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Rhea
09-30-2017, 07:19 AM
Any good pool rooms to visit in Tampa or places to visit or recommended places to eat? I'm going to Tampa in November with my girlfriend for a tournament but I plan to fly in a day early and leave a day late.

xianmacx
09-30-2017, 07:22 AM
Any good pool rooms to visit in Tampa or places to visit or recommended places to eat? I'm going to Tampa in November with my girlfriend for a tournament but I plan to fly in a day early and leave a day late.

Tiny 3 table room in St Pete. Called Flamingos. Tons of action history. 1 GC and 2 bar tables. Like a time warp, old and worn. Perfect...

garczar
09-30-2017, 07:47 AM
Capone's in Spring Hill. Just north of Tampa. http://cometocapones.com/

cookie man
09-30-2017, 08:07 AM
Any good pool rooms to visit in Tampa or places to visit or recommended places to eat? I'm going to Tampa in November with my girlfriend for a tournament but I plan to fly in a day early and leave a day late.

You will be at the best pool room, Strokers. Get the Freddie shrimp, it's the best. Sponge docks in Tarpon springs has good Greek food and little shops. Clearwater beach is close. Honeymoon island state park is beautiful.

Rhea
09-30-2017, 12:39 PM
You will be at the best pool room, Strokers. Get the Freddie shrimp, it's the best. Sponge docks in Tarpon springs has good Greek food and little shops. Clearwater beach is close. Honeymoon island state park is beautiful.

Thank you very much

poolguy4u
09-30-2017, 12:53 PM
Tiny 3 table room in St Pete. Called Flamingos. Tons of action history. 1 GC and 2 bar tables. Like a time warp, old and worn. Perfect...

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Wow...that brings back memories.

I was there in 1977 and watched a guy do trick shots.
That was the first I saw the "blind man spot shot."

I won a tournament there the same day. Great times!


Lived in Tampa in 1977. Learned how to play one handed from a guy named Brett.
That was at the 420 Bar on McDill. So many bars with pool tables in Tampa!

For good pizza I used to go to Godmother's or might of been Godfather's...LOL.
So long ago I just know it was about the best pizza I've ever had. I believe that was in Noth Tampa.

For poolrooms it was Varsity and Baker's. I miss my old life.....




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BmoreMoney
09-30-2017, 02:11 PM
[QUOTE=poolguy4u;5982265]:eek:


Wow...that brings back memories.

I was there in 1977 and watched a guy do trick shots.
That was the first I saw the "blind man spot shot."

I won a tournament there the same day. Great times!


I remember CJ said he played Cigar Tom at Flamingos down in FL back in the day.

jimmyco
10-01-2017, 12:26 PM
A couple non-billiards related:

Hard Rock Seminole Casino in Tampa on Native land.

Ybor City (pronounced EE bore) for night life club scene.

Scott Lee
10-01-2017, 02:30 PM
I guess if you consider an HOUR ride to be "just north of Tampa" Capones is a nice room. Much closer is Strokers in Palm Harbor and Crooked Cue in Clearwater! Both are right on Hwy 19N. Like Dave said, the food is great at Strokers. Also, one place not to miss is the Crabby Bill's seafood restaurant in Indian Rocks (go to the end of Ulmerton at the beach, turn left)...fantastic seafood at reasonable prices.

Scott Lee
http://poolknowledge.com

Capone's in Spring Hill. Just north of Tampa. http://cometocapones.com/

Z-Nole
10-01-2017, 03:17 PM
Any one of the Frenchy"s on Clearwater beach gives Crabby Bills the break and the last four.

Scott Lee
10-01-2017, 03:30 PM
I disagree...Frenchy's, any of them, are far more expensive than Crabby Bills. Good food, but no better than Crabby Bills.

Scott Lee
http://poolknowledge.com

Any one of the Frenchy"s on Clearwater beach gives Crabby Bills the break and the last four.

Z-Nole
10-01-2017, 04:09 PM
Down that way Keegan's before they sold out was better than both of them.

cookie man
10-01-2017, 05:05 PM
Down that way Keegan's before they sold out was better than both of them.

No seafood in Tampa is great, they don't know how to do it down here

bbb
10-01-2017, 05:10 PM
No seafood in Tampa is great, they don't know how to do it down here

where do they do it better??

BmoreMoney
10-01-2017, 05:14 PM
where do they do it better??

Bmore😉....

acedonkeyace
10-01-2017, 06:01 PM
Across the bridge from Gators--fun place to see lots of tourists and young tale, is a Awesome small restaurant for food--its called--WALTZs', Walt and his wife run the place and every morning they goto the local seafood market and local fisherman and get the days catch, they have a menu each day and once the supply is gone, then they mark off the menu item. Crab cakes are Awesome and all the carribean style rice and veggies are great too, just a bit of Spice.

Also, lots of good places to play pool that have already been mentioned,

Have a great trip and have Fun!!

Respectfully

Mike 'acedonkeyace' kennedy

Also, If you are a collector or are looking for some nice Pool cues or custom cases or collectibles items, I have about 70 cues setup at SidePockets--1970's to 1990's lots of New Old STock--Becker, Joss, Pechauer, Gulyassey, JW, Porper, Tad, Sailor, Helmstetter,Adam, Huebler, Huebler Custom-- on and on and on. Also, they have a good, handicapped tourney, 8-ball on winners side and 9 ball on losers side on Friday night, starts at 8pm. Also, I am there with an on-site Cuesmith Lathe and have the largest selection of tips in Florida to choose from, if you need any work done I would be happy to help you out.

Take care,:thumbup:

Scott Lee
10-01-2017, 07:58 PM
Mike does a great job on your cues! Look him up! :thumbup:

Scott Lee
http://poolknowledge.com



Also, If you are a collector or are looking for some nice Pool cues or custom cases or collectibles items, I have about 70 cues setup at SidePockets--1970's to 1990's lots of New Old STock--Becker, Joss, Pechauer, Gulyassey, JW, Porper, Tad, Sailor, Helmstetter,Adam, Huebler, Huebler Custom-- on and on and on. Also, they have a good, handicapped tourney, 8-ball on winners side and 9 ball on losers side on Friday night, starts at 8pm. Also, I am there with an on-site Cuesmith Lathe and have the largest selection of tips in Florida to choose from, if you need any work done I would be happy to help you out.

Take care,:thumbup:

pogmothoin
10-03-2017, 02:27 PM
I guess if you consider an HOUR ride to be "just north of Tampa" Capones is a nice room. Much closer is Strokers in Palm Harbor and Crooked Cue in Clearwater! Both are right on Hwy 19N. Like Dave said, the food is great at Strokers. Also, one place not to miss is the Crabby Bill's seafood restaurant in Indian Rocks (go to the end of Ulmerton at the beach, turn left)...fantastic seafood at reasonable prices.

Scott Lee
http://poolknowledge.com

Is there any place not a hour away? Traffic in that town is horrendous.

Just got back, met a friend in Baluka’s in Brandon, traveling from St. Pete. I thought I was in Los Angeles.

jimmyco
10-03-2017, 02:52 PM
Is there any place not a hour away? Traffic in that town is horrendous.

Just got back, met a friend in Baluka’s in Brandon, traveling from St. Pete. I thought I was in Los Angeles.

Be glad it wasn't in March.

GoPlayPool
10-03-2017, 05:44 PM
I think we got you covered on all the pool rooms you need in that area.
Search, find and go play pool all you want.
New system up and running.
Hope to see you sharing it on Facebook too! :p:p:p

Link to search: Here (http://www.goplaypool.com/)

Safe travels Rhea!

Protocol
10-06-2017, 01:05 PM
You will be at the best pool room, Strokers. Get the Freddie shrimp, it's the best. Sponge docks in Tarpon springs has good Greek food and little shops. Clearwater beach is close. Honeymoon island state park is beautiful.

+1 on the Freddie Shrimp

Saturated Fats
10-06-2017, 03:29 PM
No seafood in Tampa is great, they don't know how to do it down here

Hey Dave, weren't you the one that said "Get the Freddie shrimp, it's the best."?

justinb386
10-07-2017, 08:36 AM
Any good pool rooms to visit in Tampa or places to visit or recommended places to eat? I'm going to Tampa in November with my girlfriend for a tournament but I plan to fly in a day early and leave a day late.

I would want to check out Stix, and Stroker's billiards in Palm Harbor FL, if I were visiting Tampa. I can't remember which one I visited back in the late 90s, but I had a really great time. Many very strong players there. They had a very strong weekly tournament going on. There was a good tournament every night of the week in that area. I wish I would have never left. Loved that area.

justinb386
10-07-2017, 08:39 AM
You will be at the best pool room, Strokers. Get the Freddie shrimp, it's the best. Sponge docks in Tarpon springs has good Greek food and little shops. Clearwater beach is close. Honeymoon island state park is beautiful.

Close to 20 years since I was at Stroker's , and it is still going strong I imagine. I miss that place. Very cool crowd back in those days, and awesome players. There were some very pretty female players there too, that played a strong B speed.

Cornerman
10-07-2017, 08:41 AM
Is there any place not a hour away? Traffic in that town is horrendous.

Just got back, met a friend in Baluka’s in Brandon, traveling from St. Pete. I thought I was in Los Angeles.

That's not possible. Maybe there was an accident or it was 4pm.

St Pete (I have a house there) traffic is nothing like other cities. I'd hate for anyone to get the wrong idea.

Cornerman
10-07-2017, 08:43 AM
Hey Dave, weren't you the one that said "Get the Freddie shrimp, it's the best."?

He was talking about Palm Harbor. :)

And St Pete has great seafood. I'm sure there's something in Tampa, but I never would have a reason to go to Tampa for seafood.

DaveM
10-21-2017, 08:34 AM
Heading to Strokers for a few hours if anyone is around.

cookie man
10-21-2017, 11:36 AM
He was talking about Palm Harbor. :)

And St Pete has great seafood. I'm sure there's something in Tampa, but I never would have a reason to go to Tampa for seafood.

Freddie shrimp is the best around here. I'd argue about St. Pete seafood being great but i'm comparing it to baltimore and we do seafood differently up there. They just don't do seafood very good in florida imo.

cookie man
10-21-2017, 11:37 AM
Heading to Strokers for a few hours if anyone is around.

Big tournament this weekend at Capones, probably not many people around

DaveM
10-21-2017, 01:47 PM
Thanks, some people here, got some games. Going to try the blackened grouper and Freddie's Shrimp.

boradriver
10-22-2017, 08:55 AM
So many great places to eat in the Tampa, St Pete, Clearwater area. Most of what people have posted are all good. Try some of the little places down on any of the beaches and you should do fine.

If your up for a little ride go to Tarpon Springs and have lunch at one of the greek restaurants in the sponge district. It is a little of a tourist area but I still like it.

I normally spend 6-8 weeks(Feb-march) in Tampa and split my pool time between Strokers and Crooked cue and the only complaint I have about either of them is the smoking.

Rhea
10-22-2017, 09:32 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions so far.

Playing in the Womens US Ameteur Championships for a chance to compete in my first WPBA Masters event next year.

pogmothoin
10-22-2017, 05:08 PM
That's not possible. Maybe there was an accident or it was 4pm.

St Pete (I have a house there) traffic is nothing like other cities. I'd hate for anyone to get the wrong idea.

It was 4pm. So there you go, but wow it was terrible.

donny mills
10-22-2017, 05:18 PM
Two of the best places to eat in Tampa are Berns steakhouse and this place called Ulele. Berns has their own farm and dessert room and Ulele doesn't use a freezer for food because it's just that fresh.

If you want poolrooms that have really nice playing diamonds go to Crooked cue in Clearwater or CM's place in Seminole.

Billiardbills
10-23-2017, 10:46 AM
Diamond Billiards in Cape Coral is about 2 hours south.

These are old photos before the accident and remodel.

Z-Nole
10-24-2017, 03:24 PM
Berns has the largest private wine collection in the US but Ulele has the best prices. A Napa Silcer Oak is only around $115. A steak