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Top (10) pinball venues ?


By tasker

4 months ago



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    #1 4 months ago

    At league night a couple weeks ago, my group was brainstorming a bucket list of top (10) pinball venues to visit.
    Top criteria included breadth of collection, quality of machines, and fun vibe (which is a little hard to qualify).

    Any favorites from this list that I might have missed?
    And any standouts that rise to the top for you?

    Thanks for any feedback you care to contribute

    Sunshine Laundromat, Brooklyn NY
    Silverball Museum Arcade, Asbury Park NJ
    Roanoke pinball museum, Roanoke, VA
    Asheville Pinball Museum, Asheville NC
    Pennsylvania Coin-Op Gaming Hall of Fame, Hopewell PA
    PAPA World Headquarters, Pittsburgh PA
    Pinball Replay FX, Pittsburgh PA
    Pinball Gallery, Malvern PA
    Ann Arbor Pinball Show & Musem (VFW), Ann Arbor, MI
    Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids MI
    Logan Arcade, Chicago IL
    1-Up, Denver, CO
    Pinballz Arcade, Austin TX
    Pinball Hall of Fame, Las Vegas NV
    Seattle Pinball Museum, Seattle WA
    Add A Ball, Seattle, WA
    Pacific Pinball Museum, Alameda CA
    Museum of Pinball, Banning CA

    #2 4 months ago

    Replay Museum, Tarpon Springs, Florida

    #3 4 months ago

    All great choices!!

    27
    #4 4 months ago

    I'm sad. SS Billiards didn't make the bucket list.

    What could be a more fun vibe then me telling jokes about your mother ?

    LTG : (

    Edited to include currently 22 pinball machines. I've been running it 46 3/4 years.

    #5 4 months ago

    Lyons Classic Pinball, Lyons, Colorado

    and there are actually three 1-UP Locations in Denver now. For Pinball I would rank them:
    1UP Colfax
    1UP Greenwood Village
    1UP Lodo

    #6 4 months ago

    I was not aware of Replay Museum here in my own state. Thanks, I will have to check it out. But by far the best place I have ever been to play pinball on the whole planet is The Pinball Palace in Brunswick, GA.

    #7 4 months ago

    CP Pinball, Roxanna IL

    Added 126 days ago:

    100 pins on site

    #8 4 months ago

    Music City Pinball is in the process of building something special. Should be ready in August or September.

    #9 4 months ago

    Silverball Museum in Delray Beach, FL

    #10 4 months ago

    Titletown, Depere Wi. 60 games in good working order and expanding soon.

    #11 4 months ago

    Next Level in Hillsboro, Oregon. I've got my eye on airfares into PDX and when the price is right I'm heading out there to play for the weekend.

    I'm not sure the 1Ups in Denver are "bucket list" worthy. While many people enjoy visiting them, they are a bar first, an arcade second, and pinballs are third.

    #12 4 months ago
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    #13 4 months ago

    CP Pinball in Roxanna, IL is pretty darn amazing.
    1up in Colorado
    The Silver Ballroom in St. Louis is how you do it.

    #14 4 months ago
    Quoted from starfighter:

    CP Pinball, Roxanna IL

    Hell yes,CP Pinball is the best!
    Hi Chuck

    -1
    #15 4 months ago
    Quoted from poppapin:

    Replay Museum, Tarpon Springs, Florida

    Had high hopes going there. NOTHING was leveled. And it wasn’t a tiny bit. It made games unplayable.

    The flooors in this place were messed up making leveling a nightmare. And a lot of games were a mess. Flippers not working. Things not right.

    Def not worthy of top ten

    #16 4 months ago

    There’s a place in Grandy NC called Flippers which is killer. Even a BBB!

    #17 4 months ago
    Quoted from tlukka:

    But by far the best place I have ever been to play pinball on the whole planet is The Pinball Palace in Brunswick, GA.

    Pinball Palace (freeplay museum) has a world class collection, specializing in newer "LE" titles from Stern, CGC, JJP, Spooky, but pins from every era as well. Always friendly and never a wait there.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/map/where-to-play/10725-the-pinball-palace-brunswick-ga

    #18 4 months ago

    Also

    Pocketeer Pinball in buffalo.

    Amazing collection. All pins play great too.

    #19 4 months ago

    SS Billiards in Hopkins, MN: http://www.ssbilliards.com
    Tilt Pinball Bar in Minneapolis, MN: http://www.tiltpinballbar.com

    #20 4 months ago

    My 5 tops are

    lyons classic pinball in Lyons CO
    Tilt in Minneapolis Minnesota
    Logan arcade in Chicago
    IO Arcade in Madison
    Add a ball in Seattle

    #21 4 months ago

    Gameseum - Eprhata, PA

    #22 4 months ago
    Quoted from jahbarron:

    Gameseum - Eprhata, PA

    bout spit my coffee out haha

    #23 4 months ago

    Cidercade in Dallas. 24 pins; a lot of them are LE titles

    #24 4 months ago

    Tappers Bar; Indianapolis, Indiana
    Silver Ballroom; St. Louis, Mo
    The Sinking Ship; Indianapolis, Indiana

    #25 4 months ago

    Next level, in hillsboro ore, is great!! Over 125 pins, at least that many vid games and always adding. Super clean and great people. Highly recommend!!!!

    #26 4 months ago

    My choices are mostly for the vibe as opposed to the number of machines.

    Pokey's Pinball Cafe - Saskatoon, SK
    North Star - Montreal, QC
    House of Targ - Ottawa, ON
    Shorty's - Seattle, WA
    PinBar - Calgary, AB

    #27 4 months ago

    Yes to Pacific Pinball Museum.

    Also Free Gold Watch, San Francisco

    #28 4 months ago

    8bit arcade in Renton, WA
    The Triple knock, Tacoma, WA

    Around 25 machines at both these places kept in decent condition.

    #29 4 months ago

    Next Level in Hillsboro. Lots of great games, excellent condition, clean, and lots of room to move around.

    #30 4 months ago

    Next Level is incredible.

    Also Dutch Pinball Museum if your open to traveling outside the US.

    #31 4 months ago

    Haven’t seen Fort Wayne Pinball. About 70 machines in awesome condition.

    #32 4 months ago

    Silver ball Osaka

    #33 4 months ago

    Helicon Brewery is probably the best public pinball location in Pennsylvania.

    #34 4 months ago

    I was amazed at Cactus Jack’s in Oklahoma City. 50+ pins in immaculate condition. It felt like I was playing brand new Twilight Zone, Addams, Congo, Bride of Pinbot, Demolition man, etc. Even Eight Ball Deluxe looked pretty great. Good mix of old and new games.

    Stopped by on a business trip and can’t wait to wind up in OKC again someday.

    #35 4 months ago

    Here’s my rankings of the places I’ve been:

    1. Sunshine Laundry - Great atmosphere and the games are always in great shape. They also keep a high percentage of rare or LE games on site.
    2. Pinball Gallery - Malvern, PA - Very large selection of games from all eras. 95% of the games are always working.
    3. MOMs Organic Market - College Park, MD - Nice selection of games. Cool atmosphere since it’s hidden away in the back of a super market. Free coffee and tea at the customer service desk of the store.
    4. Cidercade - Dallas, TX - Great barcade with interesting alcoholic cider choices. Nice selection of games with most in great shape. There’s usually one or two that have problems. Wide variety of other games.
    5. Free Gold Watch - San Francisco, CA - Good selection with games in great shape.
    6. Railroad Bar and Grill - Linfield, PA - Not a great game selection, but they’re always in great shape. The beer selection is great. Just a real comfortable place to hangout and have a beer or two.
    7. Rock Fantasy - Middletown, NY - Good selection of games. Cool atmosphere.
    8. Padavan’s - St. Charles, MO - Smallish game selection, but they have beer which makes up for a limited amount of games.
    9. What’s Brewing - San Antonio - Good range of games from different eras. Good atmosphere with coffee shop feel makes it a comfortable place to hangout.
    10. Morristown Game Vault - Morristown, NJ - Not great, but it’s close to work if I want to play after I finish up for the day.

    #36 4 months ago
    Quoted from Mizzou0103:

    Here’s my rankings of the places I’ve been:
    1. Sunshine Laundry - Great atmosphere and the games are always in great shape. They also keep a high percentage of rare or LE games on site.
    2. Pinball Gallery - Malvern, PA - Very large selection of games from all eras. The 95% of the games are always working.
    3. MOMs Organic Market - College Park, MD - Nice selection of games. Cool atmosphere since it’s hidden away in the back of a super market. Free coffee and tea at the customer service desk of the store.
    4. Cidercade - Dallas, TX - Great barcade with interesting alcoholic cider choices. Nice selection of games with most in great shape. There’s usually one or two that have problems. Wide variety of other games.
    5. Free Gold Watch - San Francisco, CA - Good selection with games in great shape.
    6. Railroad Bar and Grill - Linfield, PA - Not a great game selection, but they’re always in great shape. The beer selection is great. Just a real comfortable place to hangout and have a beer or two.
    7. Rock Fantasy - Middletown, NY - Good selection of games. Cool atmosphere.
    8. Padavan’s - St. Charles, MO - Smallish game selection, but they have beer which makes up for a limited amount of games.
    9. What’s Brewing - San Antonio - Good range of games from different eras. Good atmosphere with coffee shop feel makes it a comfortable place to hangout.
    10. Morristown Game Vault - Morristown, NJ - Not great, but it’s close to work if I want to play after I finish up for the day.

    Gotta get you to Helicon Brewing. Great beer and game selection.

    #37 4 months ago
    Quoted from Blackbeard:

    There’s a place in Grandy NC called Flippers which is killer. Even a BBB!

    I go every year, just spent a few hours playing at flippers a couple of days ago! Pics of the current line up! The games that aren’t turned on are in the back room, you just have to run them on yourself. Lots of arcade games too and laser tag. The arcade is inside of a gas station.

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    #38 4 months ago

    How about editing your posts to include the number of pins currently at each location?

    #39 4 months ago
    Quoted from PinballManiac40:

    How about posting the number of pins currently at each location?

    Think Helicon has 45 games at the moment.

    #40 4 months ago
    Quoted from athenspin:

    I go every year, just spent a few hours playing at flippers a couple of days ago! Pics of the current line up! The games that aren’t turned on are in the back room, you just have to run them on yourself. Lots of arcade games too and laser tag. The arcade is inside of a gas station.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    Flippers is the BEST!!!

    #41 4 months ago
    Quoted from cjmjmm2006:

    Gotta get you to Helicon Brewing. Great beer and game selection.

    I’m considering a trip to Replay FX and would definitely add Helicon on to that trip.

    #42 4 months ago
    Quoted from PinballT:

    Flippers is the BEST!!!

    Always such a great line up!

    #43 4 months ago

    Pins mechanical brewery in Dublin and Columbus! Great selection of pins at both locations, arcade games, duck bowling, table pong, pool, full bars, like an adult Disney land!!

    #44 4 months ago

    I didn't feel like Pinballz in Austin was in any way special outside of the sheer number of games. More than half were broken or unleveled, and the atmosphere was pretty dull. I'm in Seattle though, so we're a bit spoiled.

    #45 4 months ago

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands: http://www.dutchpinballmuseum.com/
    Budapest, Hungary: http://www.flippermuzeum.hu/en/

    #46 4 months ago

    The Retro Arcade in Sharon, PA is my favorite Western PA location. They keep their games pristine, and I have never been in there wishing that a flipper be replaced, a scoop fixed or a playfield cleaned. They have the most pristine set of pins that I have played.

    There are between 45 and 50 pins there, including recent games from JJP, Stern, American Pinball, Spooky and CGC. Their collection is System 11 pins and newer. They are also the only location I am aware of in the area to have all JJP pins on location.

    #47 4 months ago

    Pinballz has three locations.
    Original
    Lake Creek
    Pinballz Kingdom- (Buda, far south edge of Austin).
    If your list is 'places you should make a special trip to go play' then none of them qualify. If you're in Austin anyway the original is worth a visit.
    Pinballmap.com has current data for many Austin locations.

    #48 4 months ago
    Quoted from athenspin:

    I go every year, just spent a few hours playing at flippers a couple of days ago! Pics of the current line up! The games that aren’t turned on are in the back room, you just have to run them on yourself. Lots of arcade games too and laser tag. The arcade is inside of a gas station.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    God I miss that place!
    I did an interview with David looong ago!

    #49 4 months ago

    Must add Pinball Palace in Brunswick GA

    #50 4 months ago

    I have heard great things about Flippers.

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