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Tampa’s Best Pool Bars

September 12, 2011 2:57 PM

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The Rack offers billiards and darts, and is well-known for it's fresh and affordable sushi. (Credit: hittherack.com)

The Rack offers billiards and darts, and is well-known for it’s fresh and affordable sushi. (Credit: hittherack.com)

Whether you’re looking for a dive-type atmosphere or something a bit higher-end, Tampa has a wide variety of bars with pool tables to choose from. When it  your favorite bar game, The Rack, Reservoir Bar, Tiny Tap Tavern, James Joyce Irish Pub and Bar Louie all have something unique to offer.

therack Tampas Best Pool Bars

The Rack offers billiards and darts, and is well-known for it's fresh and affordable sushi. (Credit: hittherack.com)

The Rack

1809 W Platt Street
Tampa, Fla. 33606
(813) 250-1595
www.hittherack.com

The Rack offers billiards and darts, and is well-known for it’s fresh and affordable sushi. This is not to say The Rack doesn’t offer standard bar fare, but the unlimited $20 sushi, wine and beer combo is what draws the crowds. The pool tables are in impeccable shape, and the layout is open and spacious, without the cramped quarters of most dive bars with pool tables.

reservoirbar Tampas Best Pool Bars

Reservoir smokey, small and grubby, but it has a laid-back atmosphere that may make it your favorite dive with a pool table. (Credit: resbar.com)

Reservoir Bar

1518 E 7th Avenue
Tampa, Fla. 33605
(813) 248-1442
www.resbar.com

Reservoir is everything the Rack isn’t – smokey, small and grubby – but with the bonus of the cheap drinks and more than 50 types of beer served in mason jars. If you’re looking for a laid-back and affordable game of pool, Reservoir Bar may be your place.

Tiny Tap Tavern

2105 W Morrison Avenue
Tampa, Fla. 33606
(813) 258-5212

Crowded, lively and friendly, the Tiny Tap Tavern is a favorite watering hole for many a Tampa local. Tiny Tap offers $7.25 Budweiser pitchers and $.25 games of pool. The Tap has two pool tables and a jukebox.

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James Joyce is the place to go for a whiskey or bourbon and a game of pool. (Credit: jjirishpub.com)

James Joyce Irish Pub

1704 E 7th Avenue
Tampa, Fla. 33605
(813) 247-1896
www.jjirishpub.com

If you’re in the mood for a whiskey, bourbon or Guinness along with your game of pool, James Joyce is your place. This is an Irish bar, a dive bar and a pool bar rolled into one. Just beware of the stairs – a steep flight awaits you on the way up and down, so keep this in mind while you imbibe.

Bar Louie

2223 W Shore Blvd N
Tampa, Fla. 33607
(813) 874-1919

Located in the International Plaza’s Bay Street outdoor restaurant corridor, Bar Louie is a skinny storefront wedged in between the Cheesecake Factory and Blue Martini. It makes our list of best pool bars thanks to the 44 beers on tap and the $3 happy hour special on all of them.

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