BEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL - 2002
Billiard Street Pro Shop
Not only the top spot for stick in the Twin Cities, this impeccably kept, family-friendly establishment is one of the finest billiard parlors in the country; just ask the experts at Billiards Digest and Pool & Billiard magazine, who have both given Billiard Street Café props. Start with the top-of-the-line tables, all 55 of them, brushed and buffed as though they were in your best friend's basement. Then consider the 25,000-square-foot space, paved with cobblestone walkways, lit by antique street lamps, and housing a huge video-game room, 22 31-inch TVs, a natty pro shop (stocked with cool clothes and cues by Viking, McDermott, and Meucci), four high-powered smoke eaters, and a full-service restaurant, offering daily dinner specials and the best seasoned French fries in Fridley. Finally, chalk up one of the arrow-straight house cues and take advantage of the sanctioned in-house leagues, weekly tournaments (for all levels), and reasonably priced pool lessons. You pay just $7 to play from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week, and will spend around $8 an hour (depending on the number of players) from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., 365 days a year. And ladies, you play for free all day every Tuesday, so save your hard-earned cash to put down a little something on the side.