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Best Place to Play Pool

Saratoga Lanes

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The tables are flat and smooth, the KSHE that roars from the sound system totally ass-rockin', the balls solid, the cues straight enough, the tips firm enough, the beer cold and the tables usually available. What more do you need from a pool joint? Centrally located Saratoga in Maplewood has it all, and while there are "nicer" places where the players are "better" and the pool takes priority over any other game (Saratoga was built for bowling, after all), the solid, blue-collar vibe of this second-story gem conveys a no-bullshit message: Rack 'em tight.

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