Sam's Hollywood Billiards1845 NE 41st Ave Portland, OR 97212
Phone: (503) 282.8266
Located in: Northeast Portland - Visit Website
BarFly's Review of Sam's Hollywood Billiards
Dating back before pool tournaments were televised and every co-ed shot nine ball, Sam's Billiards has hosted the legends of the sport - and, weirdly, Pink Floyd a few times. Serious practitioners still rent tables for far less than halls across the river, and the chummy bartenders and a perhaps-too-ambitious menu enliven the sepia-tinged Hustler-era charms with an eternally young crowd.
|Sam's Hollywood Billiards's Happy Hours|
|Monday||$2 doms, well and $3 micros 4-7pm|
|Tuesday||$2 doms, well and $3 micros 4-7pm|
|Wednesday||$2 doms, well and $3 micros 4-7pm|
|Thursday||$2 doms, well and $3 micros 4-7pm|
|Friday||$2 doms, well and $3 micros 4-7pm|
|Saturday||Alas, no happy hour today.|
|Sunday|| $5/hr pool all day long.|
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Sam's knows how to run a billiard parlour. It is the place to challenge Portland's finest shooters. Never piok up a drink with your bridge hand.
Sam's has been around for nearly 30 years and amazingly is still referred to as a billiard parlor. I played there in the late 80's when Sam was still running the place. What a great experience he provided.
In the past 5-8 years it has devolved into a loud bar scene around the tables. Some of the staff are rude and don't appear to like working there. The balls are always greasy from the burgers and fries, etc.
Oh yeah, if you're a dwarf, a midget or simply underage, they have about a hundred 52" cues (58" is standard) on the walls upstairs since there are so many pillars, etc. in the way of your shot. However, they don't provide any stool to stand on.
God damn, so sorry Sam ...
Played pool all over Oregon & Washington. In Portland there is only one really kick ass pool bar and Sam's is it, nuff said.
Always a go-to spot for us! Core staff is awesome, perhaps the best breakfast in PDX, the rest of the menu is versatile, and fruits and veggies always fresh. Awesome place to chill or cut loose depending on time/day of the week, crowd is always mellow. All the haters from previous reviews probably drive BMW's, so disregard. If you are a true PDX baller, go shoot some stick here cuz it's just a cool place to chill. Sean and Jason make sure everyone stays happy but don't tolerate B.S., which makes for a great and stable environment. Thanks Guys! Yer pal, T.
Ok I play pool all over Portland. The tables at Sam's are getting worn out and tired. Not to mention the staff being the same. I was there with some friends and it was not busy - and I had to get my own drinks! The food was awful - the fries were a greasy mess. The menu said "fresh cut" whoever wrote that should look up the definition of fresh.
i was there recently and the waitress was beyond outstanding. she moved so quickly and seemed very on top of it. in the immortal words of arnold...i will be back!
We go to Sam's for a great breakfast! Fabulous food at a great price,and no 1/2 hour wait for a table. We just had a Birthday party upstairs for 50 people. The service was outstanding and snobish attitudes,the food buffet was great and beautifully displayed. Our guests had a wonderful time and really enjoyed playing pool at the party.Do give Sam's a try,you won't be disappointed!
Sam's is great... Yep, it's the best! Good food, good drinks, 2 floors of pool, and video poker! What more could you ask for?? The bartenders are awesome...good personalities, friendly, and efficient. Excellent neighborhood type bar with plenty of room. I've been coming to Sam's for 2 years & have always been pleased.
This place is great! The bartenders pour a mean drink, and they ain't too bad to look at neither! Love it, and will keep coming back every weekend!
Sams is a totally chill environment. The bartenders are hella cool. The people are hella cool and the food is awesome...........but only when the dude with the skirt isn't cooking. This guy has an inflated ego. He thinks he is some master chef but his food tastes like crap!!!!!!!! The food had no flavor and tasted like it was microwaved. Dude I am a cook in a bar and my deep fried happy hour finger foods tasted better. But don't let this review discourage you from checking the place out. The food is really really good just don't go when the guy with the skirt is cooking. Cheers!
Wi-fi. A bar menu that isn't par for bar menus. Pool tables all over the place. Jukebox goes: Billy Idol, Marvin Gaye, hardcore metal, Prince. The Agave, Chili, Cilantro Burger was not as spicy as the menu made it sound. I drowned it in Cholula, and my fries in Salt and Pepper. 8.25 for the plate, which was both satisfying (well plated, thick and crispy fries, fresh and tasty garnish/greens) and a little underwhelming (the burger was obviously of a low quality and was pretty gristly after they char grilled it.) The server was a little inattentive (and said "don't worry, I'm not busy at all,") but the place has a cozy, clean feel that a lot of bars are missing and I enjoyed my meal. Maybe a pricier entree would have made up my mind, but I enjoy the menu. The drinks, however, were overpriced (a cheap whiskey = 3.25 for Old Crow. Budweiser is the cheap draft.) and the open-grill atmosphere brings all the "bitching about customers" right out in the open, which anywhere else is a back-of-house practice. If you want to be pampered this isn't the place, and the food isn't cheap but it's definitely better than your average bar fare. If you're used to paying for good beer and liquor then this could be your bar.
Who says the food at Sam's is decent fare? Not bad if your Mom couldn't cook... or if you are homeless.... ask for skinny fries and you get steak fries. You have to get your own coffee or do without. The owner needs to send in some spies at night - just to see what happens at the grill and behind the bar while she's away...
Good grief!! What happened to the service at Sam's Billiards?? The morning waitress/bar tender went on vacation, and her replacements are lacking in every way possible! They are truly people who should NOT work in the service industry. Thank goodness vacations end and the temps go back to their holes. The fat, bald cook at night should find a job somewhere on west Burnside - he would fit in better there. UG!!
So - hands down some of the best food you'll get in PDX. Sure, it is a pool hall - but TRY their food. It is amazing.
Hey Droopy Dogg..... I think your name must describe you and your personality to a T. You need to stay at the dog pound where they'll put you to sleep soon....
I've been to Sam's a few times, and always enjoyed myself. It's very laid back and low-key. If you're looking for high energy and loud music, keep on looking. Drinks are good and priced fairly. Wait staff is courteous and willing to chit-chat. Food seems a bit pricey, but well worth it. I highly recomend the Jalapeno poppers with the raspberry vinegrette sauce (I was skeptical at first too, but trust me, it works!)
I don't know about this nighttime action everyone is going on about. What I do know is that Sam's serves breakfast, it's pretty decent fare, and there is never a waiting list for a seat. They make their own jams and jellies too. Great post-hangover place to get grease and eggs in the belly, washed down with a stiff bloody mary.
Nice place, a little slow on the food service. But nice tables, and atmosphere.
A great place to shoot pool, slam some drinks, and hang out. The wait staff is excellent, friendly, and standup. It can get a little smoky in there later in the evening, but other than that, a solid house.
Sam's was great! Usually when i go to bars the bartenders treat you like shit and get dirty looks from regulars. Not at Sam's! The bartenders are super nice and the regulars welcomed us with open arms. I Love Sam's!
The place was full of shady and depressing characters. What a crappy location too...near the library and the Radio Shack.