. She writes regularly on assignment for Examiner.com as their Pop Music Journalist. You can view her page here.