Best of Boston

2006 Best Pool Hall

Flat Top Johnny’s

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 slamming shots than shooting pool, but crowded around the hall’s 12 tables you’ll find plenty of serious players. Want to test your hustling skills? Cue up for the weekly 9-ball tournament Mondays at 6 p.m.

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