Ball House is the place that you head to when you are looking for that elusive classy/hip pool experience in Beijing. Although it only has three tables; the high arched ceilings, mezzanines, alcoves, partitioned areas and generally spiffy decoration and sleazy red lights, make for a uniquely chilled and ambient pool playing experience. Ball House could be considered a favourite haunt of beautiful pool players, if such a group exists. With new wave asymmetrical hairdos abound, you will probably spend as much time with your eye on the other patrons as you will on the cue ball.
Tables cost 30 RMB per hour and although at times the bar can get really busy, it is a fairly safe bet for a good prolonged session of playing. Another noteworthy aspect of the Ball House is the difficulty many people can have finding it; on both first and return visits! Exploring the alleyways past the right hand side of the square between the two drum towers - given that you are facing away from Guloudajie - will result in you eventually striking the trendy pool hall, marked by a door right at the end of one of the alleys.