Pool Halls in Bangkok

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  • 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.

    Hustlers Bangkok

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    Times Square Building, 246 Sukhumvit Road, between Soi 12-14

    Bangkok's Classiest Pool Hall... read more

    The Ball in Hand

    Rajah Hotel 18, Sukhumvit Soi 4

    Bangkok's Original Pool Hall... read more

    Players Pool Hall

    Sukhumvit Road between Soi 12 and 14

    Serious Pool and Excellent Service... read more

    The Sportsman Pool Bar

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    496/1 Sukhumvit Road, Kwang Klongtan, Ket Klongtoey

    Big Sports Bar and Pool Hall... read more

    expert pick

    Sports Academy Pool Lounge and Sports Bar

    Ruamchitt Plaza, 199 Sukhumvit Road
    Ruamchitt Hotel, 2nd Floor

    Premier Pool & Sports Lounge... read more
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