Bar billiards or Russian billiards is a fascinating traditional game first imported into England from Belgium in the 1930s. Designed for pubs and clubs, shots are taken from one end of the Bar Billiards Table only which reduces the required floor space. A Bar Billiards table can be pushed into an awkward corner or niche turning a little-used area into a money spinner.
The game is time-based, each coin lasting 12 - 17 minutes, after which the internal bar drops and no more balls return to the front for replay. Players score points by knocking balls into the holes at the other end of the Bar Billiards table while avoiding toppling the skittles - Bar Billiards games are often decided by the last ball on the table.
Restored refurbished Skittle, Bar Billiards & Bagatelle tables
We occasionally sell restored / reconditioned used skittles tables, antique Bagatelle tables and refurbished Bar Billiards tables
Buy Snooker and Pool Billiard Table Baize Cloth
A wide range of billiard table cloth. High quality baize for Pool and Snooker tables in a variety of colours. Prompt helpful service. Great prices
58 inch Table Shade - Brassed with 3 Brassed Coolie Shades
Available in the following options:
* Brassed with 3 Brassed Coolie Shades
* Brassed with 3 Blue Coolie Shades
* Brassed with 3 Green Coolie Shades
* Chrome with 3 Chrome Shades
These lights are suspended by two chains which hang from from hooks at...
West of England 777 Premier Cloth - special cut for 6ft Bar Billiards table (bed and cushions)
We have created a special Bar Billiards cloth package for re-covering your Bar Billiards table and cushions.
This pre-cut billiard table cloth should work for most 6 foot or smaller Bar Billiards tables. Standard snooker table cloth packages do not wo...
Set Bar Billiards Balls (1 & 7/8 inch - 7 white, 1 red)
A set of Bar Billiard balls with a 1 & 7/8 inch diameter. Manufactured by Aramith in Belgium. Perfectly round and balanced with uniform weight and hardness. These phenolic balls last up to five times longer than other balls made from polymers or polyester...
Hainsworth 5/8 inch Northern Championship quality L-shaped rubber for Bar Billiards table (3 x 6 feet lengths)
For most Bar Billiards tables, 5/8 inch L-shaped cushion rubber will work, even if the the table was originally fitted with 1/2 inch L-shaped rubber.
We supply the 5/8 inch L-shaped rubber in sets of 3 lengths of 6 feet which is sufficient for 1 Bar B...
Dowsing DB2 electric Billiard iron
This is a Dowsing Thermostatic Billiard Iron suitable for domestic or commercial use.
* Will keep your Snooker, Pool or Billiards table cloth ironed smooth with the nap in the correct direction.
* Keeping the nap pressed correctly will ensure that bal...
Hainsworth 7/8 inch Northern Championship quality L-shaped cushion rubber (Set of 6 x 6 feet lengths, suitable for 9ft -12 ft snooker tables)
This is a set of 6 x 6 feet lengths of Northern Championship quality L-shaped rubber. This is full size 7/8 inch rubber profitle for full size Snooker Tables but will also fit most 9 and 10 foot Snooker tables.
The difference between the ordinary Club...
Billiards Under Cushion Brush
Brushes for keeping your Billiards, Snooker, or Pool Table clean and dust free. Use after each session to remove chalk marks and reduce the chances of cue ball 'kicks'.
The under Cushion Brush is ideal for getting right underneath the cushes.
Set 9 Bar Billiards hole lining rings - red
A set of nine rings for Bar Billiards tables.
The hole lining rings are new and slightly tapered. The inner diameter is 55mm. The outer diameter of the larger end is 66mm. They should be glued inside each hole. They are usually slightly too big for the...
Set of 10 self-adhesive 12.5mm black table spots
Spots for marking any type of billiards game - Snooker, Bar Billiards or Pool tables.
A great value set of 10 self adhesive black spots that are easy to stick to any billiard table.
15V Battery pack for Bar Billiards timer
The Supreme Bar Billiards table has an electric timer that requires a special battery pack. This is a 10 cell, 15V battery that is fairly common in Pool tables in England. It's entirely possible that these are available from billiard fitters in other coun...
Fitted Heavy Duty Table Cover for 12 foot Snooker Table
This dark green heavy duty p.v.c. full size snooker table cover is superb for both home and club use.
Billiards Table Brush (12 inch)
Brushes for keeping your Billiards, Snooker, or Pool Table clean and dust free. Use after each session to remove chalk marks and reduce the chances of cue ball 'kicks'. The under Cushion Brush is ideal for getting right underneath the cushes.
Scoreboard for Billiards & Bar Billiards (2 Lane)
At Masters Games, we go our of our way to try to provide for all games, not just the popular ones. This is a special scoreboard that is likely to be suitable for all manner of higher scoring games but is designed in particular for both Billiards and Bar B...
History of Bar Billiards
The similarity of Bar Billiards with Bagatelle, the pub game that was most popular for at least a century after 1770 is so evident that it seems highly likely that Bar Billiards is a derivative of Bagatelle via some lineage but that lineage is, at present, unknown. Beyond that assumed and mysterious connection, it isn't known how Bar Billiards originated but in the early 1930s an Englishman called David Gill observed a game called Russian Billiards (Billiard Russe) being played in Belgium. A Russian link is therefore a possibility but it seems more likely that the game was named so as to sound slightly exotic to the ears of West Europeans at the time.
Gill convinced the English manufacturer Jelks to make a version of the game which he called Bar Billiards. Pubs seemed keen to buy tables and other manufacturers soon got in on the act. The first pub league was created in Oxford in 1936 and shortly afterwards leagues sprang up in Reading, Canterbury and High Wycombe. Eventually, a governing body was formed called the All-England Bar Billiards Association which supervises the game across 18 counties, mainly in the South of England.
There do not appear to be any standards to Bar Billiards rules and at least one other variation is in wide circulation that utilises 4 skittles instead of 3.
Bar Billiards is still popular in the South of England but has, unfortunately, lost a lot of its popularity due to the emergence of American 8 ball Pool.