Whether you consider yourself a complete pro or you have no idea which way round to hold the ‘stick’ (formally known as the cue), pool is still fun, regardless of your skill level. Well, with a few drinks in you, no one will care or remember how bad you are or how you attempted to host a jousting competition with said cues. The shame!
There’s nothing like a good ol’ game of pool for a little friendly competition or to wind down after your stressful week at work. And so, we’ve rounded up the best places to chalk your cue and play pool in Auckland!
Newmarket’s very own cheap and cheerful Doolan Brothers makes for the perfect spot to grab a pint and a game of the good stuff at any time of the day or night. With just one pool table up for grabs, punters should not despair about waiting their turn, as this baby is completely free to play! Put your $2 coins away and instead put them toward a round for the crew or a shared platter of grub to help soak up the ale. Have a sing and a dance to the Irish tunes and get ready to tear up the table!
Ponsonby Pool HallPonsonby
If you’re looking to actually get your game face on and play a proper game of spots and stripes, look no further than Ponsonby Pool Hall. Slap bang in the middle of popular Ponsonby Road, head down the steps and into the game-zone. With a number tables to choose from, and a bar boasting more than 30 varieties of beer, your night out has never looked better!
Pool & Blues HallWairau Valley
This place has it all! Whether you’re looking to have a fun and not-too-serious night out with your buds or a head to head battle against a fellow pool pro head along to Wairau Valley’s Pool & Blues Hall. Catering to all audiences and skill-levels, it makes for an evening of top-notch entertainment. If your methods and tricks just aren’t sinking those pesky balls, hit up one of the coaches to get you back on your feet and scoring those wins! With a licensed bar hosting happy hour and tournaments for all to get stuck into, we know where we’ll be bringing the crew this weekend!
Shooters Snooker & PoolManukau
Think you’ve got what it takes to score the win? Put your money where your mouth is and head to Shooters Snooker & Pool to test those claims! With more spaced out and immaculate pool tables than you can shake your cue at, we can play happy knowing that our cue won’t end up somewhere it shouldn’t be! Ahem! If you fancy a break from sinking stripes (or spots!) grab a paddle and get ready to take on the table tennis instead or if darts is more your jam, hit up the board and make like Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor!
Calling all pool enthusiasts! We’ve found your one stop shop for everything worth hitting sticks/cues for! New Lynn branch of Masse has not only got a stellar selection of high-quality pool tables, they also have snooker, table tennis, foosball and an air hockey table to truly get that competitive side kicking in! Add in the fact that they serve up beer, burger and pool combos on the reg and you’ve got yourself a cheap and cheerful night out nailed!
Although the name suggests otherwise, Newmarket Tenpin aren’t just a popular go-to for hitting those strikes and knocking down pins—they also have a wide range of readily available pool tables too! If you’re feeling super-duper flashy, why not make your way around the arcade, winning tickets and teddies as you go, swing some balls down the alley and finish your day or night off with a few games of pool?! Nostalgic and oh so fun!
Fort Street UnionCBD
Featuring one of Auckland’s best rooftop bars and as a one-stop shop for all your drinking, eating and fun-filled needs, Fort Street Union is one of the CBD’s most popular destinations! Not only does this venue make for the perfect after-work drinkies, it takes things up a notch with two pool tables to sink balls and score victories! Fancy your chances at winning a $100 bar tab? Head down every Tuesday to take part in their pool competition and become the popular one out of your friends!