Pinball in Washington
If you're looking for a place to find some of the best pinball machines in the country, look no further than the state of Washington. This northwestern state is home to a thriving pinball scene, with dozens of pinball arcades and clubs scattered across the state. Around Seattle alone, there are well over 100 different pinball locations to choose from. And it's not just Seattle - pinball is popular all over Washington, from Spokane to Tacoma.
So what makes Washington such a great place for pinball? Part of it has to do with the state's history and culture. There are now hundreds of different pinball machines to choose from, and new games are being released all the time. In addition, Washington is home to several major pinball tournaments each year, attracting players from all over the world.
Whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started, Washington is a great place to enjoy pinball. With so many different locations to choose from and plenty of events to keep you busy, you're sure to find your perfect spot. So come on down and check out the thriving pinball scene in Washington state- you won't be disappointed!
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Seattle Pinball Museum
Hardcore pinball wizards won’t want to miss the Seattle Pinball Museum located in the heart of Chinatown/International District of Seattle, WA. Think of it as an art exhibit with interactive, connective works of art and a docent who is a walking pinball encyclopedia. A brief synopsis is posted near every machine and players must be at least 7 years old to play – though younger family members may come observe. Local craft brews, ciders and vintage sodas are available here, but the main draw is pinball.
The Ice Box
The Ice Box Arcade in Seattle, WA, is a retro adult arcade packed with old-school pinball and video game machines, shuffleboard, pool, air hockey, and a busy events calendar. The Ice Box hosts live music frequently, stand-up comedy, open mics, karaoke, and holiday-themed parties. Enjoy beer, cider, and snacks, and a colorful beer garden open year-round and pet friendly, so bring Fido to cheer you on at the next pinball tournament.
Dorky's Arcade in downtown Tacoma, WA is an arcade experience not to be missed, with nearly every arcade game you can imagine. Pac Man Battle Royale, a Pong table, an entire section dedicated to Star Wars, including the new Star Wars Battle Pod, Space Invaders, and air hockey and foosball. Games take quarters and all ages are welcome until 10p.m. Dorky’s has an insane beer selection of about 300 crafts, imports and ciders, and an impressive menu complete with vegan dishes. Great spot for a date, party or pinball tournament!
Jupiter Bar is an art bar with a large game room located in Belltown, an area of Seattle, WA. With their unique take on Mexican food, two full bars, and murals on the walls, this barcade has a solid collection of pinball games ranging from old to new, as well as stand up arcade games and a pool table, all running on quarters. Grab a postcard from the vending machine so your folks know you were here!
8-Bit Arcade Bar
8 Bit Arcade Bar in Renton, WA, is an awesome 80's vintage throwback arcade with iconic classic arcade games like Ms. Pacman, Galaga, Frogger, and Donkey Kong, as well as modern machines like Minecraft and Luigi’s Haunted Mansion, plus a rotating collection of pinball games. They also serve pizza, milkshakes, and cans of beer.
The Sanctuary of the Silver Ball
The Sanctuary of the Silver Ball is the Northwest Pinball Collective’s membership-based community space in Seattle, WA. The Northwest Pinball Collective is a nonprofit that aims to explore new territory beyond Seattle’s excellent barcade scene. The Sanctuary focuses exclusively on pinball and pinball culture, as well as the needs of its members and the pinball community at large. The Sanctuary holds a rotating selection of 20 free-play pinball machines accessible for members, as well as tournaments, classes, and repair parties.
Formerly a secret pinball speakeasy, Add A Ball is a hidden gem in the Fremont area of Seattle, WA, located across the street from Brouwers on the alley. Add A Ball is a retro dive bar arcade with two floors of video arcade games and glorious old pinball machines. It’s worth visiting just to scope out the quirky decor, but you’ll also find quirky pins like Badcats, Party Animal, and Radical! For an adults-only bar serving up strong drinks, cheap beer, and pizza by the slice, these machines are beautifully maintained. Even the locals will tell you this place is very Seattle.
The Triple Knock
Pinball connoisseurs in Tacoma, WA, know The Triple Knock is the best bar in town to knock a few back, flip a few pins and compare notes with the best flippers in town on how to save that silver ball. Triple Knock’s pinball tournaments include team play, women’s tournaments, and split flipper tournaments. Triple Knock prides itself on being welcoming of everyone, regardless of sex, gender, race, or sexual orientation – as long as you are 21+ and interested in pinball.
Georgetown Pizza & Arcade
Pizza and pinball in an 80’s style arcade. What more do you need? Youngsters and the young at heart will love this winning combination at Georgetown Pizza and Arcade in Seattle, WA. The pizza’s are big enough to satisfy the whole family and they also sell by the slice, plus beer, ciders, and wine. The pinball collection includes older games, such as Xenon and Eight Ball, to recent games, like Game of Thrones, Aerosmith, and Iron Maiden. Georgetown Pizza and Arcade holds weekly tournaments on Thursdays and Sundays. They are family-friendly until 8 pm.
Another Castle: Arcade Edition (Edmonds)
Princess in another castle? You finally found it! Another Castle: Arcade Edition – a video game store and coin-op arcade with classic arcade and pinball machines in Edmonds, WA has all of Mario’s friends, plus classic arcade games, Japanese imported games, and a solid collection of classic and modern pinball. Another Castle is an old school arcade with a cooler full beer, soda, and a few snacks. Play some Dance Dance Revolution, Mrs. Pacman, or Super Mario Bros pinball and be sure to ask about tournaments. This is a great spot to bring the kids!
Admiral Pub is a neighborhood sports bar in West Seattle, WA with darts, skeeball, ping pong, board games, and an awesome lineup of pinball machines. Local pinball enthusiasts regularly host tournaments and leagues here. This dive bar is LGBTQ+ friendly and hosts the occasional drag show, plus trivia, bingo, and karaoke. Admiral serves great burgers and wings, too!
Rat your bangs and don your best stonewash jeans and slouch socks – the 80’s are back in Marysville, WA at Crave 80’s arcade bar. Is there an exact replica of your mom’s living room back when Reagan was president? Check. Boom box on the wall? Check. Is the menu in a Trapper Keeper? Indeed it is. See? It isn’t too late to go back! Come grab a beer and play all your favorite arcade games and pinball machines from the 80’s. Watch the calendar for trivia, karaoke, deejays, leagues and tournaments. Be sure to try the world famous stuffed puffins: hot doughnuts filled with ice cream, with a side of whipped cream and sprinkles. Tell your mom you’ll be out past curfew tonight!
If you’re not afraid of clowns, you’ll love Shorty’s in Seattle, WA. Shorty’s is a whimsical, circus-themed pinball arcade featuring old school arcade games like Joust and Galaga, and a rotating lineup of pinball machines. Shorty’s is probably the only place in the world where it is acceptable to set a drink on a pinball table – the booth’s table, not the cabinet tables. Shorty’s serves a great hot dog and a full bar to anyone who’s over 21.
Olaf’s is a dive bar and live music venue in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Ballard is a hip waterfront neighborhood, and Olaf’s is one of the joints making it so trendy. Nordic and maritime roots run deep, so these sailors literally sculpted a vagina room in which to play classic and modern pinball machines – the entranceway births your game. You’ll see. Also, the food is excellent, the rotating beers always please, and the staff is as charming as the artwork.
Skip the beach and head to Waterland Arcade – a neighborhood arcade bar located in the beautiful Marina district of Des Moines, WA. Get a heady dose of nostalgia from classic arcade games like Q*Bert, PONG, and Galaga and a pinball collection that spans four decades, from Sea Witch to Godzilla. Have a beer at the bar with your feet in the sand and watch the kids play all the games they want for just $10.
Tik Tok's Workshop
Tik Tok’s Workshop in Bremerton, WA is a pinball arcade and steampunk bar where the owners are the local repair guys so these machines are always pristine. Tik Tok’s pinball lineup is a rotating collection with modern machines, but they also like to provide older pins that you may have never played and won’t find anywhere else. The owners work to grow the local pinball community by holding training events as well as walkthroughs of individual games and will even help familiarize you with the internal working of a pinball machine and give you basic troubleshooting pointers! Tik Tok’s is still a bar, so patrons must be 21 and up.
Another Castle: Arcade Edition (Bremerton)
Another Castle Arcade in Edmonds is any age all the time retro arcade. They specialize in retro and new video arcades and pinball machines. They have a large pinball collection, as well as DDR. They have a wide variety of beers and snacks. They have an IFPA pinball tournament on Saturdays and an amateur/kid pinball tournament on Sundays.