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In the spectrum of pool hall possibilities, Family Billiards is neither a luxury emporium nor a low-down hangout, but it duly provides 18 well-maintained tables in an environment that favors base functionality over fanciness or style. The warehouse-like space gives you what you need (e.g., clean playing surfaces, crisp lighting, cold beer) and, well, that's about it. But the prices are certainly right: the 4-7 p.m. daily happy hour offers all drafts (including Guinness and Stella Artois) for a mere $2.50, and ladies play free with paying partner on Sunday afternoons. For nocturnal gaming, Family stays open until 2 a.m. every night - and all the way until 4 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays - if you think you can handle the crowds of kids kickin' it to Top 40 jams on the digital jukebox.

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