Putting pub pool tables outside for summer
We’re often asked about putting pub pool tables outside for summer, and despite the notoriously unpredictable British weather, the answer is yes, you can.
However, there is, of course, some care and attention needed to make sure you don’t end up with flooded felt or boggy baize following a seasonal downpour.
The Manco Automatics team have got you covered – and your outdoor pub pool table should be covered too, just in case!
Outdoor locations for pub pool tables
Most of the rules of outdoor locations for pub pool tables are the same as for indoor pool tables, including:
- Relatively flat, level, stable ground.
- Adequate cue clearance on all sides.
- Not blocking emergency routes or creating a hazard.
If the basics are all accounted for, then there’s usually no reason why you can’t put a pool table outside in a beer garden or on a terrace.
And by doing so, you can also free up the equivalent space inside, which is ideal if you plan to screen major sporting events this summer or just want the floor space for tables.
Extra considerations for outdoor pool tables
You may have seen outdoor pool tables at pubs and bars in Mediterranean holiday resorts, but it’s important to realise that the UK is unfortunately not a Mediterranean country.
Our climate means it is very likely, if not inevitable, that the summer months will see heavy rain – and our clients in Greater Manchester will know that more than most!
Because of this, you need to take some precautions if you want to put pub pool tables in the beer garden or elsewhere outside.
A suitable shelter or canopy is essential. Ideally, it should provide a permanent cover to protect the table surface against rainfall, allowing for the fact that rain can blow in at an angle in squally weather.
For security reasons, coin-operated pool tables should ideally be in an enclosed area such as a fenced-in beer garden and/or supervised directly from the bar or via CCTV.
Need help with an outdoor pool table?
We’re happy to help you decide if an outdoor pub pool table is a sensible decision for your premises and to troubleshoot any additional preparations you should make before installation.
Our team can deliver and install an outdoor pool table or if you already have one of our pub pool tables indoors, we can come and professionally relocate it to your beer garden.
To find out more, contact your Manco representative today and we’ll get the cue ball rolling.