Sometimes bar games, like old arcade machines and bowling, are just a little too much for the senses or not the level of physical activity a night out on the town calls for. The simple answer to a gaming urge in a local bar is billiards. Shooting pool is a classic gaming choice, and can range in level of involvement from a relaxed night out with some friends to rounds of competitive fun among acquaintances. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, these bars are great places to get your pool fix while enjoying the perks of a great local watering hole.

Bier Markt
1948 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 274-1010

Bier Markt is one of West 25th Street’s well-known treats. A great place to stop by for some pool and a beer, this bar specializes in Belgian beers and pairs them with tasty bites like pommes frites, burgers and a variety of pizzas that will keep you full and satisfied throughout the night. The pool table is separated from the front-of-the-house crowds so that the pool cues don’t present any danger to others simply socializing, which will put you at ease once you get deep into a game with some friends.

Edison’s Pub
2373 Professor Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 522-0006

Edison’s Pub, sometimes prefaced by the legendary Edison’s Pizza Kitchen (which is actually owned and operated separately), is a relaxed bar that attracts people from all walks of life and eagerly accepts new patrons. You’ll feel welcomed immediately, and upon walking to the back area of the seating area, you’ll find a popcorn machine and pool table hidden in the dim lighting of this quaint bar. Come for the craft beers, the warm atmosphere, the cool patio or simply to shoot some pool and have a relaxing evening out.

Prosperity Social Club
1109 Starkweather Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 937-1938

Prosperity Social Club is quite an experience for anyone walking in without knowledge of this historic establishment. The bar is in the original 1938 barroom and maintains an art deco, vintage and retro atmosphere. There is a game room, complete with a pool table, vintage bowling machine and board games, for patrons to enjoy over some comfort food and craft beers. The kitschy vibe and time warp atmosphere make Prosperity a go-to for a unique experience.

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ABC Tavern
1872 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 861-3857

ABC Tavern, a West 25th Street staple, has a large drink selection, tasty bar food and a jukebox for some classic entertainment. In addition, the tavern also has space upstairs that holds a pool table, inviting any interested patrons to play. The area looks out over the length of the bar area, with a view of all of the activity going on below, while you can enjoy a game of pool at the same time.

The Corner Alley 
402 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 298-4070

The Corner Alley is downtown Cleveland’s bowling alley seated on the corner of Euclid and East 4th street, among the hubbub of food and entertainment attractions surrounding the area. Definitely a less relaxed setting than the rest of the bars on this list, this establishment provides gaming options and the feel of an upscale bowling alley, rather than a divey, private area. A popular choice for those looking for a group activity, expect this bar to be full and fun.

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