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BEST Pool Hall

2012 BEST Pool Hall
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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 Cambridge Brewing Company) and plenty of tables. But with Kendall… read more»

2011 BEST Pool Hall

Big City

Allston

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 wait for a table; and beer, lots of beer. On… read more»

2006 BEST Pool Hall
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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. True, some of the rowdy patrons seem more interested in… 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 pool halls. Johnny’s red felt tabletops, surprisingly solid bar menu,… 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 alternative-music soundtrack and Roy Lichtenstein-esque mural on one wall. The… 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 hall updated with a punk-rock vibe that cuts through the… 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 a mellow punk vibe, a mix of Kendall Square professionals… 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 the corner. And even though it’s air-conditioned, with comfortable couches… 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 Flat Top Johnny’s, though. Unlike the rest of its ilk,… 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 the wake of a new wave of trendier joints, Boston… read more»