Where to play free pool in Sydney

Get your hustle on at these open tables across Sydney
Man playing pool at Grifter Brewing Co
Photograph: Aristo Risi
By Time Out editors |
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You'll find a pool shark inside every local watering hole in the city, and battles over whether to enforce the pants down penalty can rage fiercely, but if you just want to sink some balls while you sink some beers, give these free pool tables a workout.

Bars

BRKLYN

icon-location-pin Manly
The pool table here is Jack Daniel's-themed and is 100 per cent free, all day, everyday. More coins left over for the mystery jukebox, we say.
Bars, Pubs

The Carlisle Castle Hotel

icon-location-pin Newtown
Like we need more reasons to prop up the bar at this neighbourhood gem... but solid pub food and free pool on Tuesdays are a combination sure to motivate even the most entrenched homebody.
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Bars, Pubs

Cricketers Arms Hotel

icon-location-pin Surry Hills
The fireplace will warm you up as fast as $5 Grifter schooners chill you down from the inside and free pool will keep idle hands busy on Thursdays. If you’re competitive or just like a challenge, enter the Crix Pool competition on the last Thursday of every month.
Bars, Pubs

Darlo Bar

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On Tuesday nights this Darlinghurst institution hosts a free pool competition where the winner walks away with a case of beer, and on Sundays the tables are free, the beers are cheap and DJs keep the vibes at a gentle simmer.
 
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Bars, Pubs

The Golden Barley Hotel

icon-location-pin Marrickville

The Malaysian bistro may have been replaced with more traditional pub food, but the pool tables still won't cost you a cent on Tuesdays. It will cost a dollar per game on Sundays, which should keep you out of trouble until your Sunday roast arrives. 

 
Bars, Breweries

The Grifter Brewing Co

icon-location-pin Marrickville
Grifter Brewery has a pool table in one corner of the brewery warehouse where they also allow local artists to display their work. That means free pool, great beer and up'n'coming art all in one spot. 
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Bars

Kelly's on King

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Keeping things budget-friendly at the start of the week, Kelly's offers free pool on Monday and Tuesdays. Monday they have a pool competition from 7.30pm, with a $5 entry fee that includes a free standard drink. First prize is $70, second prize is $30, and to make the first person out feel less like a loser, a schooner of beer will be given as a consolation prize.

Bars, Pubs

The Rose Hotel

icon-location-pin Chippendale
On Sundays at the Rose they have free pool all day, plus live music and jugs of beer to keep your three-drink sharp-shooting intact. Just try not to stick people in the ribs as they squeeze through to the front bar for a refill.
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Bars, Craft beer

The Union Hotel - Newtown

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At this craft-beer haven on south King Street there's free pool every Tuesday from 6pm until close, and $1 pool every Sunday from 5pm. That's more dollars for booze, which is how we like it.

Or for something a little more edgy...

Things to do

Maniax

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Keen to throw a hatchet at a wooden target? This warehouse set-up in St Peters attracts all sorts of people from hens and bucks parties to office outings.

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