Our Philosophy

To provide a safe, comfortable place where our patrons can actively enjoy pool and darts or just relax in our lounge area with delicious food, refreshing drinks and sports on big screen TV’s.


Side Pockets is a “Sports Bar Redefined”. We not only have great maintained pool tables and dart boards, we have so much more!

We are a great gathering place to watch your favorite sports on big screen TVs. We are the definition of fun. Each Side Pockets has a huge bar with a fantastic lounge area and a selection of beers and cocktails that will please any patron.

Our menus consist of not just “bar food”. We serve meals that range from comfort and casual to fancy. All are delicious and priced within any budget. Just click on the Menu Button to see what each location offers.
Side Pockets is the place to be if you like competition. We have pool and dart leagues several nights each week. And, because there is a handicap system, players of all levels can compete. What a great way to meet new friends or create your own team with your neighbors or co-workers.

Additionally, if you like what you see and want to become part of our organization, Click Here to Print an Application for Employment. Then, take in into the Side Pockets where you would like to work. If there are employment opportunities available, someone will contact you for an interview.

Finally, if you would like to pursue an opportunity to own a Side Pockets franchise, Click Here to learn more about ownership possibilities.

Thanks for your interest in Side Pockets. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Side Pockets offers wholesome daily lunch specials. Plus, you get a FREE hour of pool when you dine with us between 11:00am and 2:00pm.

Gift certificates are available for that special birthday or holiday present.

Happy hour is always a great time to get a special price on drinks and food. Check with you favorite location to see the times and days available.


Click below to download an Application for Employment.  Then, take it into the Side Pockets where you would like to work.  If there are employment opportunities available, someone will contact you for an interview.  We are an equal opportunity employer.


keithrich_med2In the fall of 1993, Keith Robinson (Co-Founder and President of Side Pockets, Inc.) had sold his Bar & Grill located in Overland Park, Kansas and he was looking for a new venture. With the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) awareness program making a strong statement against the consumption of alcoholic beverages, he felt the time was right to open a restaurant / sports bar / billiards parlor that would put more emphasis on indoor entertainment and less emphasis on drinking. He contacted his friend and pool-playing buddy, Richard Hawkins, and proposed a partnership.

This was a good “marriage” from the start. Each offered qualities the other lacked. Keith knew the bar business and was very adept at the kitchen and food side of the business.

Richard had the computer expertise to design the layout of the parlor and he knew the people who could put the color schemes and floor coverings in place. Both were good pool players and knew where to find the right equipment at the best price.

outsideOpened in May of 1994, Side Pockets Restaurant, Sports Bar & Billiards Parlor quickly became the “in” place in the Kansas City Metropolitan area for the pool enthusiast.

Their location in the Westchester Square Shopping Center at the corner of 87th Street and Pflumm in Lenexa, Kansas, was the perfect place to begin their operation. In fact, in the October 1994 issue of Billiards Digest Magazine, Side Pockets was named “One of the Top New Billiards Areas in America”.

With the success of the 10,000 square foot Lenexa store, Keith and Richard decided in the Spring of 1997 to begin a new venture: Side Pockets Franchise Systems, Inc.  In September of 1997 their first franchise opened in Kansas City, North. This store was much larger with higher ceilings, more pool tables and occupying 15,000 square feet. In May of 2003, a devastating tornado destroyed a large part of the building.  But, four months later, the new expanded Side Pockets reopened with additional space that increased the size to over 18,000 square feet. 

btables2In January of 2001 the next location opened in Wichita, Kansas. This facility, occupying almost 14,000 square feet, quickly became the biggest and best in Wichita.

In the Fall of 2001, their next Side Pockets opened in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. This facility also occupies almost 16,000 square feet of space and has over 20 pool tables.

In 2005 Blue Springs, Missouri opened its location with over 16,000 square feet and also features more than 20 pool tables.

The ambiance is definitely what sets every Side Pockets apart with plenty of clean, level pool tables sitting on plush carpet with the proper lighting and just the right sound level on the juke box. Strategically placed TVs, (including several Big Screens), electronic dart boards and various video games all add to the entertainment value. A full service pro shop with a complete line of custom cues, dart supplies and accessories is one of the hallmarks of Side Pockets. The menu offerings, and particularly the daily specials, are extremely good and priced very competitively. Each weekday lunch features a different food special and there is always a FREE hour of pool for everyone who dines between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

darts_kcnorth2Each location has numerous cold beers on tap along with a huge selection of bottle beers.  There is also a full service bar that can mix almost any cocktail you desire.  Coke products, tea and lemonade are the soft drink choices. Although servers and management monitor anyone who might want to indulge too much, over-drinking is generally not a problem since it is very difficult to play pool or throw darts if one is a little tipsy.

Pool and Dart League play is promoted and emphasized at all Side Pockets’ locations and numerous teams compete on a weekly basis. These matches usually begin at 7:00pm and are typically completed between 9:30pm and 11:00pm. Side Pockets has become a destination point with built-in league business several nights a week. The customers on Friday and Saturday night primarily comprise “date night” business, where couples enjoy the competitiveness of a good game in a safe and comfortable atmosphere.

Another Side  Pockets’ event is amateur Poker tournaments. Typically, most locations will host at least one session weekly.  Some will host several.Because of their successful business savvy, Keith and Richard have had national publications write articles expounding the success of Side Pockets.

For more information on owning a Side Pockets Franchise, contact Richard Hawkins at 800-490-9809 or email.