The stairway to the Pool Hall at Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster Overtown
Photo by Laine Doss
The stairway to the Pool Hall at Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster Overtown

Pool Hall at Red Rooster Overtown

Ascend a narrow stairway filled with the names and faces of some of the greatest stars of all time — Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Sam Cooke — along with a neon sign proclaiming you've arrived at the "Harlem of the South." Welcome to the Pool Hall at Red Rooster Overtown, a loving tribute to the former Clyde Killens Pool Hall, where great musicians played and partied in the days of segregation. The lushly appointed space is outfitted with comfortable sitting areas, an outdoor deck overlooking Red Rooster’s patio, and scads of memorabilia from Overtown’s past. Sidle up to the bar for a Swizzle or a Harlem Sour, or shoot some pool on the vintage pool table. Though there’s plenty of history to explore, this is not a sterile museum of the past. It's a lively and stylish tribute to what Overtown once was — and a glimpse of what it can be.

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