Pool or billiards or even snooker, you're likely not to associate the games with Bangkok. But nothing could be further from the truth. Snooker has been around a while, popular with some expats from years ago, but it's only been since the late 1990's that pool has really taken hold in Thailand. Bona fide pool halls -- not just the random pool table for foreign clientele -- have blossomed in the Big Mango and the locals have taken to it. The pool scene has caught the attention of the international circuit and some competitions have been hosted in Bangkok. A recent book, Bangkok Pool Blues
, gives a riveting account of the subculture.
Of course travelers can always find a bar with a table for a few casual games, but this roundup is for someone with keener interests. Pool halls rent tables by the hour or you can find yourself in some "loser pays" per game situations. Be cautious of betting with locals: some are good, others don't like to lose. Here you have the Best Pool Halls in Bangkok, places where the game -- not the ladies or the booze -- is the focus.
Times Square Building, 246 Sukhumvit Road, between Soi 12-14
Rajah Hotel 18, Sukhumvit Soi 4
Sukhumvit Road between Soi 12 and 14
Serious Pool and Excellent Service... read more
496/1 Sukhumvit Road, Kwang Klongtan, Ket Klongtoey
Ruamchitt Plaza, 199 Sukhumvit Road
Ruamchitt Hotel, 2nd Floor