There are many ways people entertain themselves on Friday and Saturday nights. Some choose to go to concerts, bars, bowling alleys, dinner, dancing, or the movies, but nearly every one of these activities will be over by 2 a.m., much too early for serious night owls. However, for the late-night attraction-seekers there is a place right here in Santa Clara that keeps even the most nocturnal folks happy – Santa Clara Billiards.
SC Billiards opened almost 20 years ago and while the pool hall is open seven days a week, its claim to fame is that the doors stay unlocked until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. “The reason why we [didn’t close until 4 a.m.] when we opened it was because I was younger and into going out,” said Michael Fiorillo, who owns the pool hall along with his sister, Renee and mother, Elaine. “My dad wanted to make sure my siblings and I were safe so he felt that opening a family-friendly-environment in Santa Clara would be a good thing.”
“There is no minimum age requirement,” continued Fiorillo. “Everyone here is friendly. It’s a place to go to hang out and talk.”
Fiorillo states that the pool hall is “a little bit like a sports bar” with nine flat screen televisions. The establishment also has video and table top games and serves typical bar food like hot dogs, pastrami, ham and cheese or turkey sandwiches, and pizza. The SC Billiards bar serves a variety of draft and bottled beers as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
Full catering is available through the family’s Fiorillo’s Restaurant for private events. In addition to helping plan and decorate for corporate events, bachelor parties and children’s birthday parties, Santa Clara Billiards also offers a 10%-20% discount, depending on the size of the party, on pool table time for all catered events.
Because of most people’s financial situation, Fiorillo claims shooting pool is cheaper than going bowling because you buy table time instead of paying per game.
Even though Fiorillo is currently one of the owners of both Fiorillo’s Restaurant and Santa Clara Billiards he is quick to give his late father all of the credit for the success of each business. “My dad loved Santa Clara,” said Fiorillo. “It was his pride and joy. He wanted nothing more than to have family-oriented businesses that serves the needs of this community and the families within this city.”
Santa Clara Billiards is at 4525 Stevens Creek Boulevard. Additional information can be found at www.SantaClaraBilliards.com.