A local favorite for billiards, Thalassa has dozens of pool tables that invite a mixed crowd enjoying the ample space. Berkeley students love it for the strong drinks poured by sexy bartenders, and the place is well known on campus as the preferred source of inebriation on Thursday nights. "Pool shark" jokes abound, inspired by the bar's trippy aquatic/mermaid decor, inexplicably punctuated by Christmas swag. Mood lighting sets the tone, sometimes to the inspiration of amorous couples getting cozy in the booths. If pool isn't your thing, while away your time at the arcade and jukebox, or dance to the DJ's hip-hop tunes. A patio outside offers some landlubber respite.