Bring Your Hustle: Boston Pool and Brews Meetup?
posted October 31, 2013 5:51 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat November 23 at 3:30 PM, Flat Top Johnny's
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, USA (Map & Directions)
Backseatpilot, Horace Rumpole and I had such a good time playing pool at the last meet up that I thought I'd see if there'd be any interest in having another with that in mind. Anyone else down for a couple games of 8 ball?
Flattop Johnny's in Kendall is the first option that comes to mind --- they have quite a decent beer list, IMO --- but am very open to suggestions. When would be a good time for people?
posted by Diablevert to Meetup (44 comments total)

This sounds like so much fun! Definitely in.
posted by the young rope-rider at 5:36 AM on November 1, 2013

I'm not much good at pool abut am interested depending on when this is.
posted by Aizkolari at 6:55 AM on November 1, 2013

yesssssss. I love pool
posted by threeants at 10:05 AM on November 1, 2013

YES! I've got a killer break but no aim otherwise.
posted by not_on_display at 10:21 AM on November 1, 2013

Killer, glad there's some interest. Big question is, do we go for before Thanksgiving or after? It's late this year.
posted by Diablevert at 10:30 AM on November 1, 2013

I would mostly like attend and play pool badly, then make fun of other people for playing pool badly. But with love, I tell you, with love.
posted by maryr at 2:33 PM on November 1, 2013

I am quite interested. My suggestion for a time would be a weekend afternoon like we did with the bowling--I would imagine the evenings are their busy time.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:03 PM on November 1, 2013

I don't play pool but I'm close to Kendall and like beer so this seems like the sort of thing I would enjoy anyway.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 7:28 AM on November 2, 2013

I will once again become increasingly agitated as physics denies me my glory.

I could probably do the weekend before Thanksgiving or just about any time after.
posted by backseatpilot at 3:48 PM on November 2, 2013

I'm happy with the weekend before thanksgiving as well -- does that work for other people? Flat Top Johnny's opens at 3PM on Saturdays --- I'm thinking maybe 3:30?

If this seems okay to people, I can go ahead and add the venue and stuff up top --- don't know about y'all, I never seem to see the proposed events until they have been confirmed.
posted by Diablevert at 7:25 PM on November 2, 2013

Seems good to me! I got a notice about this meetup via memail, BTW.
posted by not_on_display at 7:51 PM on November 3, 2013

I'm not sure if I would play, but I'd at least sit back and observe while eating nacho wets or whatever. Maybe if there's a super-remedial-class what's-the-stick-called-again game I'll play!
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:10 AM on November 4, 2013

I'll show up if I'm not scheduled to work then, for sure!
posted by threeants at 9:04 PM on November 4, 2013

but I'd at least sit back and observe while eating nacho wets or whatever.

Nacho wets?
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:24 AM on November 5, 2013

That's what it says on the menu. They seem like nachos with fries instead of chips, which sounds pretty good to me, plus the Apple Cabin-esque name is a bonus.
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:27 AM on November 5, 2013 [2 favorites]

It is officially ridiculous that this is my 7th month living in the area and I have not yet been to a meetup. I will be fixing this and making up for my laxity by playing comically terrible pool in public.
posted by amelioration at 4:48 PM on November 5, 2013

Interesting. I'm actually going to be in Massachusetts that weekend. Hmm.
posted by Errant at 1:56 PM on November 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

Hello, everybody --- noticed we added a few more folks to the maybe side. If we end up with 10+ people, I'm thinking it might be wise to get a reservation? I called the venue and they have an online system for this, but before I go ahead and make one I wanted to get some feedback on two points:

1) It seems Flat Top Johnny recently expanded their opening hours. Would starting earlier make it easier for people, or is 3:30 still good?
2) How many tables should I reserve? It seems like there's 4-6 of us definitely up for a few rounds and several more who might like to give it a go but wouldn't play all afternoon or anything. So I'd think two tables for sure, but should I go for three?
posted by Diablevert at 9:59 AM on November 12, 2013

Consider me an "almost certainly" for food and drinks.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 3:34 AM on November 13, 2013

I'm flexible on time - 3:30 is still fine with me.

I think I'd start with two tables, that way people can take turns playing matches and still have some time to sit and chat. I have no idea how busy they get on Saturday afternoons, though, if we need to expand at all.
posted by backseatpilot at 5:15 AM on November 13, 2013

By the way, I posted pics from the Bowling meetup.
posted by not_on_display at 2:11 PM on November 13, 2013 [1 favorite]

Moved myself to yes if that helps.
posted by maryr at 9:28 AM on November 14, 2013

I went ahead and booked two tables at 3:30 for now. I'll check in now and again and the numbers change much by the middle of next week I'll go ahead and add another.
posted by Diablevert at 9:55 AM on November 15, 2013

I have to count myself out due to some last minute family obligations. Have a blast, and I really will make it down eventually!
posted by amelioration at 6:30 PM on November 16, 2013

how much does the pool cost, apart from discretionary consumption of delicious nachoid items?
posted by threeants at 11:06 PM on November 17, 2013 [2 favorites]

I believe it is $12 an hour for each table, but I will double-check. If we end up having ~10 people and playing for a few hours, should be in the range of $7-$10 bucks a person.
posted by Diablevert at 8:20 AM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

I am really bummed to have to write this, but I am feeling a touch under the weather. I'm going to play it by ear and if I feel better tomorrow I'll still plan on coming, but in case I'm not able to make it tomorrow, I should probably change the reservation to someone else's name? Horace or Backseatpilot, would that be okay with one of you?
posted by Diablevert at 5:15 AM on November 22, 2013

So sorry you're not feeling well. I am still definitely going and if you want to give them my name that's totally fine.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:20 PM on November 22, 2013

Sorry, family stuff, I will be a "no". Have fun!
posted by maryrussell at 4:38 AM on November 23, 2013

Is this still on? I'll be there if so!
posted by threeants at 9:18 AM on November 23, 2013

posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:23 AM on November 23, 2013

Is the name it will be under Horace Rumpole?

Horace Rumpole

is that real
posted by threeants at 9:30 AM on November 23, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm not sure whether Diablevert has updated the reservation or not, but I doubt there are too many groups that have a reservation at 3:30 for two tables. I look just like my profile picture, so look for that guy.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:04 AM on November 23, 2013

In aid of Horace-recognizing, I will be wearing a sweater which is the color of Metafilter.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:43 AM on November 23, 2013 [2 favorites]

I'll probably be kinda late.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 11:29 AM on November 23, 2013

Ignignokt and I are yeses! I am not sure how on time or late we will be, but probably reasonably on time.
posted by Metroid Baby at 12:01 PM on November 23, 2013

Horribly late, but en route.
posted by maryr at 12:26 PM on November 23, 2013

I'm here!
posted by Horace Rumpole at 12:27 PM on November 23, 2013

Photos added. That was great and we should definitely do it again when Diablevert doesn't have the flu. Feel better soon!
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:36 AM on November 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

So glad it all went well. I left a message to switch the reservation, but it looks like there were plenty of empty tables as it was.

Bummed i missed it. Did spend about 16 out of 24 hours asleep yesterday, though, which was nice. I shall return to the field of battle in the New Year, count on it.
posted by Diablevert at 7:35 AM on November 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

That was my first time there and I was pleasantly surprised. The tables were all in good condition, good beer list, surprisingly good food, and it was quiet enough to have a conversation!
posted by backseatpilot at 11:54 AM on November 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

Yeah, it was shockingly quiet, and pool itself was much more engrossing and entertaining than I remember. Also, it was nice to talking to other people who's minds have also been ruined by the doge meme. It was good times!
posted by ignignokt at 2:28 PM on November 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


much nacho wets!

loud brakes! such louds!

beer yum thx!!!
posted by not_on_display at 11:24 PM on November 25, 2013 [2 favorites]

so billiard

very food

was tables

posted by threeants at 9:21 PM on November 26, 2013

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