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Shelter Arcade Bar - Providence, RI (FREE PINBALL EVERYDAY!)


By Quint

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

Shelter Arcade Bar
111 Dike St.
Providence, RI 02909

www.shelterarcadebar.com
www.facebook.com/shelterarcadebar

The Shelter recently went free to play every day, pinball and arcade machines. No cover.

Current hours Thursday-Sunday 6:30pm-12am

They have also joined the New England Pinball League, they will be playing on Sundays alternating with Js Pizza.

Pinball:
Royal Rumble
Ghostbusters
Walking Dead
Jurassic Park
Pabst Can Crusher
South Park
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Lord of the Rings
Star Trek (Stern)
Theater of Magic
Demolition Man

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Just to avoid any confusion.
I am not associated in any way with the bar.

#2 3 years ago

Glad you guys found a location. NY System Weiners and pinball. I think there's a reason to go home and visit my friends/family!

#3 3 years ago

I can't wait!

#4 3 years ago

From their FB page: First preview of the space.
According to the comments, The Shelter will be in the annex building on the backside of Fête Music Hall. There will be a 50 inch TV in the back of the room for consoles.

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4 weeks later
#5 3 years ago

They've posted the following update:
You all have been very patient, but it's finally time to announce - Shelter Arcade Bar will officially be open to the public seven days a week beginning Friday, June 10th. Grand Opening party details soon to follow.

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#6 3 years ago

Head for the shelter!

3 weeks later
#7 2 years ago

Game List -

Arcade Machines:
X-Men (4 player)
The Simpsons (4 player)
Gauntlet Legends (4 player)
NBA Hangtime (4 player)
Big Buck Hunter II: Sportsman’s Paradise
Out Run
Hang On
After Burner
Area 51
Revolution X
Virtua Fighter II
Soul Edge
Primal Rage
Virtua Cop
Burger Time
Arkanoid
Galaga
Donkey Kong
Frogger
Ms Pac Man
Centipede

Pinball Machines:
The Addams Family
Batman Dark Knight
Bram Stroker’s Dracula
Guns and Roses
Whirlwind
The Championship Pub
Cirqus Voltaire
Tales From the Crypt
Lost In Space
The X Files
South Park
World Cup Soccer ‘94
NBA Fastbreak
Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein

#8 2 years ago

Opening Plans
SHELTER ARCADE BAR·TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

When does Shelter Arcade Bar open to the public?
Shelter will open to the public on Friday, June 10th, and will be open 4 PM to 1 AM seven days a week thereafter.

Will there be an opening party?
Yes! We will be planning a night of fun, drinks, music, and free games for some time shortly after we open to public. Watch the Facebook page for an RSVP link. It will be a first come, first serve event.

How much will games cost?
Shelter Arcade Bar will be a classic arcade, with video games costing $0.25 and pinball $0.50

Will I need to bring quarters?
We will have change machines on site to change your bills into quarters and an ATM will be available to take out cash.

Will the bar really be ready for June 10th?
Absolutely. We will be able to open the bar and the game floor from June 10th forward while we put some finishing touches on the decoration and design. Shelter Arcade Bar will be your hangout, and we’d love to hear your ideas on what we should do with it next, what games we should rotate in, and what beers you’d like to see on the menu.

Will there be food?
Yes, Shelter Arcade Bar has a kitchen and chef, and we will be service gaming inspired pub food “Power Ups” during specific hours of operation that will be decided based on demand.

2 weeks later
#9 2 years ago

From Facebook:
"UPDATE: we invite you as we open this weekend Friday and Saturday for a soft opening of Shelter Arcade Bar from 6-close! We'll be serving craft cans and arcade themed cocktails.
We had hoped to be open 7 days a week from here out. Our kegerator broke two days before opening, and electrical delays prevented us from painting, but we wanted to open for the weekend anyhow! We'll close next week to finish the work and keep you updated on more opening dates ASAP. Keep watching for Grand Opening Party plans as well with music, free games, and more!"

#10 2 years ago

Sweet. I will be making the trip from Boston soon to check it out. We are lucky to have a good pinall scene around here but we need more barcades!

Jack

#11 2 years ago

I visited Shelter last night to preview the space and I have to say, they did an awesome job! They put a lot of games in there without it feeling cramped and all the games were in good working order. All the flippers are strong and the games play fast and furiously. There were a lot of people in my age group (mid-late 20s) reliving the days of arcades long gone with plenty of younger kids and older adults were there enjoying the games too. All in all, a great vibe and atmosphere.
I enjoyed the themed cocktails; my friend had a "Donkey Kong" which was a twist on a traditional whiskey sour. As is, the place is great. Once they put the finishing touches on the place (painting, kitchen, etc) it'll be even better.
-Doug

Added over 3 years ago: Addendum: Apparently, Shelter will be 21+ when it is open full-time.

#12 2 years ago
Quoted from halflip87:

As is, the place is great. Once they put the finishing touches on the place (painting, kitchen, etc) it'll be even better.
-Doug

Thanks for the update

1 month later
#13 2 years ago

From their Facebook page:
"Shelter Arcade Bar: Excited to announce that we're changing our weekly hours to include Sundays, with a special surprise: #freepinballsundays with all pins set to free play, a round of PinGolf to win a $25 bar tab, and more! Come on out Sundays to compete or practice on our 13 pinball machines!"

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3 weeks later
#14 2 years ago

We stopped by last Saturday night and the place was packed, lots of action in the selfie league that night! Took my wife and talked her into joining the league and then she went and beat me on four out of the five tables. Not very nice, lol. We may stop in on Sunday to take advantage of the free play and hopefully improve our scores.

#15 2 years ago

Newsletter update:

Thank you!

We have had an absolutely awesome first two months at Shelter Arcade Bar and that is entirely thanks to all of you who have made Shelter a regular hang out for you and your friends. We have a lot of exciting progress coming up that we can't wait to share with all of you.

​HOURS

You may have noticed that we were experimenting with hours and days in the first few months. As with every new business, we need to figure out what days and times will be the best for us to be open. As of right now, our hours are as follows:

Thursday - Sunday 6:30 PM - 1 AM (or until the crowd dies down)

We plan to expand those hours, finally open our kitchen, and add more days of operation once the fall hits when students return and those beach days begin to dwindle. Imagine this winter when it's freezing out, being able to have a warm place to hang that has video games and alcohol and all of your friends?

FREE PINBALL SUNDAYS

For several weeks now, we've been having #freepinballsundays with all of the pins being set to Free Play, and it's been a huge success! We also plan to begin a weekly "How to Play" session for beginners and avid players alike, discussing game rule sets, how to control the ball, and how to earn higher points on each machine. Plans are also in the works to put together a Providence Pinball League, which will compete on a regional and national level. More on that later! In the meantime, come by each and every Sunday for free pinball!

KITCHEN

Opening our kitchen has been a challenge, but we're working on a menu and staff and plan to have the kitchen open for after-work hours into late night by this September. We're all looking forward to being able to offer quality eats to make Shelter an even better place to hang!

...and MORE

We have a bunch of things on our list for the upcoming weeks, including a sign for the front as well as a cool design for the entrance, painting and artwork inside, TVs hooked up to Amazon FireTV playing 80s and 90s classics, movie nights, vintage consoles at the booths, and more seating. Shelter is a work in progress, and it will only get better and better.

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon! Feel free to respond with any feedback or ideas!

Game on,

Mike

#16 2 years ago

Excellent news that it is going well! We try to stop in when we can, it gets tough when you have kids. A Providence Pinball League sounds nice as well. Still hoping for at least one day a week with earlier hours for post-work gatherings. Otherwise it has been a fun two months!

3 weeks later
#17 2 years ago

The Shelter recently made some changes to their tables and they now have Judge Dredd, T2, Lord of the Rings and Ghostbusters Pro!

Sunday nights continue to be free Pinball nights and starting September 11 also will have one night $1 PinGolf tournaments.

2 weeks later
#18 2 years ago

Updated Games List:

Pinball Machines:Street Fighter II
High Speed 2: The Getaway
Lord of the Rings
Terminator 2
Ghostbusters Pro
Creature From the Black Lagoon
Judge Dredd
White Water
Tales From the Crypt
The X Files
South Park
World Cup Soccer ‘94
NBA Fastbreak

Arcade Machines:

X-Men (4 player)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4 player)
Gauntlet Legends (4 player)
NBA Hangtime (4 player)
Big Buck Hunter II: Sportsman’s Paradise
After Burner
Area 51
Revolution X
Virtua Fighter II
Soul Edge
Virtua Cop
TRON
Arkanoid
Galaga
Donkey Kong
Frogger
Ms Pac Man
Space Invaders
Raiden 2
Street Fighter II
Mortal Kombat
Silent Scope

Coming in October:

NFL Blitz '99 (4 player)
San Francisco Rush 2049 (linked pair for head to head racing)
Time Crisis 3 (linked pair)

1 year later
#19 1 year ago

The Shelter recently went free to play every day, pinball and arcade machines. No cover.

Current hours Thursday-Sunday 6:30pm-12am

They have also joined the New England Pinball League, they will be playing on Sundays alternating with Js Pizza.

Pinball:
Royal Rumble
Ghostbusters
Walking Dead
Jurassic Park
Pabst Can Crusher
South Park
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Lord of the Rings
Star Trek (Stern)
Theater of Magic
Demolition Man

#20 1 year ago

Jeez, how is Mike making any money?? He has some amazing games. The place is packed when I'm in town. I think he's throwing good revenue or repair money away not at least charging 50 cents a play.

#21 1 year ago
Quoted from Matesamo:

The Shelter recently went free to play every day, pinball and arcade machines. No cover.
Current hours Thursday-Sunday 6:30pm-12am
They have also joined the New England Pinball League, they will be playing on Sundays alternating with Js Pizza.
Pinball:
Royal Rumble
Ghostbusters
Walking Dead
Jurassic Park
Pabst Can Crusher
South Park
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Lord of the Rings
Star Trek (Stern)
Theater of Magic
Demolition Man

When does their next league session start? What time on sumdays?

#22 1 year ago
Quoted from docquest:

When does their next league session start? What time on sumdays?

Starts this Sunday, January 14th at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm for warmups and sign ups.

Its part of the NEPL so there is a $30 one-time league fee and then nothing for the nights at Shelter as all machines are free. If you wind up going make sure you say hi!

#23 1 year ago
Quoted from wxforecaster:

Jeez, how is Mike making any money?? He has some amazing games. The place is packed when I'm in town. I think he's throwing good revenue or repair money away not at least charging 50 cents a play.

Those college kids! They have no money to play arcade games but can drop $40 each on beer, lol.

#24 1 year ago

Mike did a super quick blurb on the radio.

“Our repair costs have been down as we've settled into our collection,” said Shelter’s owner Mike Maven. “Now, we want to pay it forward to our loyal customers who have kept us gaming and having fun.”

http://www.990wbob.com/wbob-reads/keep-your-quarters-ris-first-arcade-bar-switches-to-free-play-for-all-games

1 month later
#25 1 year ago

Mike changed the game selection a bit:

Added:
Addams Family
Metallica

Carrying Over:
Royal Rumble
Ghostbusters
Walking Dead
Jurassic Park
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Lord of the Rings
Star Trek (Stern)
Demolition Man

Left:
Theater of Magic
South Park
Pabst Can Crusher

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