Hawley's Billiards walks a fine line between typical pool hall and cozy neighborhood bar, so expect to see a good mix of serious players and novices cracking balls on the tables or sipping drinks at the bar. Before Hawley's opened there in 1993, its spot in a '70s-era shopping center was home to a handful of pool parlors. Today, Hawley's offers popular arcade games, foosball and darts in addition to the eight 8-foot and four 9-foot billiards tables. Now that Dallas has gone smoke-free, the smokers crowd around the heater on the patio area out front. Hawley's offers daily specials such as free pool on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Thursdays the bar offers "Jack, Jim or Jose" for $2.
Here's the only bad thing about Hawley's: It's a neighborhood bar as much as it is a pool hall, and everybody who plays there pretty much knows each other. In fact, the manager estimates that night in and night out, he knows 90 percent of the clientele. But even if you are a stranger, they'll welcome you with open arms, so long as you know how to play pool. This place is everything you'd imagine a pool hall should be: plenty of tables, good music, cheap beer and smoky as hell. This is a... More »