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Shoot stick? If you've ever seen the Swayze arthouse flick Roadhouse or Paul Newman in The Hustler, you know what kind of badassery goes down in the pool hall. However, if your billiard goals are slightly lower than running the table on some poor, unsuspecting schmuck, there are plenty of places to brush up on your know-how without burning a hole in your pocket. Get it?

One favorite for local students is the Greek Life-approved watering hole Bombay Bicycle Club (3406 N. St. Mary's St., 210-737-2411). For aspiring sharks, this college hangout provides ample opportunities to finagle headstrong millennials out of mom and dad's book money.

Right down the street from Bombay is Joey's (2417 N. St. Mary's St., 210-733-9573). The bar/pizza joint/pool hall has an entire room dedicated to billiards and provides plenty of pool tables free of charge. However, you're going to have to withstand the eyesore of a Michelangelo-inspired mural and the unbearable aught rock that dominates the Internet jukebox.

Although the pool hall equivalent of an Olive Garden in the pantheon of Italian cuisine, Fast Eddie's (multiple locations, fasteddiesbilliards.com) is always showing any and every game, UFC premier fights and possesses free pool tables as far as the eye can see. Also, with the growing demand for craft beers, they are capable of satisfying the choosey beer snob that finds themselves among the prole ranks of Bud Light drinkers.

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