Buffalo Billiards

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Bar, Eatery

116 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19003
United States

(215) 574-7665 | map

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Rated: 3.71 by LehighAce06 from Pennsylvania

Feb 28, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by baconfromwalmart from Pennsylvania

Dec 21, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Nov 28, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by soulcougher from Pennsylvania

Jun 03, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by rfgetz from New Jersey

Mar 24, 2014
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Buffalo billiards is a great stop if you are looking for decent beer AND some pool/darts/shuffleboard.

Atmosphere can be variable, sometimes the music is overly loud for the time of day, other times its not too busy, not too loud and you can get a few games of pool in. Overall, its better than average in Old City.

Quality of the place is again, above average for the city. Best selection of pool tables, clean bathrooms, and an above average selection of beer on draft.

Service is pretty standard, bartenders have been helpful and servers are fairly attentive at the pool tables.

Selection of beer is pretty good, always some great locals on draft, plus some decent other craft brews (sierra nevada).

Food is ok, I do not normally get food when here, but when i have it has been decent (mainly standard pub fair of fries, wings).

Overall, its a pretty good value, beer prices can be a touch high, but there is no cover and it is rarely over crowded. If I have to go to Old City this is where I'd prefer to go, good beer and pool, can't go wrong.
Jul 03, 2010
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Reviewed by BrewAStorm from Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Stopped in after a Saturday Night Wings Lacrosse Game. My first time in there and at 11pm there was no line to get in the door, second no cover. I don't pay covers, I'd rather spend the money on the beer, thats why I'm there in the first place.

If only second to a brew pub, or a real pour house (Monks) pool and great beer is a great combination. I didn't want to wait for a table, for I was too busy checking out the Art Deco meets John Wayne decor. Very comfortable bar seats, and the price per hour (for pool) wasn't very high.

Great selection! Started off with a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale served correctly in a goblet. Price $7.00. My wife ordered a Miller Lite and they only have domestics in bottles YEAH! For a whopping $4.00 she enjoyed a refreshing Miller Lite. I moved on to a Dogfish IPA ($5.00), it was extremely fresh. They must move a lot of beer here. But here's where I have a problem...


I hate drinking a 12oz pint, I feel like I am drinking too fast and being cheated. I understand these establishments need to make money but I'd rather the beer that was spilled to pour my "pint" actually make it into the glass so I can have my extra 4oz (or so).

Here's the tap line up. Blue Moon, Hoegaarden, FlyingFish, Victory (Hop Devil?), Magichat #9, Dogfish IPA, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale, Stella, Yards, Guinness, Bass, and Alagash.

The only bottles I could save in my PDA were Youngs Oatmeal Stout and Lancasters Winter Warmer.

Will I come back.. Maybe with friends if I can't suggest a better spot, the beer selection is good enough to shut me up. I just wish I could drink it all out of a real pint glass.
Feb 19, 2007
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Reviewed by blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3
Buffalo Billiards lives up to its name. Guess what! It's all about the billiards! If you are into pool like me, this is the BEST pool hall in the city. Hands down and 2 blocks away from SugarMom's.

Secret: The best table is table # 3. Solid and flat. Beers are limited to a revolving tap like Sierra Nevada Celebration & Pale Ale, Guinness, Blue Moon, and ho-hum Boddingtons, Yuengling Lahg-air and basic macro. Bottle selection revolves around Stoudt's Black Dog Stout, Vic'ry Golden Monkey and Flying Fish.

Personally, pool and beer is a match made in heaven. Maybe I dig this joint more so than I should, but I am guilty as charged. Did I mention that I like playing pool and drinking beer?

The bathrooms are SPANKING clean! and the pool tables are awesome! Plenty of t.v.s that display sports, and a few tables that offer a spot to sit if you choose not to play pool. There are also a few couches to the left if you just wanna chill.

Last call: Could you take your Mother here? No. It's a pool hall.
*** Word to the wise: You MUST exchange your driver's license for a pool table with the desk attendant to the right.***
Dec 21, 2005
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Reviewed by PSUDREW from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3
Hmmm, this is a pretty good mid-way joint. You can have some BA brews, and some macro badness, so, it is the best of both worlds.
Overall, the place has some decent brews (HopDevil, Alagash, SNPA, and others), pretty good appatizers (after you're done w/ places like Brownie's) and at least decent service (not the best, but there have been worse).
Overall, a nice place to wind the night down,. Room for games, variety for all, and food to fill a hungry tummy. Don't start the night here, oteher wise dissapointment will follow. but a finsht to th night would worhk rather well. like a parady of the the Sama Adams commercial, always a good choice, never a great one.
Jan 15, 2005
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Reviewed by WilliamPhilaPa from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
A very open bar with 5 pool tables on the bottom floor. Nice TV’s all over the place. The bar top is very cool, it is a clear plastic/glass with all kinds of coins and memorabilia inside it. There are three sets of ten taps, each set includes, Anchor Steam, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Stella Artois, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Allagash White, Guinness, Yards ESA, Harp, Yeuingling Traditional, and Bass. The bathroom is spotless.
My bro-in-law and I both watched the first quarter of the Eagles/Giants game here before heading to the Kyber to meet all the other BA's...nice place to watch a football game...
Dec 29, 2002
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
You don't have to play pool to enjoy Buffalo Billiard's - it's a very cool place to just hang out, watch people, and have some beers. If you do want to play pool there are 5 tables on the main floor, and 4 more upstairs. There's also a bar up there, as well as a comfortable sofa area overlooking the street. The decor is retro western/Route 66 with motel signs and memorabilia. There's another comfortable sofa area in the street window with a "log cabin" feel. There are big screen TVs for watching the game and the bar food is reasonably priced. The beer selection is good with quite a few taps and some nice bottles. Some highlights include Allagash White, Anchor Steam, Yards E.S.A. and Hoegaarden. I assume there will be some rotating taps going on as well - they're selling alot of beer! Which brings us to an important point... the bathrooms are spacious (and clean) so there's never a line.
Oct 23, 2002
Buffalo Billiards in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 11 ratings