Best of Boston

2000 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

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, this Kendall Square hangout is one classy joint that’s neither a meat market nor an amusement park. At once understated and regal, the place features clean red felt, good cheap beer, and regulars who actually know how to play a game of nine ball.

1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-494-9565,