12 places to play pool in Richmond

Whether you’re a novice or a pool shark, there’s a table for you in the River City


The sign above Don’t Look Back harkens back to the building’s pool hall days.

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Looking for a place to shoot pool in the River City? Lucky for you, we’ve got a few in our pocket.

Diamond Billiards
A devoted pool hall, Diamond Billiards is packed with tables for casual and series players alike. The Midlothian outfit hosts plenty of tournaments but also has a robust restaurant section with food that they say “one wouldn’t expect to find in a pool hall.”

Don’t Look Back — Triple
A taco restaurant inside the old Triple Billiards hall, Don’t Look Back still bears the sign of its predecessor. Not only does Don’t Look Back offer plenty of pool tables, it hosts events like concerts and trivia.

The Locker Room
This beloved Forest Hill dive bar has pool tables and a cult following around the city. The Locker Room is especially beloved among Richmond smokers, since it still allows patrons to smoke inside.

City Beach
Situated in the middle of the Fan, City Beach is a classic sports bar with darts and pool tables for patrons. It’s is part of a family of sports bars also including The Beach House in Glen Allen and South Beach in Chesterfield.

Your Place
Another classic sports bar with a jukebox, arcade games, and karaoke fridays, Your Place off Midlothian Turnpike has eight pool and billiards tables. Pro tip: Pool is free with lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Fuzzy Cactus
This Brookland Park “rock & roll bar” has more than just food and live music. It also, according to reader Ashley M., offers $1 pool.

Huddle Up Sports Bar
In addition to pool tables, this Ashland bar features live music several nights a week.

Wild Rose Cafe
Located in Chester, Wild Rose has four pool tables. It also features two full bars (for smokers and non-smokers, respectively), darts, and arcade games.

The Lakeside Tavern
Grab a bite and shoot a few games at this Henrico bar. Pro tip: keep an eye open for karaoke and live music on the weekends.

Babes of Carytown
A Carytown classic, Babes has pool tables available for play, plus cornhole and a full beach volleyball court out back.

Reader Hannah Y. says this Philly-style hoagie haven has a pool table available for everyone, Eagles fans and otherwise.

Murphy’s Law
This Chesterfield billiards hall, recently re-opened under the same management as Wild Rose, has league pool nights and serves bar fare.

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