- 28202 Dequindre, Warren, MI, 48092
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- (3 ratings)
- 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-2 a.m. Sat.-Sun.
Status: The Ultimate Sports Bar & Billiards defies all the pool-hall stereotypes. The 10,000-square-foot Warren bar is devoid of dimly lit corners and unsavory characters. Instead, neon lights hang above 15 pool tables, and a well-lighted bar and large televisions illuminate the space owned by 38-year-old Tony Thomas.
The Ultimate Sports Bar, tucked away in a shopping plaza on Dequindre, was called Plush Pockets for 15 years before Thomas bought the building two years ago. For the first year, he operated under the Plush Pockets name. This year, “we made it a sports bar,” Thomas says. “We converted it. Pool doesn’t seem to be quite the attraction it used to be.”
So he changed the name, took out some of the pool tables and added some big-screen TVs.
“I like what he’s done,” says David Hanshaw of Lake Orion, who has been playing pool at the establishment for years. “It’s a beautiful pool room. I don’t know if it’s the economy, but pool rooms have been having a really tough time.”
Gear: Imagine you’re playing pool at your best friend’s house, then kicking back afterward with a beer to watch a game on TV. Now picture what you’d wear. As long as your imaginary outfit includes shoes and a shirt, you’re pretty much safe to wear it at the Ultimate Sports Bar. Thomas has just one fashion rule: No do-rags.
Mood: A dark, industrial ceiling gives the large space a slight warehouse feel. High-top tables and vinyl-covered chairs surround the carpeted pool area, and a bar lines one wall. If you’re not interested in playing or watching pool, the Ultimate Sports Bar offers a semi-secluded area for relaxing. It covers 1,500 square feet and comes with tables.
“It’s a laid-back, fun, friendly atmosphere,” Thomas says.
Marty Sawinski, 44, who has been playing pool at the bar for more than a decade, says the players it draws “are the best in southern Michigan.” The Whitmore Lake resident says he tries to stop by once a week.
Pick me up: There are 50 Michigan beers available in bottle and draft ranging from $4.25 for a pint glass to $6.25 for a 26-ounce mug to $9-$13.50 for pitchers. Mixed drinks are $4-$8. The food menu is standard: steaks, nachos, soups, salads and burgers.
Entertainment: In addition to the 15 pool tables, the Ultimate Sports Bar has Golden Tee machines (arcade games inspired by golf) and darts. There are four HD projectors and 30 plasma TVs. A white sheet creates a 10-foot television screen on the windows overlooking the parking lot.
Pool tables are $5 per table per hour, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. After 5 p.m., it’s $6.75 per hour Monday-Thursday and $8.75 Friday-Saturday. There are no reservations and tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No professional players are allowed to participate in the bar’s Wednesday-night tournaments. Thursday nights are 9-ball open.
The bar is showing Ultimate Fighting Championship events in November, December and January. Space can also be rented out for parties.