BEST POOL HALL Minneapolis 2000 -
Any seasoned shark will tell you that the game of pool is all about placement. Any weekend hacker will tell you that choosing a place to shoot stick is all about the same. Sure, you could drive to the 'burbs for the scenery. Hustlers are more abundant in some more out-of-the-way establishments, where cherub-faced regulars roll wads of cash into their overpriced cue cases. But City Billiards, conveniently located in the heart of the Warehouse District, has its fair share of colorful characters--and a whole lot more. Players, real or imagined, can always find a worthy adversary at one of the 13 championship-style tables, spread nicely around the high-ceilinged warehouse space (there's even a wall of cue lockers available for rental, if you really want to take things seriously). Those here just for the fun of it, though, will enjoy the urban amenities: a full bar featuring 30 different beers; a kitchen stocked with fresh sandwich fixings and a piping-hot pizza oven; a closet full of board games to help you wait out the more, er, methodical eight-ballers; and a hip waitstaff more interested in keeping your glass full than critiquing your stroke. Every day before 8:00 p.m., table time runs $5 an hour. After 8:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, the price jumps to $8. On Friday and Saturday evenings, when the waiting line is at least an hour long (and often worth it just for the people-watching), tables run $9 an hour.