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Smith's Billiards

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: 140
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

207 Worthington St
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01103
United States
phone: (413) 734-9616

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(Place added by: Debaser42 on 01-05-2008)
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4.4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Lunic16
4.86/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Smith's is the perfect mix of classic pool hall and outstanding beer selection. If you have a chance to stop by, it's highly recommended from the beer side, and has the vibe of an old-school pool-shootin', echoing hall. Beer-wise, expect a rotating, well-diversified, high gravity draft list with a thorough bottle selection. Very pleased to say the least. Tried several while there and must say Founser's puts out an IPA that's pinier, and stronger than just about any I think I've ever had. Cheers to Smith's for keeping their drafts up to date and diversified.

Photo of captainacton
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great atmosphere. Several pool tables, a shuffleboard table and quite a few tvs. Went there on a Saturday night and was able to get a table painlessly. Non-pretentious crowd and the beer selection was nice. I think there were 10 beers on draft with some local stuff. Sadly, they do not have a bottle list but the fridge has a glass front and you can look. Bartenders were friendly and efficient.

Located right above Theodore's which is a BBQ place that has a slightly different draft selection. You can order food from downstairs and they'll bring it up. Also, if you eat at Theodore's, your pool time is comped.

Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Smith's is a unique beer bar and the best craft bar in the Springfield area (immediate area). It attracts people of all different crowds but is always a pleasant experience. The atmosphere is cool because it is a billiards hall, a very large room with wooden floors and a lot of pool tables/darts. The bar is big and there is also a lot of tables to sit at. Quality is good, fresh beer on tap and sufficient glassware. Service is quick, order and get the beer right away. One of the bartenders (Jim), is very knowledgeable about craft beer and usually will have a nice conversation about beer if he isn't really busy. Selection is always solid craft brews on-tap (12?) and a nice cooler full of fresh bottles. I haven't had the food but Theodores is known to have some great BBQ from what I hear. Very reasonable prices for both bottle and drafts.

Photo of polishkaz
4.5/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This is the only legitimate beer bar in Springfield. Great atmosphere, great BBQ from the kitchen of Theodore's downstairs and a really nice beer selection. Pool tables and shuffleboard to keep you entertained. I recently attended an Allagash Tap Takeover at Smiths, they were pouring 12 different Allagash's beer, including some that are somewhat rare and all for the very fair price of $6 for a 10 oz. glass. They also had some free food out and overall it was a great time. My friends and I will definitely be back in the near future.

Photo of orvalrugger45
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Smith's Billiards is definitely a hidden gem for beer in the state of Massachusetts. Unlike any other craft beer bars in western MA especially. The atmosphere is everything I personally look for in a bar. 15-20 seats at a bar that hosts about 10 taps running around the clock. Bottle cooler at far left of the bar that hosts some high quality beers as often as possible. Unbelievably open area between the billiard tables, darts in the back, table-top shuffle board at the far right, and even a golden tee machine if you are so inclined.

The manager of Smith's, name being Jim, has a wealth of beer knowledge and is willing to chat with anyone when it comes to beer, sports, or local culture. You'll always see Jim running around doing any job to keep this place to the best standard one can do by himself. *The reason I rated the service low was because when there isnt some one running this place that has the passion like a manager like Jim, one can definitely tell when he is not there.

The food is some good barbecue grub! I recommend any of the barbecue and sandwiches. Dont be afraid to ask for a recommendation for a beer to pair either.

In summary, this "spot" always has music playing, sports on t.v., and good food. The staff are friendly even if they are not beer nuts and the food is real good New England barbecue (NE bbq is meant for a note of humor).

The tap list is changing sometimes on a daily basis because the manager Jim is always trying to provide great beer at its freshest. Two Thumbs Up!

Photo of ahalloin
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I was recently in Springfield on business for a couple of days so naturally I checked this place out the first night. It is a large dark open room with high ceilings located upstairs from the street. 10-12 billiard tables adequately spaced throughout with some high tables, darts, and fuseball interspersed. The bar runs along the street side with a cold box for bottles at one end. I went on Wednesday and then again on Friday. Wednesday was not busy at all (many open pool tables and a few open bar stools). Friday was busy, but not crowded (all pool tables were spoken for but you could walk around without problem). The vibe is quite good too since this is obviously the beer geek spot in Springfield.

The service was friendly and knowledgeable for sure. The guys behind the bar know what they are pouring. Both nights I ended up speaking with the bar manager, whose name now escapes me, for a while. He showed us a Founders KBS sixtel that had to wait to be opened for a promotional event. We begged, we pleaded to have it put on for a couple small pours. Instead he pulled out a bottle of last years KBS for us. A nice compromise.

The beers on tap were nothing short of great: Mongo IPA, Founders RIS, Ballast Point Sea Monster Stout, Victory at Sea, Pretty Things Jac D'Or, Allagash White, and maybe 10 others. The bottle selection was quite good as well. Allagash, DFH, Brooklyn, Port Brewing, some Founders, Stone, and various other things.

If memory serves correctly I had the food at the downstairs BBQ place which I think also provides the food for Smith's. The BBQ I had was good, but I am pretty particular about my BBQ. Basically the food is what you would expect at good bar.

My one problem that I had was that I ordered a couple of 22oz. Port Brewing bottles of Hop-15 and Wipeout while there (I was sharing :). I was there March 16 and 18. The Hop-15 bottle I had was filled Dec. 15. Three months old is a bit old for a DIPA in my opinion. The beer was pretty good, but lacked a serious hop aroma. Of the two bottles of Wipeout I had, both lacking "bottled on" dates, one was spectacular, the other not great.

Other than that, I highly recommend this place if you are ever in Springfield!

Photo of egy
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is, well, a Saviour for beer lovers in Springfield.

I moved to downtown Springfield about 2 months ago for work. When i first arrived I was hard-pressed to find decent beer anywhere. Sure, you have The Dirty Truth in Northampton and the Moan N Dove in Amherst, but they're both a drive from Springfield (Certainly both worth the trip). Smith's though, is right downtown (above Theodore's, which if you are in the area you will hear far more about than Smith's) and super easy to get to. Though it sits downtown in the mist of all the big bars and greatly disappointing Springfield culture, the crowd is not what you'd expect, thankfully!

The place is a pool hall with a great beer bar! There must be 20 pool tables, a shuffle board, a dart board and a juke-box. You get a free hour of pool if you eat at Theodore's, or you can order food at Smith's from Theodore's as well, they share a kitchen or something. But to what's important, the beer. Don't be fooled by the website, their actual inventory is much better than what's on the website. They have a few taps, maybe 8, but at least 6 are constantly rotating with tasty brews. For example, last week I had a Stone Self Righteous and an Ommegang Zuur, both on tap, and I was inform a keg of Sculpin IPA was getting tapped next, followed by Old Rasputin on Nitro...

The prices, being that it is located in Springfield and thus as one would expect, are good.

The atmosphere is pretty chill, mainly young professionals, but there was certainly a mix. A respectable crowd for the most part.

I've only had a very small sample of the food but it was rather tasty.

The service is exceptional. Jim is the bar manager and is a great guy. They are super friendly and, at least Jim, knows a great deal about beer, and what he has - Jim is the man you want to talk to.

Also they do a Beer Club, but you got to ask about it. You won't be disappointed!

Go, check it, you'll like.

Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Smith's gets overlooked in Western Mass, but this is easily the best (only?) bar in Springfield for craft beer. There are lots of pool tables, and you can get a free hour of pool if you bring up a receipt from Theodore's (bar/restaurant right downstairs). Friday and Saturdays it will be packed with people who aren't exactly interested in the beer, if you know what I mean. The service is kind of a toss-up but it has improved over time. If you order a bottle you probably have to ask for a glass, attitude here and there, etc. They have 9 or 10 taps, and a bottle list that is probably around 100. Nothing really too exceptional they have good stuff. Last summer they had Founders Breakfast Stout on-tap, pints for $6. Good times. A few other beers I've had on-tap there are Racer 5, Hop Rod Rye, 60-Minute, Stone 13th Anniversary, Founders Dirty Bastard. They don't have food but you can order food from Theodore's and have it brought up. If you're in the area and don't feel like making a trip out to Northampton or Amherst, try this place. Definitely better than the other bars on Worthington Street, and pool tables+craft beer=win.

Photo of richgo6
4.5/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

We have lived withing a 15 minute drive of Smith's for five years and never tried it - bypassing it for Moan and Dove and Dirty Truth - an addtional 30 minute drive. A couple friends convinced us to go and had a great time. They had about 8 beers on tap, including an offering from Pretty things (a local brew), Bear Republic, and Founders Breakfast Stout (great call holding on to some of this). The bottle list was quite extensive with what looked like at least 100 bottles. Jim at the bar was very attentive. We will definitely come back.

Everyone in the area should check this place out and support them. This is truly a hidden gem in Springfield.

Photo of sentomaster
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

If you are looking for great beer in Springfield MA then look no further. Besides the fact that this is the only place to find great craft beer in the area, it is a great establishment on it's merit. It has undergone many changes in the past few years, both to the decor and the taplist, in order to become a very worthy beer bar. The atmosphere is great with lots of pool tables and a couple of very nice tornado foosball tables. There's also a dartboard and shuffleboard. They have fourteen taps about 8 of which are dedicated to craft beers (DFH, Founders, Bear Republic, Rogue, Southern Tier, etc.), the other 3 or 4 are the usual bud light, sam adams, etc.

Update 1-2011: The manager Jimmy has done a fantastic job with this place. You will no longer find any of the usual BMC, as it has been completely removed from the tap list, and in it's place are even more fantastic craft beers from all over the world. Brews you would only expect to find in a hole in the whole beer bar are available with all the trappings of a full sports bar. Rarities like KBS, Peche Mortel, Pliny the Elder, Fantome, etc. are often on tap.

Photo of MCG
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Smith's is hands-down the best establishment in Springfield to find a great beer. The place is a 2nd floor location right above Theodore's, so don't give up if you don't spot it right away. I've been visiting for a few years now and have witnessed some wonderful changes in the decor and excellent additions to the beer selection.

Upon my last visit the tap list was great and allowed me to enjoy pours of Founders Breakfast Stout, Hop Rod Rye, and Troegenator Double Bock. The bottle list included selections from Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Victory, Stone, North Coast, and others. The bottle selection is over 100 strong, so finding a favorite isn't difficult.

Photo of rmessick
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We've been meaning to go to Smith's Billiards for a while, as we have heard that the beer selection is pretty good. My wife and I also play pool a couple of times a week, so when our latest pool joint closed it doors we decided to visit Smith's. It's located on the second floor above Theodores' in Springfield - we've been lucky and have found parking on the street, but there is an open air lot at the end of the block and a parking garage across the street (not sure where the entrance for that is, though).

They have been renovating the place and it really looks great - it still has that old pool hall vibe, but the newly refinished wood floors look great! Very nice architectural features abound! There are about 7 late '60s Brunswick tables in great condition, a video game or two, a foosball table, and a shuffle bowling table (with electronic scoring, I think!). Pricing for pool is pretty reasonable compared to other plays we have been to.

The beer selection is quite nice - when we were there, the following was on tap: Guiness, Smithwicks, Racer 5 (soon to be Hop Rod Rye), Steel Rail, DFH 60 Minute, Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, Sam's Winter, and Rogue Hazelnut Nectar. They have over 100 bottles or so - there's a nice beer menu that is updated weekly (I think). Some of the goodies on there include Avery Ellie's Brown, Brooklyn Brown, DFH Indian Brown, Stone IPA, DFH 90 Minute, Port Wipeout, Southern Tier IPA, Stone Porter, Victory Prima Pils, Stone 12, Stone RIS, Old Rasputin, Left Hand Milk Stout, Dale's Pale, McEwans, Boddingtons, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Brooklyn Local One - the list goes on . . .

Prices were pretty good - generally in the $4 - 5 range for a pint, but you'll pay more for higher gravity or premium brews - all in all, pretty competitive, I think.

Service was outstanding - the guy tending bar one night, Brian, was great, and Jim, the bar manager (? I think that's what title might be), came right over and was very friendly and cordial - he really knows his beer, and is looking to have a nice rotating selection on - Allagash is coming in the warmer months!

All in all, I feel like we have found a new home. Most the places we shoot pool at have mediocre (at best) beer selections - it's really nice to find something so close to home that has nice tables and even better beer. 2009 is working out nicely so far! Check it out if you are in the area . . . if it's a Friday or Saturday, you may want to call ahead to see if any private functions are going on - they usually open at 9 or 10 if that's the case. Easy enough to hang out at Theodore's downstairs and have a few brews and good BBQ while you wait, too.

Photo of jt0818
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great find in downtown springfield! Recent renovations have made this a legit ber bar. Currently on tap averys Founders breakfets stout, dogfish 60 min, racer 5 ipa,Rouge hazelnut nectar,Hop Devil, Troegs troegenator and harpoon 100 barrel seris. Definetly goin back with that lineup on tap. The bottle selection is very impressive as well. The list of breweries represented include stone(vertical epic, arrogant bastard, imperial stout, 12th anniv, ipa) rouge, weyerbacher, dfh, port brewing, victory, allagash,Great Divide,Ballast Point and many more. Definetly goin back its a great alternative to driving a half hour to noho.

Photo of sloppysocks
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is quickly becoming a very respectable beer bar in the western mass area(which is saying a lot with places like The Dirty Truth, Sierra Grille, Moan and Dove and The Munich Haus around).

Visited on a Monday for the $.25 chicken wings, pool and tasty beer selection. I washed a variety wings(bourbon, blackened, buffalo and Jamaican) down with a Sierra Nevada Celebration, a couple of Boulder Never Summers(which I was told was coming off of one of the four kegs of this stuff sent to MA) and an Allagash White.

This place delivers every time I visit, they have a real nice variety of beers on tap with DFH 60, Allagash Wht, and Stone Pale on a consistent basis along with goodies along the lines of Racer 5 and Hop Rod and Avery products.

The bottle selection is vast with 100+ bottles from coast(pizza port, stone, sierra) to coast(DFH, allagash, ommegang) and beyond(nice variety of Belgians and Germans amongst other things).

Great spot, they share a menu with Theodore's door stairs but the beer selection is highly lacking compared to what you get in this classic pool hall.

Photo of Debaser42
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Smith's is fantastic. Period. No need for some fancy beer snob bar to find a fantastic selection and knowledgeable staff. They don't have food themselves but being located above Theodore's they get their food brought up to you at no extra charge. Fantastic BBQ!

With DFH 60 on tap as well as Allagash White and Avery's Brown in addition to 100+ beers in bottles they are quite a find (considering they don't advertise their wares). If you aren't looking for it, you'll miss it easily as there's barely even a sign.

Photo of sebajoe1
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Smith's is the oldest continually occupied pool hall in the entire country but the bar has a lot more to offer than just pool. The beer selection includes a few taps of good micro brews such as DFH 60min, Ellie's Brown, & Stone Pale. They always offer a perfectly poured ice cold Guinness . The bottle selection is excellent offering about 75-100 rotating premium selections including favorites such as DFH, Stone, Boulder, Pizza Port, and a good selection of imports. The food is also very good. The menu specializes in BBQ but the bar food is superior and they also serve good Cajun food. The staff is very attentive and willing to answer questions. In a city that caters to a college crowd interested cheap beer, Smith's is a tremendous find.

Smith's Billiards in Springfield, MA
99 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.