Best of Boston

2003 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

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 attitude dripping from those billiards palaces downtown. Funky conceptual art hangs above a dozen or so tables—enough so there’s rarely a wait, but not so many that you feel like you’re racking ’em up in a warehouse.

One Kendall Sq., Cambridge, 617-494-9565,