Best of Boston

Best Pool Hall

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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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. […] 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, […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»
1996 Best Pool Hall, Bargain

Sully’s Billiards

Allston
Cheap canned beer, microwave pizza, and straight cues—this 7-table pool hall is the real thing. Go Monday through Thursday for the special ($6 a head […] read more»
1975 Best Pool Hall

Game Room Amusements

Boston
Where the Minnesota Fats of Boston go to play snooker and billiards and pool. read more»