Pinball in Ohio
Ohio is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors, but this Midwestern state has a lot to offer. From big cities like Cincinnati and Cleveland to quaint small towns, Ohio has something for everyone. And if you're a fan of pinball, Ohio is definitely the place to be.
The Buckeye State is home to a surprisingly diverse pinball scene, with leagues, big tournaments, and conventions held every year.
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Past Times Arcade
Step into the captivating time warp that is Past Times Arcade. A veritable treasure trove of nostalgia and fun, this retro-inspired gaming haven harbors an astonishing collection of over 300 pinball machines and 150 classic arcade games. As if plucked from the dazzling decades of arcade glory, every game, spanning nearly a hundred years of production, is a beautiful memento of gaming heritage.
Whether you’re yearning for the clinking and clanging of the electro-mechanical pinball era or hungering for the high-speed thrill of today's latest releases, Past Times Arcade caters to all. Maintained impeccably and in pristine working order, these machines offer an undiluted, authentic gaming experience
Pinball Garage in Hamilton, OH is no longer an actual garage, but it is where entrepreneur Brad Baker invented the VPcabs Virtual Panel – digital pinball games in traditional cabinets that you may have seen pitched on Shark Tank. The Pinball Garage collection includes old classics like Harlem Globetrotters and new favorites like Stranger Things and Jurassic Park, as well as a few arcade classics. Live entertainment, BBQ on the menu, and a full bar with a solid draft beer selection make the Pinball Garage a fun place to bring the kids or a hot date.
Game Cycle in Springfield, OH is a buy-sell-trade game store dealing in console games, movies, and music, but the locals know it as a great little arcade where you can still play for a quarter. Play Popeye pinball, show off on Guitar Hero, or try your hand at Tempest. There’s even a working Milton Bradley Vectrex Video Game Console on display here!
Pins Mechanical Company (Columbus)
Pins Mechanical Co has three floors and a patio full of entertainment in downtown Columbus, OH. Foosball, patio pong, ping pong, duckpin bowling, ring toss, jenga, arcade games and the best pinball selection in town all in a sleek environment with several bars serving craft cocktails and beer. There’s even a giant slide to get back downstairs! Pins is a cashless bar, and a few games are absolutely free to play.
Southland Lanes (Middleburg Heights)
Southland Lanes in Middleburg Heights, OH is an essential go-to for pinball on Cleveland’s west side. Vintage feel but modern quality bowling lanes, and the same is true of their pinball collection – these well maintained machines from all eras play like new. Sure, some people bowl here, but some also head straight to that sweet little pinball room.
Pins Mechanical Company (Easton Town Center)
Pins Mechanical Co in Easton Town Center in Columbus, OH has three floors of foosball, duckpin bowling, ping pong, and patio pong, plus over 30 pinball machines including Theatre of Magic, Scared Stiff, Hurricane, and Phantom of the Opera. There are three full bars and rotating food trucks, but you can also bring your own food. Take advantage of the outdoor area and firepits, and don’t miss sliding out at the end of your visit. Kids must be accompanied by adults.
Arcade Legacy Sharonville
Arcade Legacy now has a new location open. It is an all-you-can-play model with pinball and arcade consoles. They also have a premium pinball college. Food and beverages will be coming soon.
Kidforce Collectibles is more than an awesome comic book and collectible toy store. They also have over 20 pinball games. Pinball games include new and classic games. They also have role playing and board games to satisfy other gaming cravings.
Quarter Up Bar Arcade
Quarter-Up is a bar arcade space to play, eat, and drink. Quarter-Up has a collection of 78 games, including 18 pinball machines and a foosball table. They do have kid-friendly hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Quarter-Up also holds 21+ pinball tournaments. For food, they have a complete menu that includes appetizers, hot dogs, brats, sandwiches, and burgers. For drinks, they offer a full-service bar with craft beer. At Quarter-up, people of all ages enjoy the games and good food.
Level One Bar + Arcade (Columbus)
Level One Bar + Arcade in Columbus, OH is an 80’s themed bar where arcade games are free if you’re drinking and pinball is only 50 cents. Level One is small and locally owned and serves up local craft beers and cocktails. Pinball includes games like Medieval Madness, Iron Maiden, Deadpool, Tales from the Crypt, and Banzai Run and are all well maintained. Bring a date or join a league!
Cartridge Gaming in Lima, OH is a retro gaming store specializing in console gaming – until the owner got bit by the pinball bug. Now Cartridge gaming has more than 20 pinball machines (Dialed In Limited Edition, Firepower and Jurassic Park), three arcade classics (Galaga, Centipede and Ms.Pac Man) and two multi game machines. It happens to the best gaming stores.
Stonehedge Family Fun Center
Stonehedge Entertainment Center has it all: bowling, miniature golf (seasonal), new and nostalgic video games, and pinball machines. The pinball collection has some of the rarest machines. It includes Blacknight 3000, Stranger Things, and Willie Wonka. They also have a full-service bar, and "Kim's Grille" features pizza and other food. It is a perfect place for a family night out or a fun date night.
Birdfish Brewing Co.
Birdfish Brewing Co. is a great brewery with 20+ pinball machines. The pinball collection covers a variety of newer games. For the brewery, it has indoor and outdoor space with lots of different beer and ciders available. They also have food trucks on site.
Rack It Up
Rack It Up has fun for the whole family. They have classic video arcade games, pinball, air hockey, skee ball, pool tables, and more. They have 20 pinball machines. Rack It Up serves colossal sandwiches, pizza, and a full-service bar with a variety of craft and domestic beer.
MadCap Brew Co
Madcap Brew Co. is a taproom that includes pinball machines, skee ball, pool tables, and a few other games. They are located in an old machine shop from the late 1940s, so they have a vintage yet modern industrial feel. They do not serve food, but sometimes there are food trucks, and they welcome outside food. Dogs are only allowed on the patio. Madcap Brew Co. has 15,000 square feet to have fun, play, and enjoy a great beer with friends and family.