Denver is home to some of the greatest pool halls in the state. Whether you’re looking for a casual place to hang out with friends or you’re a serious player, Denver has a pool hall to perfectly suit your needs. For the billiards aficionado, there are even pool leagues and tournaments that can be found all throughout the metro area. Below are some of the best pool halls in Denver.
Tarantula Billiard & Bar
1520 Stout St.
Denver, CO 80202
Tarantula Billiard & Bar has been named the best billiards bar in Denver for 10 years. Recently, the pool hall moved into its new location downtown at 1520 Stout Street. With 16 newly-felted Gold Crown billiards tables, an outdoor patio and a large bar featuring old-school garage-style doors, Tarantula Billiards is a go-to spot for a laid-back happy hour or an intense evening of competition between friends. Better yet, on weekdays patrons receive free pool with any food or drink order.
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Rack’em Billiards & Sports Bar
1919 S Havana St.
Aurora, CO 80014
Rack’em Billiards has plenty of events going on throughout the week, from nightly drink specials to trivia, poker and regular weekly billiards tournaments. In addition to 23 pool tables, Rack’em Billiards has four dart boards, a foosball table, skeeball and vintage arcade games. The sports bar, featuring 12 rotating beers on tap, is home to a 92-inch high definition projection screen as well as six other TVs, making Rack’em a great spot to watch your favorite Colorado sports team. On most nights, Rack’em offers free pool with the purchase of food or drink.
2046 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
Zanzibar, with its rustic brick walls, chalkboard specials menu and worn-out couches, is a dive bar in the heart of LoDo. With 12 newly-felted pool tables, 50 beers on tap and free pool everyday (yes––everyday), Zanzibar is a great spot for billiards fanatics or those who just want to unwind with a beer and a casual game of pool. Also, if you beat Ami, the owner of Zanzibar, at chess or backgammon, she’ll buy you a drink. Be sure to stop in for happy hour for great drink prices and half-priced appetizers. Located two blocks away from Coors Field, Zanzibar Billiards offers food and drink specials when the Rockies (or any Colorado team) play at home. Just bring in your ticket and get a $2 beer or $8 burger and beer combo.
3355 S. Yarrow St., E101
Lakewood, CO 80227
Greenfields Bar is a popular dive in Lakewood, featuring special events almost every night. From karaoke Sundays, trivia Tuesdays, free pool Wednesdays and live music on weekends, Greenfields has something to fit every Coloradan’s fancy. A large number of pool tables ensures little to no wait, but if you are left hanging, you won’t be bored. With four beer pong tables, three dart boards, a brand new ping pong table, foosball table, and three new pinball machines, Greenfields lives up to its tagline: “Never a dull moment at Greenfields!” For serious pool players, Greenfields has in-house 8-ball and 9-ball pool leagues that compete in various tournaments both locally and in other cities.
Sobo 151 Bar & Grill
151 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Located in Denver’s Baker neighborhood, Sobo 151 Bar & Grill caters to an eclectic crowd. Sports fans, karaoke divas, trivia fiends and billiards buffs all mingle within this popular Czech bar and grill. In addition to a bar area, dining room and outdoor patio, Sobo 151 offers a separate pool room featuring three bar-size tables as well as a Pac-Man multi-game cocktail table that features upwards of 30 games from the early 80s like Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, and Galaga. If you need a break from all that gaming, grab a chair in Sobo 151′s dining area and sample some traditional Czech fare like Schnitzel or apple strudel.
Michelle Humphrey is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found here.