Little Havana, 1325 Key Highway, Baltimore 410-837-9903, littlehavanas.com League meets 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays; $30 to register, two to four people per team. Little Havana may be best known for its brunch specials and Cuban sandwiches, but in the winter, Little Havana (in conjunction with City Limits Sports Bar in Locust Point) houses a local shuffleboard table league in which eight teams play tournament style over eight weeks. This isn't cruise ship shuffleboard. It's smaller, for starter. And, of course, much cooler. The object is to slide a weighted puck down a polished board speckled with sand without going over the edges. The farther you go, the more points you score, and you can knock off the other team's pucks along the way. Slow pacing and thoughtful, strategic play isn't uncommon in Little Havana's league. "They're a great bunch of guys, said general manager Scott Donnelly. "It gets us through the quiet months, when outdoor seating isn't available. It's easily the most laid-back bar league in the city." If you're interested in nonleague play, Little Havana's board is available on a first-come, first-served basis pther nights of the week, for free.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun