Pool/Billiard Halls in San Diego
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Best Pool & Billiard Halls in San Diego, California

Where to play pool/billiards in San Diego?

If you’re into pool and are new to or visiting San Diego, this guide is for you. Compiled by William, a dedicated pool player and BCA League member, this list highlights the best spots to play, based on his extensive experience in the San Diego pool scene over the past decade.

In this guide, you’ll come across acronyms like BCA and APA, representing the world’s leading pool leagues. However, even if you’re not a league player, there’s no need to worry. Every pool enthusiast is welcome at the listed venues, so feel free to join in and enjoy the game at these top-rated halls.

1. On Cue Billiards

On Cue Billiards, 8308 Parkway Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942 | Phone: (619) 463-8759

OnCue stands as a central hub for many BCA and APA league players. The venue is well-equipped with numerous Brunswick 9-foot pool tables, a snooker table, three Diamond 7-foot tables (also known as bar boxes), and a seldom-used 3-ball cushion table, typically utilized as a holding area for players’ essential gear. Additionally, OnCue is a favorite among the city’s top Filipino players, who favor the 9-foot tables equipped with Thai Pockets for their notably tight pockets , adding an extra layer of challenge to the game.

The venue is a regular host for APA and BCA leagues and organizes compelling tournaments. As of 2024, the Friday night 9-ball tournaments are a mainstay, often running into the late hours. Wednesday evenings see a surge in attendance with the BCA 10-ball tournaments.

Eligible participants can take advantage of military, senior and league discounts, as well as monthly memberships. On a personal note, OnCue remains my top choice.

2. O Billiards Cafe

O Billiard Cafe, 4887 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 921112 |  Phone: (858) 268-0688

O Billiards Cafe, formerly known as O Zone Billiard Cafe, underwent a name change nearly a decade ago. If a local mentions “Ozone” as a top spot and you can’t find it online, now you know.

Like OnCue, O Billiards Cafe hosts APA and BCA league games. Every Monday from 6 PM, the venue buzzes with a league night, a tradition that has spanned over 30 years. Players of all ages gather here, though securing one of the four Diamond 7-foot tables on a Monday might prove difficult. On days without league games, your chances are significantly better.

For fans of of 7-foot tables, O Billiards Cafe offers high-end options comparable to those at OnCue. The venue also has a good selection of 9-foot tables. Many prefer O Billiards for its location in Kearny Mesa, a district celebrated as the hub of Asian Culture in San Diego with lots of Asian restaurants and treats.

O Billiards also offers a monthly memberships.

3. College Billiards

College Billiards, 5303 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 |  Phone: (619) 582-4550

Established in the 60s, College Billiards is one of the oldest pool halls in the city. It’s located in the College area, which might not be everyone’s favorite part of town, but that doesn’t stop dedicated pool players from visiting .

College Billiards is also known for its array of 3-cushion tables, each equipped with a screen that allows players to replay their shots. Recently, College has upgraded many of its pool tables with modern square LED perimeter lights,  These updates make College an even more appealing.

Like OnCue and O Billiards, College Billiards regularly hosts league games for APA and BCA players. What makes it special, though, is the Mexican restaurant inside the pool hall. This separately managed restaurant draws people not just for the games but also for its great food, enhancing the vibe of the place, especially in the evenings. 

4. Pockets Billiards & Brew

Pockets Billiards & Brew, 5610 Kearny Mesa Rd suite e, San Diego, CA 92111 |  Phone: (858) 876-5452

Owned and operated by a former professional female pool player, Pockets lives up to its name by combining a vibrant bar atmosphere with an good selection of pool tables. The venue is known for its array of 7-foot tables, making it a favorite for those who prefer these to the larger 9-foot options.

While Pockets may not feature high-end brands like Diamond or Predator, and the felts might be a bit slower, it still is a popular spot for many local players. It’s especially popular for casual play and relaxed evenings out with friends, not just for competitive league nights.

Pockets also offers a delightful menu that includes unique items like gluten-free broccoli pizza, alongside a wide selection of beers. Whenever I hear someone’s heading to Pockets for a game, it’s an invitation I don’t want to miss.

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