The gigantic, multihued pool balls painted on the outside walls of Fat Boy make it clear what the joint is all about. A hub of leisure since 1923 (first as a bowling alley), the space was rechristened a pool hall in 1989, and it's been a Northeast mainstay ever since. Step through the front door (an 8 ball) and you'll find an earnest, no-frills vibe. The two-level, wood-paneled emporium houses 14 pool tables, with two billiard tables and a couple of snooker tables to boot—which means you'll rarely have to wait for a table to open. The rates are agreeable: $5.50 an hour for one player, $8.50 for two or more (with an extra 50 cents tacked on during weekends), but all-day hustlers should go the pay-in-advance Daily Special route: $9.50 to play from noon to 6 p.m. Rest assured, novices: The atmosphere is equally accommodating to seasoned pool sharks and to amateurs who are just as happy shooting the shit as shooting pool.

Location Details

1920 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis MN 55418


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