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The Best Places to Play Billiards in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 27, 2011

billiards torontoThe best places to play billiards in Toronto must be of a few unwavering conditions. Evenly spaced tables is a necessity, lest you want a wayward cue to introduce you to your neighbour. Good music is a plus, as well as a great selection on tap, and the rates have to be such that you're not preoccupied with going over the hour.

But the most important factor is perhaps the most difficult to pin down; the intangible atmosphere that makes the place just feel right for billiards. Or, if that's too abstract, let's just leave it with the number of beers on tap.

Here are the best places to play billiards in Toronto.

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The Rivoli (Poolhall)

The Rivoli (Poolhall)

The second floor of the Rivoli is a great billiard spot because you rarely feel the leering eyes of onlookers waiting for you to kick the curb. With 11 tables to go around and plenty of booths to keep the crowd occupied, you can usually get away with playing an extra round or two. Tables are $8/hr. More »

VIP Lounge and Billiards

VIP Lounge and Billiards

Uh, speaking of dungeon-esque, VIP isn't exactly pansies and pastels, but the dark vibe is to be expected of a lower-level pub. Billiards is the obvious raison d'etre here, though it has a full restaurant and dining room to go along with its 17 billiard and three snooker tables. Tables are $10/hr in the evenings, and $6/hr between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. More »

Pegasus Bar

Pegasus Bar

Pegasus Bar in the Village may have just four tables, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in Gaga abundance (only a bonus, of course, if you can still tolerate Poker Face sing-alongs). Pegasus offers its tables at a lower rate than most at $8.50/hr, and just $5.50/hr during Wednesday Pool. More »

The Raq

The Raq

The Raq's billiard area offers a somewhat confused version of a man cave with dark tables, hanging lamps, wooden floors, and, uh, sparkling crystal chandeliers. It works, though. Raised glass bars allow you to keep a drink nearby (without risking a table spill) and the $12/hr charge takes an average toll on the wallet. More »

Annex Billiards

Annex Billiards

Annex Billiards is a billiards club, so move east to the Brunny if you want to dance, kids. Most patrons here get that, thankfully, and make proper use of the eight billiard and 10 snooker tables. Annex Billiards has been around for decades and offers pretty good rates starting at $8/hr on weekends. More »

The Charlotte Room

The Charlotte Room

The Charlotte Room fulfils most stereotypes of the quintessential pool hall. It's slightly off the beaten path, stocked with a great selection of beer, and always seems to be showing the hockey game on its screens during the season. The Charlotte Room is where professionals and amateurs alike come to play, with its seven tables available for both leagues and lessons. Tables are $14/hr. More »

Chalkers Pub

Chalkers Pub

Chalkers has lots of space (necessary, of course, for 12 billiard tables) and a really relaxed vibe that's all too foreign south of Bloor. Eighteen beers on tap and live music only ameliorate the experience, unless, of course, it's salsa night wherein little can be redeemed. Tables at Chalkers are $14/hr. More »

Discussion

29 Comments

MikeS / September 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm
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On Cue in Bloor West Village is good too. Decent menu with Ukrainian grub to boot.
Bernard Manarin / September 27, 2011 at 01:54 pm
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Times Square should definitely be on this list...
Mark G / September 27, 2011 at 02:47 pm
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Crooked Cue, around Bloor & Royal York.
Mark G / September 27, 2011 at 02:48 pm
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Not sure what Andy Poolhall is doing on the list. That place is of a more night-club than billiards
don / September 27, 2011 at 03:59 pm
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Andy Poolhall is my choice to shoot some stick, There is always so much going on and to look at- Sure it gets Crazy Busy at times but they do have their Chill Nights during the week. It is a Hybrid of Billiards, cocktail lounge and night club. The staff are always on and friendly and they pour Wicked drinks!
MRPK replying to a comment from don / September 27, 2011 at 06:38 pm
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Don You Have Wonderful Grammar.

I agree with Mark G, Andy Poolhall should not be on this list.
nippleholic / September 27, 2011 at 07:59 pm
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is the poll hall/Triad hangout beside the El Mocambo still in business?
don / September 27, 2011 at 08:48 pm
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LOL The Grammar Police strikes again This List was Voted on By people who Partake in going out to play Pool- Not by people who sit and correct Grammar- i am Italian and English is my 3rd language. So sorry if i Offended your past time.
Michael / September 27, 2011 at 09:11 pm
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Hello Thank You for Voting my Venue as one of the Best Places to play Billiards. We Have been Voted as such many times over the years. Thanks to Don for his comment.
Michael Owner Andy Poolhall
Marcus replying to a comment from Michael / September 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm
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No Need to Capitalize Every single Word! lol
MRPK replying to a comment from don / September 28, 2011 at 08:25 am
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Looks Like The Owner Of Andy Pollhall Loves Capitals As Well.

Don keep your finger off of the Shift button.
MRPK / September 28, 2011 at 11:59 pm
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I've been thinking about the comments I made earlier and I regret posting them. I've been a stupid asshole and I apologize for my behaviour.
some guy replying to a comment from MRPK / October 4, 2011 at 06:20 pm
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Good for you.
MRLD / October 6, 2011 at 09:17 pm
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Don: obviously this isn't your name, but the noun, since you have neglected to capitaliza it despite your earlier orthographic assaults. From my admittedly limited understanding of the Italian language, I understand that there are fewer instances where one should use capital letters. Which means you're likely overcompensating, which wouldn't surprise in the least, considering you are Italian.

Michael,

I have no idea what your excuse is. Herd mentality? Sympathy for the retarded? Recent stroke victim?
Darcy McGee / October 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm
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Friends and I used to play at The Academy years ago. Loved that place. The higher cost is worth is unless you're broke, and splitting the cost amongst friends makes it really marginal.

We used to have a theory that the art on the walls was all "Dogs Playing Poker" in various styles. "Oh look...there's an IMPRESSIONIST Dogs Playing Poker"; "Oh look...CUBIST Dogs Playing Poker"; "Oh look...it's a Jackson Pollack Dogs Playing Poker."

Yeah, it was a lot funnier if you were there. I think.

Funny thing I hardly drank back then.
Evan Jerred / October 16, 2011 at 05:50 pm
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Went to Andy Poolhall. It was terrible, the tables were WAY off level, lots of unevenness, which makes sense because they are 8 foot home tables instead of 9 foot pro tables. Also the beer tasted like complete shit, likely also unmaintained. Shooters at vic park and lawrence have well maintained, 9 foot Brunswick tables as well as full size snooker and 7ft bar tables in the corner. Charlotte room also has well maintained 9 foot tables, as well as the annex billiards room, vip billiards, The Rivoli, and The Raq. I haven't been anywhere else but I'd vouch for those ones, and never go to Andy Poolhall again.

I've posted on this thread twice before regarding Shooters, and I'm pretty sure they were deleted. I am not affiliated with them, but of all the poolhalls I've been to, they are by far the best for serious players.
Rena / October 17, 2011 at 10:44 am
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Anyone have and recommendations for a good place for beginners? I used to really like playing pool as a kid with my dad, but I haven't played in over a decade. I'd love to go with some friends just to mess around without irritating the pros. Thanks!
John replying to a comment from Michael / October 29, 2011 at 10:51 am
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Very classy.
michael / October 29, 2011 at 01:54 pm
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RE Jerred We have all of our tables dismantled and re-done including all the bumpers and felt twice a year which are now due - Amsterdam Brewery maintains our draft lines and clean them regularly. Being such a busy place the tables do get nudged around and can be a bit off as the hardwood floors of our building are not totally level but we try to keep them as level as possible. Thank You for your feedback we do listen to all.
Michael Owner of andy Poolhall
Gerry K / February 27, 2012 at 02:26 am
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Hello,
Personally, I prefer well maintained, quality equipment conveniently located (bonus would be free parking). I like space between the tables, not too busy, competitive pricing a good menu and a spicy waitress. I play in the occasional tournament and enjoy watching great players and money matches. I've been in every club in the city and although no room has it all, I would pick Danny Green's Billiards & Bar.

The owner is Maurene Seto a touring professional woman's pool player and she has Brunswick Gold Crown 9' and 12' tables along with Valley 7' tables professionally, meticulously maintained, Simoni cloth, match pro sets of Super Aramith billiard balls. Parking is free after 6pm.
Thanks
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm
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No Need to Capitalize Every single Word! lol
Mike / March 24, 2013 at 09:55 pm
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I often goto Golden Town Billiards with my buddies on friday night. It's in North York so closer from where I live.
Everything's well maintained. Seems pretty new and they got pingpong.
robert / June 22, 2013 at 09:19 am
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I am looking for a 3 cushion billiard table. Any ideas ?
Ken / July 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm
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Why isn't Time Square on the list?? A few of these places are great as a bar/lounge, but as a place for pool it's far from Time Square. VIP is definitely Overrated and same with its prices
Rob / September 9, 2013 at 02:30 pm
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Anyone know any bars in Toronto that have free pool on quiet weekdays?
Chris / November 25, 2013 at 08:42 pm
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Rob, I would also like to know about places that offer free pool during the day.

Also, what is the best DVD/youtube series to learn the game?
ShuZuRnaghTY / March 24, 2014 at 07:10 pm
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Chalkers is da'bomb! The live act was some hot babe rockin out 80's tunes. Eat there alligator and calamari, tables and cues are straight. Easy playing without and hustle. Down side is to many cue balls flyin all over daplace. :)
Rob Newsome / April 23, 2014 at 11:58 pm
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This is a great new league coming to town if u hate pool politics.
No handicaps......just real pool and cash payouts!

facebook.com/hillhillpool
James / August 29, 2014 at 02:58 pm
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the Horseshoe Tavern opens up their table for free play on Sundays and Mondays

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