Surge Coffee Bar & Billiard

This Old Pool Hall Is Now a New Pool Hall

With Naan Pizza and Billiards Racks Full of Shots

By Sarah Freeman ·
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1970: Marie's Golden Cue comes into existence with that oh-so-classy and timeless saying, "We have smooth shafts and clean balls."

2017: Marie's closes. The townspeople weep.

Today: Those well-worn green tables have been replaced with shiny blue ones and a few other notable upgrades have been made that we'll go ahead and tell you about now...

Yes, it's still a pool hall. Yes, it still has that iconic yellow sign. But now that sign reads Surge Coffee Bar & Billiard. It's currently open in Albany Park and here's the slideshow.

The team behind Pressure Billiards kept a few nods to its former life. A communal table is adorned with rails from the old pool tables, as are the banquettes. There's a central bar made from reclaimed wood where, during the day, you'll be ordering shots of espresso and, at night, shots of liquor served in a mini billiards rack.

Past the bar, you'll enter a sea of blue pool tables illuminated by vintage light fixtures. 14 of them, to be exact, which you can have your way with for $13 an hour. But for now, you'll be on a liquid diet of salted cucumber Gimlets and cranberry daiquiris between games of eight ball. 

In a few weeks, you'll be able to snack on chicken wings and naan pizza while watching the NCAA playoffs, conveniently shown on screens surrounding the tables.

And the townspeople rejoiced.

Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.


Surge Coffee Bar & Billiard
3241 W Montrose Ave
(between N Sawyer Ave and N Spaulding Ave)
Chicago, IL, 60618


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