Big John’s Billards big on inexpensive fun, food

Photo Courtesy of Buckhorn Lanes
Photo Courtesy of Buckhorn Lanes

Rachael Vacanti

I celebrated my birthday with my brother and a group of our friends at Big John’s Billiards recently.
The only light in the front came from the various arcade games. Farther back, there were lamps over the pool tables in the back and some recessed lighting over by the tables and chairs.

While some appetizers are cheap, like a basket of fries for $3.50, some of them are rather pricy, like an order of mozzarella sticks for $6.00. This wouldn’t be so bad if they accepted credit or debit cards. Unfortunately, that only works if you start a tab. Even though food might be a little expensive, if you’re looking for a cheaper option, Sunday nights has half-priced wings.

If you’re looking for a place to shoot some pool for a while, Big John’s Billiards has you covered. If you’re looking to play on a typical eight-feet table, you can get one every day for four dollars per hour until 6 p.m. After that, the rate increases to six dollars.

Personally, my experience wasn’t the best. I spent about four hours at a pool hall mostly observing people shoot pool while waiting for my fries that took at least a half an hour to get to me. Our bartender was nice enough, but not really all that attentive to us and there were five of us at a table that was designed for two people.

If you are a college student who is looking for something different to do, and you have a knack for pool, Big John’s might be a good place to check out. Just make sure you bring cash. It’d be a good place to hang out with friends and have a bit of a more classic time.

Big John’s Billiards is located at 9819 M Street.


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