I have been going to D&B for years to play billiards, I like to take clients there to do business deals like some people do on the golf course. D&B who obviously take their design and service cues from Vegas casino culture USED to be an excellent place to play, but after their recent store remodel they have gone backwards in the billiards arena.
They removed a large percentage of tables and put the remaining ones along the walk from the front desk to the arcade, where there is very little privacy. The new lamps above the pool tables look cheap like they came from IKEA and have no hoods to shield the players eyes from the light bulbs, making it difficult to see to shoot. The pockets are dark because the light is not being distributed...it is really bright in the middle of the table and dark around the edges. There were not enough pool cues available for my party, and there was almost no seating around the table for our snacks and drinks. We had to chase down a server after being left thirsty for almost 30 minutes upon our arrival, even though some birthday party was going on right beside our table. When their food came we had to stop playing because the servers set up their serving tray stands right where we needed to be.
Honestly, I hope they are still figuring out what to do with the pool area, because if I take my clients there now I'll have to listen to them complain about the amateurish setup...and it will shift the conversation away from the business I like to conduct while playing. It looks like an interior designer who does not shoot pool made some really bad choices...such as the little pool cue stands that come with cheap plastic ball racks - the wooden ones from before are gone - and I hope that this new disappointing setup does not last. Also, they now have WHITE chalk for the cue tips...who uses white chalk other than teachers in school on a blackboard? i have never even SEEN white chalk in a pool hall before.
Don't go to D&B for pool unless you are a rank beginner or looking for a cheap date, because the past commitment to excellence in gaming is gone in the billiards area. I am very disappointed, and there was no way to voice this disapproval to D&B through their web site other than to call and leave a message on an answering machine...so I have no alternative other than to voice my discontent and disappointment here on this public forum.
I hope somebody from the design team reads this and fixes the problem. Real shooters will not come to D&B after they find out about the new redesign...and I am seriously thinking about trying to find another place to take my clients.
I've been MANY times. Each time is enjoyable!!! I've never had complaints about the food. Everything I've had has been good. It's easy to drop $50 in the game room. So we usually go for birthday celebrations.
I went with a boyfriend a few months back. It had lots of different games, stuff for everyone. It's great for all ages! It's like Jillians though and that's closer for me. My biggest drawback is that you have to be 21 to get in or with someone over 25. I am 20, and we drove 45 minutes there and I couldn't get in because my boyfriend was 21 at the time. Luckily a friend of his was meeting us there, and he was old enough to get me in, but I think 18+ would be ok for this venue. I was a little upset because some one came in with two small children who were no more than 8 or so but I was denied entrance.
We were there with a group. What fun we all had, the food was so good and everyone enjoyed their meal. It was so much fun to watch kids of all ages enjoy the games, and win their prizes. we are planning a trip back with our grandchildren and we will diffently stop again.
The food's not very good, and the games are out-of-date and over-priced. Save some money, go to Newport (and that is a very sad comparison considering the price of Newport). I've never seen a place charge so much for shufflepuck. And that is just the shufflepuck. I'm not going back....
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