If your billiards skills are on par with those of Tom Cruise a la The Color of Money, then you probably won’t be caught dead in the small-time venues that Court Street has to offer. For the rest of us, Court Street is more than accommodating for some casual billiards. No matter your skill level, the uptown bars provide a great atmosphere to shoot pool with friends. The entries aren’t ranked in any particular order as they all have their pros and cons, but they all qualify as the best places to shoot pool on Court Street.
Lucky’s is a prime venue to shoot pool uptown. With relatively new tables and equipment, Lucky’s Tavern offers a relaxed atmosphere for pool players. With two tables, it’s easy to find one available in the evening. The tables themselves are also unique due to their red felt, and the lighting is a lot brighter than most of the other bars uptown. Just a word of warning: it is nearly impossible to play at Lucky’s on Wednesday nights among the throngs of thirsty patrons that the weekly “liquor pitcher” promotion draws.
The College Inn is one of the largest and most popular bars uptown. These reasons are precisely why the C.I. is a great place to play pool. The spacious bar features two tables upstairs and another in the basement (only open on weekends). The C.I. is great for those hoping to avoid the crowds and sneak in a few games on a weeknight. Prior to Thursday night on most weeks, the C.I. is usually pretty barren before 9 p.m. When the bar is not crowded, the pool area at the rear of the building offers patrons plenty of room and relative privacy.
Usually known as a destination for ping pong, the Pigskin is also a great destination for a round of pool. With a cavernous amount of space to work with, the Pigskin’s lone pool table offers tremendous maneuverability for those looking to escape the semi-cramped conditions that can be found at other bars. As an added bonus, the Pigskin’s table features some of the nicest felting to be found in Athens. Due to these luxuries however, the ‘Skin’s table is a coveted treasure for pool enthusiasts and can be hard to secure during peak hours.
Pawpurr’s offers two tables with plenty of space to maneuver your cue stick. With a table at each end of the bar, there is always plenty of space. That is one of the reasons David York cited for Pawpurr’s being his favorite bar to shoot pool in Athens.
“Pawpurr’s is my favorite bar to play pool. It’s actually just my favorite bar in general. It’s really the only bar I like to play pool at,” says York, a recent OU grad.
Sticking true to the name, a round of pool at Pawpurr’s costs less than most other bars. While the going rate is usually seventy-five cents at most other places, a game only costs two quarters at Pawpurr’s.
Rounding out the list is The Overhang, one of the newer and nicer bars on Court Street. The Overhang boasts a tandem of new and well-maintained tables for its patrons. Also, the pool tables have a clear view of the big screen televisions behind the bar, perfect for those wishing to catch a game while enjoying a few rounds of pool. For those accustomed to the convention of placing a quarter on the table to reserve the next game, be warned. The Overhang utilizes a chalkboard where patrons add their names to a queue to secure a spot on the table.
While this is by no means a comprehensive list of bars with pool tables uptown, it can be seen as a guide to finding the best spot to shoot a few casual games. Armed with this knowledge, go forth and tread water in a sea swimming with pool sharks.