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Pastime Pool Closing

Original post made by Pool Guy on Jun 2, 2014

I just read in the Weekly that Pastime Pool is closing. Too bad. More gentrification and the boring down of Pleasanton. I will miss the pool hall.

Comments (12)

Posted by Italian restaurant?, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 2, 2014 at 7:21 am

How good now another Italian restaurant!


Posted by Map, a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Yep, going to miss that crowd that hangs out there!! MAybe now they can give the sidewalk outside the front door a good steam cleaning and that parking lot down the side of the building. Going to have to find a new hangout for their patrons to spit and toss cigarette butts. Bye past time pool, with a little retrofitting and some updating you good have been a great place!!!


Posted by NighTrain, a resident of Mission Park
on Jun 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm

The place is a landmark of sorts, but it has always been a place for underage kids to procure alcohol. I drank there, way before I was of legal age and that was decades ago. They should've spruced it up and been more careful about who they let in. (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)

Good Riddance!!!


Posted by LongTimePleasResident, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Hey @NighTrain (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff) The owners and staff of the historic Pastime Pool Hall would never serve anyone underage as I see them card the youngsters daily. As for your ignorance towards a place that will be missed shame on you. This is one of the last places still in business from decades ago. All of us patrons that frequent there are happy that people like you chose to spend your money elsewhere. The only place downtown with a pool table is going away that people young and old can enjoy. The owners and staff of Pastime are wonderful people who care for their patrons. Where else can you have a cold beer on Main Street with a new or old time friend for under $3.00? PASTIME POOL HALL WILL BE MISSED!


Posted by NighTrain, a resident of Mission Park
on Jun 3, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Hey long time ignorant: You sound like a commercial but you are the one that is mistaken. You've assumed I have children, and that I'd let them hang out in a place that is baptized in blood, urine, and vomit? Like I said before, I drank there way before I was of age on numerous occasions. Nobody carded me, I drank BUD longnecks and played pool, no problems.

The real question is why would Pleasanton police allow teens to enter that building? What good could ever come from that? When I drank there, I don't think teens were allowed inside at all. If you were cool and didn't act nervous you could get away with it. If you let your kids hang out there, you are a fool! Pastime contributed to the downfall of many kids under the guise of a Historic pool hall. Why would you want gambling alcoholics and teens and convicts to mix and mingle? If it had been run responsibly it would be different but it wasn't and it's just an old wart on the corner of Main and it's certainly past due and past time for it to go! (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)


Posted by Joe, a resident of Mission Park
on Jun 4, 2014 at 7:39 am

While NighTrain might have secured a beer while underage decades ago he certainly hasn't in the last decade or two. While some of the customers may be a bit sketchy the place was run relatively straight up for a bar. It is a beer only bar. No wine or booze. Generally the owners are straight up good people. (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)


Posted by SportsparkLove, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2014 at 7:42 am

I have to agree with @LongTimePleasResident. The people (owners, workers, and patrons) at the Pastime are great! I love going there and will miss it when it is gone. It's your typical dirty dive bar, but that is what is awesome about it! They don't serve minors so that is a complete lie, and I never see minors in there - I'm over 21 and I STILL get carded by them! Everyone in there is polite, friendly, and just looking to have a cold beer and play some pool

@NighTrain, back in the day it was much easier to drink underage ANYWHERE. The laws are much more strict today (probably why there are never minors in there drinking or in there at all). You should take your negative attitude somewhere else. You don't even know the owners so how could you say they should raze the building with the owners inside? You are clearly a very uneducated person.

This place will be sorely missed.


Posted by Met your daughter there..., a resident of Birdland
on Jun 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Clearly you are a masochistic shill, without a conscience. The idea that it was easier to obtain alcohol as an underage teen decades ago, is irrelevant. Why were "youngsters" ever allowed in there in the first place Mr. Education? It's not Disneyland, and those wonderful folks that you assume I don't know, shouldn't ever have allowed teens inside PERIOD! I don't care if they are carding them now, they shouldn't be in the bar. I have no sympathy for the people that corrupt our youth, no matter how splendid you may think that they are! Other than that I could care less who goes there. Do you know what pandering is? Catering to and profiting from the weaknesses or vices of others e.g. gambling, drinking.

Yeah, I'm really going to miss it!


Posted by Bill, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

The only place we could ever get served was at Haps, when it used to look like..er...different than now.


Posted by Pool Guy, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 5, 2014 at 8:31 am

The place is licensed as a pool hall. Any age is allowed to play pool. Beer is served and only beer. Underage cannot be sit at the bar. That was the pool hall license. There is no such thing as underage for entry to play pool only purchasing beer. This is the way the state licenses certain pool halls. If don't like it vote to change the law, not pick on the owners. They were never caught in any of the alcohol purchase stings unlike some of the other more "upscale" restaurants. So little factual knowledge on this site. "Met your daughter there" why such name calling? Do you need help?


Posted by S.A, a resident of Heritage Valley
on Jul 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm

uh Pastime also served Food which from what I know is like ok for children to go in and enjoy like Round Table pizza is Allowed to Serve Beer & Wine and Allow minors to come eat pizza and play video games. Really doesn't matter now because Pastime is Closed and going under the Wrecking ball. Too bad "Un-Pleasant-Sin" is such a Tourist Trap Yuppie overpriced messed up Parking Over-Populated Cliche Business and NOT a Real town anymore because All they seem to Care about is their Money $$$ and Revenue & Property Values and Catering to the Snobby uptight pretentious Opinionated Planned Parenthood people who have Only recently come to OUR Town and Started dictating to US How WE should live Our lives by Not Allowing us to Live Our Lives like WE allow others to Live theirs. I spent most of my late teens to mid Thirties here and it has ALWAYS been a Home away from home to me and I really have to Stress that these places are a dying breed here But Once were one of the Few reasons People came to visit this quaint little unpopulated scenic Town. But Big business HAS Taken over and it Will Never be the same again to many who are Original Home Town Born and Raised. Another Dying breed here in this Place Called UN-Pleasant-Sin. Many People who have lived here for Decades are slowly being PUSHED OUT by people who don't Care about anyone except THEMSELVES and their $$$ and Telling others How to Live and what to do and How they can or Can't do it. R.I.P Pastime. Many will Surely Miss this Pool hall and the "Old P-TOWN" memories it reminds many of Us it WAS.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 19, 2014 at 11:26 am

o i c...eye thought folks were referring to a swimming pool...tee hee...a few times i've been know to take a leak in a public pool...hahahahahahaa


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