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    Académie de billard

    Grace and good looks

    Since 1947, this fine hall has sported a billiards sign over the entrance. Some are here purely for the snooker, but for others it’s an excuse to sit with a drink at one of the 16 tables, and savour the surroundings. This lovely building, with its bright stained glass and pilaster-framed panels, was once one of the many “bouillons Duval”. Called after the butcher, Pierre-Louis Duval who invented them, these working class brasseries served up modest victuals such as beef tea, costing just a few pennies.