Billiards can be a great way to pass the time and have fun with friends, but getting your own table may not be something that’s right for you. First, they can take up a whole lot of space, and if you live in an apartment, it simply may not be possible.
Buying your own pool table can also limit the time you spend out of your own home and cost a lot of money. That’s why many people go to bars that offer tables for little or no cost for their patrons.
However, if you’re going to play pool in a bar there are some things you need to know. Use these five rules for playing pool in bars to guide you.
You Have to Sign Up
Unless you walk into a bar with a completely empty table, there’s usually a list of people waiting to play. That list is often a chalk board on the wall.
You’ll play the Winner
Once you sign up, find a seat near the table. It may take a few games depending on how busy the bar is, but when it is your turn, you’ll play the person that won the last game.
You Have to Call Your Shot
Unless your shot is obvious — like the cue ball is an inch away from your ball — you need to call it. In most cases, pointing or just saying something like “corner pocket” will do the trick.
There Are Always House Rules
House rules are common, especially in tournaments. If you’re new to a bar, ask your first opponent or the bartender.
Betting is Against the Rules
If you’re playing with a buddy you can have the winner get a free drink, but money changing hands is a good way to get tossed out.
Put your name down and pay attention to who is playing so you don’t miss your turn. They won’t call your name over a PA system.
Since they won, they’ll get to break. Offer to rack and you’ll show you have good table manners.