223 W. Chase St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
There’s no experience quite like playing pool in an Irish pub. After just a few drinks at Dougherty’s Pub, many visitors will find themselves in the pool table room and chalking up a cue stick without protest. The casual, comfortable ambiance of this bar easily leads to a fun game of billiards complete with your typical pub munchies on the side like extra crispy French fries, mozzarella sticks and nachos. This neighborhood pub also offers 15 beers on draft, as well as seasonal brews and happy hour specials, making it a great spot to chill with friends any night of the week.
The Laughing Pint
3531 Gough St.
Baltimore, Md. 21224
Open Monday through Saturday until 1 a.m., The Laughing Pint has 50-cent pool games and $1 off all draft beers during happy hour (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) to start out the night. Then be sure to work up an appetite and place an order to the kitchen as this bar prepares all dishes in house and even offers tasty vegetarian options. Once your change is all gone for the pool table, you can enjoy free shuffleboard, ping pong or even WiFi until closing time. This “Nicest Little Bar in Baltimore” also boasts an outdoor, heated smoking area – an accommodation that is not found at many bars anymore.
737 S. Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Max’s Taphouse in historic Fells Point has everything you need for a fun game night out. Envision 1,200 bottled beers, 140 rotating drafts and five hand-pumped cask ales with 18 TVs playing sports as you hunker down for a game of pool – one might argue it doesn’t get better than this for entertainment. Certainly the legendary beer selection of local and imported brews initially attracts you to Max’s, but it is the cozy, friendly atmosphere and pool table that keeps you there. Additionally, every weekday has drink specials like “Monday Sucks Happy Hour” or “Tuesday Beer Social,” which have the ability to draw out unsuspecting pool players as the night goes on.
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Conveniently located near Camden Yards and Ravens Stadium, most Baltimore sports lovers have stopped in at Mother’s Grille at one time or another. Whether it’s for a quick bite to eat or the desire to mingle and enjoy some cold brews, this restaurant accommodates everyone including the billiards fan. Two pool tables, ample nearby seating with tables and easy viewing of flat-screen TVs have proven to be a winning combination for all guests, no matter your sports preference or affiliation. Since Mother’s is a popular spot before, after and during games, be sure to arrive early or prepare to wait for the tables to open when the Orioles or Ravens are playing.
2549 N. Howard St.
Baltimore, Md. 21218
The Ottobar is best known in Baltimore for attracting both local and national musical talent, but the venue is also not without a rocking pool table located downstairs. The almost “hideaway” pool room can be a pleasant spot to sneak off to when you’re not head banging away or just need a break from the crowd. However, guests can still listen to the live music while enjoying a game and light conversation. Plus, with the notable artists that occasionally frequent here, you never know who you might end up playing a game of pool with.
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