Do you and your group feel like you’re stuck in a rut every weekend? If so, then shake up your next night out by heading to a bar with billiard tables. Visiting a bar in the Chicago area with billiard tables is the best of both worlds, as you can still choose from a selection of drinks while engaging in some friendly competition at the pool table. To find the right bar with a billiard table for your next night out, consider checking out the following five venues.
Edison Park Inn
6715 N. Olmsted Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
Located in Chicago’s Edison Park neighborhood just steps from the Metra train stop, Edison Park Inn’s pool tables are a great way to meet up with your friends. The bar’s pool tables are first-come, first-served, and reservations are not available. While you wait, you can also bowl at the EPI’s bowling alley. The bar also offers drink specials for every night, and a food menu that includes favorites like hot wings, burgers, salads and pizzas. It’s also a Blackhawks bar, so you can watch the game while playing pool.
Prairie Moon Restaurant
1502 Sherman Road
Evanston, IL 60201
If you’re in Evanston’s downtown and want to play a quick round of pool while sipping a beer, then head to Prairie Moon Restaurant. It has a pool table, and you can play without making reservations. You can also play a few games in between a snack, meal or drink, too. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner every day, and breakfast on Sunday. Its menu includes sandwiches, salads, burgers, appetizers and steak, and late-night snacks. Its beer list includes a selection of local beer, including Two Brothers, as well as stouts, porters, lagers and pilsners, while the wine list includes local and international wines by the bottle or glass.
Keenan O’Reilly’s Pub
3916 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
Are you looking for a way to play pool while out with your friends? Then head over to Keenan O’Reilly’s Pub for a game or two. The pool table isn’t the only way you can play games at the pub. Keenan O’Reilly’s also has a ping pong table, jukebox and board games that you can play with your friends or with other bar patrons. The pub has drink specials every night, so you’re sure to find something you enjoy while playing a quick game of pool. Keenan O’Reilly’s is located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood and is open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Friday, and until 3 a.m. on Saturday, making it a great starting or end point for your night out on the town. It also offers free pool on Thursday nights.
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2432 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
With two regulation pool tables, Lincoln Station offers a way to unwind after a long day at the office or to start the weekend right. On the weekdays, the hourly rates to play pool are $8 per hour; on the weekends, the hourly rate is $12 per hour after 7 p.m. A waiting list is also available. The bar, which is located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, has a wide selection of beer, with approximately 20 on tap and more than 25 available in bottles. If you’re working up an appetite while you play, make sure to check out the bar’s food menu with fare that includes nachos, salads, fries, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and even desserts. Lincoln Station is also a Buffalo Bills bar, so you can cheer on the team instead of the Bears while playing pool.
1944 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Easy Bar’s pool table is first-come, first-served. To snag time at the pool table, Easy Bar’s Marketing and Events Coordinator Ryan Gac said players can reserve the next game of pool by putting a coin on the table. One game of pool is $1, and the bar offers free pool on Wednesdays. Easy Bar is located in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood and offers a selection of beer that currently includes 12 on tap and more than 20 in bottles. If cocktails are more your thing, then make sure to check out the bar’s menu, which includes the Marley, Manhattan and Le Chuck.
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