Buffalo Billiards certainly uses the word buffalo correctly in that this place is a lot larger than the other billiards places in DC. I’ve been here a handful of times and have never really been disappointed by it, but that’s probably due to my love of billiards and my inability to really hate anywhere offering a good game. The actual aesthetic of this bar is different from many DC establishments. It’s actually part of a chain (I’ve been to the one in Philly too and it was similar, except it felt slightly less commercial there). Instead of the cozy feeling of other DC pool places, this does feel a lot less like a dive bar in a basement and not just due to the large size. To enter the bar, like other DC billiards establishments, you must go down a set of stairs. This leads you to a large basement billiards/sports bar with lots of open and dark space. The large size does offer 18 pool tables, 7 dart boards, 9 shuffleboard tables, skeeball, private party rooms, a patio for outside seating.
Admittedly, it is expensive to play pool here ($16 an hour for 2 people during ‘prime time’), but that’s almost every place in DC (side note the cheapest place I’ve found to play pool is in Crystal City – Crystal City Sports Pub offers pool for $1 per game). Buffalo Billiards charges by the number of people playing and time. Food is decent (typical bar food) and I would definitely recommend the happy hour specials on food ($1 slider night after 7pm) as well as the rail drinks (only $3.50 during happy hour in Dupont?! Yes, it’s shocking). Don’t worry there are three bars for you to get drinks from so you will not be left thirsty.
The first time I went here was on a date and we went with the sliders – a steal at $6 for 6. Another time, I went with friends and ordered cheese fries ($10) that we weren’t able to finish due to the large portion – money well spent. Overall, I’d recommend Buffalo Billiards for smaller or larger groups of people and definitely for dates.
– 18 Pool Tables
– 9 Shuffleboard Tables
– Private Party Rooms
– 3 Bars
– Good Happy Hour Deals