House of Billiards is a sexy 18 and over pool hall, located at 14662 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. Years back, the pool hall went through a short period where it was 21 and over, but I guess that idea was not too successful, so they reverted back to 18 and over. They have 20 pool tables, and just about all 20 were taken the entire time we were there from 11 p.m. to about 1 a.m., on a Saturday night. In addition to the billiards, they have some pinball machines (which rarely see any love), and old school table-top arcade games near the bar area. Part of the bar area is a bevy of TVs, that are always playing sports highlights and games. There is also a smoking patio at the front of their building, which has a large sliding door that peeks into the pool hall.
You will be hard-pressed to find a pool hall that is crawling with as much hot puss as House of Billiards. Beyond the hot bartenders, just about every girl that was in there was definitely bangable. At one point, I noticed just saying aloud, "Man, this place is crawling with titties." On top of the sheer volume of delectable visual treats, was how diversified the selection was. There were some rocker chicks, hip hop chicks, Hollywood chicks, Valley chicks and everything in between. I suppose you can chalk that up to an ancillary benefit of it being 18 and over, in that it is probably one of the cooler spots someone not of bar age could visit.
A great aspect of the pool hall is the quality of the music. Most often the music is controlled by the customers, but when there is a lull in music being chosen, the staff will play some choice jams. In retrospect, they probably have the most modern music selection of any place I have been to, that is crowd-controlled. I am also a big fan of the volume they set it at - not too loud, but not too quiet where it is just elevator music.
An important thing to keep in mind is that House of Billiards is cash only. Fret not, credit card toting aristocrats, as they have an ATM inside, and there is a 24-hour ATM at the Bank of America across the street. While you can't buy hard alcohol at House of Billiards, they have a really good selection of draft beer. We were getting pitchers of Hefewizen for $13.50, which is not a bad price for a place on Ventura Blvd. They do not serve any food, but just about every time I have been there, someone has ordered a pizza and had it delivered to the pool hall. On rare occasions, the staff will order pizzas, and sell individual slices to anyone that wants to add some grease to their chalk-coated hands (the chalk being for the pool cues, not some weird chalk fetish shit, of course).
The lovely Barbara was our waitress/bartender, and she was an absolute doll. Aside from the fact that she is very cute, she was on top of our beer orders, and apologized for the one time she took a bit longer to get to us. When my buddy Josh paid for our second pitcher, I spoke with Barbara for a moment, and I think she liked the fact that I was recording. Kinky! (If Barbara stumbles upon this, please excuse my friend Josh - he was heavily beaten as a child).
One of the cool things the pool hall does during football season is $5 Sunday football. You give them your hard-earned five buck, and get to pick any table to play at on a first come, first served basis. Additionally, if there is a TV by your table, you get first dibs on what game is being played on said TV, even though they carry all the games on the main TVs in the bar area. Barbara said that many people get there early on Sundays, and don't leave until the last game is over, which means a solid 10-hour shift from 10 in the morning, until 8 at night. God bless Sunday football.
House of Billiards is a fun pool hall, that plays good music, has a young & fun staff, and caters to a young, attractive crowd. Pool pricing goes slightly up on the weekend, but don't expect to pay more than $15-$20 for a couple hours of pool. Definitely a cool spot to check out, and can make for a good time out with friends. Also not a terrible idea for a first or second date, which won't be too pricey, and will give you some entertainment to fill in the void of any uncomfortable silences. Plus, if your date sucks, there are plenty other dames to sink your hooks in.