Get Out and Do

Hales Annex

Hales Annex

Pool Hall in the Hales Annex, photo by WilliamRieter
Hales Annex is adjacent to Hales Gymnasium. The single-story building just west of the main campus is where students, and some faculty and staff, come during the lunch hour and early evening to relax, socialize, have quiet study, or enjoy live music and other entertainment. Hales Annex houses three distinct places: College Lanes, the Pool Room, and the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse.

Oberlin College Lanes is the only bowling center in Northeast Ohio that is alcohol free. For a modest fee, you may bowl most afternoons, evenings, and the weekend on one of the facility’s six lanes. It's open year-round to students and community members. Take part in open bowling, instruction, league bowling, birthday parties, and other special programs.

Enjoy billiards in the Pool Room where you can play a solo game or a fun competitive match. The pool hall has four nine-foot pocket billiards tables in a variety of colors. The room is generally staffed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. And in the nearby Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse, free concerts happen regularly.

The lineup is varied—folk music, jazz, poetry, improv, sketch comedy, student theater, dance, storytelling, and lots more, including end-of-semester performances by groups like Oberlin Steel. The Cat serves its famous giant cookies, along with assorted coffees, juices, and teas.