It is easy to sometimes forget how far things can progress in a short time with a little effort, some great buddies, and a great community built up around pinball!!!!
Just 4 years ago there was no quality pinball to be played in our town. Dirty, broken, beat up games were the norm and only 1 or 2 games in a location. On a whim and a bet myself and a couple buddies decided to change that. What started with 1 location and only 4 quality pins has quickly grown to 4 locations and 35+ pins! We strive to keep them playing 100% and address issues as they arrise. It has been a lot of fun and I have learned a ton! Every quarter dropped goes right back into maintainence and new games to bring more pinball to the people.
I feel very fortunate to be part of this crazy trip and also for all the new friends I have met because of it. We have really seen a community bloom out of nothing and that is what it is all about, the PEOPLE! So many fun and cool folks that I would not know if it wasn't for these silly games.
Just feeling a bit restorspective today and wanted to share. Thanks to everyone that has helped pinball grow in Madison and made it all possible!
We started with this location, Pooleys. A sweet sports bar with room for 4 games. The lineup has changed and steadily evolves but has always been 4 deep. Some solid tables and a great place for a pint and sports memorbilia all over
Next came Schwoeglers. We started with 4 which rapidly grew to take over the concourse with 8 and then more in the bar; at 13 now. The location is a bowling alley and bar. Great WI vibe, huge beers, and a selection of everything from EMs all the way to Dialed In! Pretty cool to be able to play so many era of games in one spot.
Third was Alt Brew a gluten free brewery and tap room (they serve gluten beer also form all over the state and fantastic nachos). This location is a favorite as the back room is all pinball and a great place to go on a quite day and be able to hear and really dig into a game.
9 games now and feature some oddballs like Atlantis, Aliens and soon a 2 player Joust.
4th spot is the recently opened Maria's / Art-In. A music venue with a HUGE range of bands in the back room (everything from screamO to bluegrass to jazz to ? in a single week) 9 pins now and more to come. Everything from an awesome pop-a-card EM all the way to the newest SWpro! Also and ICB for those fiends. Consumat eastside Madison hip with a nice beer selection and now liquor license. In the same building is the Parched Eagle taproom which is a nice break for a pint of local brew also.