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Whats the Cooliest location you have played?

By TwoHeartedMale

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    #1 5 years ago

    I'd like to know what you all consider the Coolest Location you have played pinball at? This can be any location that has pin's, from your past to present. expected or unexpected, Worth the travel?, Good prices?, Good atmosphere?, what makes a location good? Tell us your experience's and post photos!

    My top 3, ATM.

    1. VFW, Hands down the best collection, in the best shape, IN THE WORLD!!! if you disagree that means you haven't seen it with your own eyes. Clay is the best at what he does and this Collection is the best EVER! only problem is its only open to public one weekend out of the year, but its worth what ever it takes to make it! you can't miss this! http://vfwpinball.com/

    2. Budapest Pinball Museum, I was in Budapest on a backpacking trip, during a rainy afternoon I was searching for "in-door fun" and was pleasantly surprised to find the Budapest Pinball Museum "Europe's largest pinball collection". The building is super cool with a "dungeon" feel, and great use of pinball parts as decoration. They had a lot of great and rare pinballs. A lot of pins from Europe that I've never seen before, including a "Sexy Girls"!!! Its a great price, about 13$(U.S.) gets you a wristband for up to 12 hours of free play, save your wristbands cus if you go 3 times the 4th is free! the wristband allows you to leave and return as much as you want, so your able to make a whole day of pinball! http://www.flippermuzeum.hu/hu/

    3. St. Louis City Museum, This place is amazing! no words can do it justice. This may be my Favorite place on the planet. I'd love to tell you about it but, well you just have to see it with your own eyes. Its basically just a Huge 10 Story building that a "mad Genius" turned into the greatest Jungle Gym/Fun House. Its not just for kids, with its 4 Hidden bars and open past midnight on weekends. I've gone there 3 times and it wasn't until the last time that I finally discovered a hidden bar full of vintage pinball machines, including the biggest collection of pitch and bats I've ever seen. all in great shape, all for only .25cents. There is no map, so bring a flash light, good shoes, and your inner child. https://www.citymuseum.org/

    Runners up ( honorable mention)

    Cabin Fever Toronto CA. This place is sooooo pinball. Tiny place with nothing but pinheads and pinball, Great music and Drinks. oh and one bad ass owner! This place makes me want to move to Toronto! http://www.cabinfeverco.ca/

    Head Quarters Chicago (both locations) This was the first BarCade I ever went too. i'll never forget that night, pure magic! This place is for adults who want to take a trip back to the wonder years. Great Drinks, pinball on freeplay. Its often over crowed on weekends but yea its worth it. http://www.hqbeercade.com/

    #2 5 years ago

    The campground at the Golden State Pinball Festival. People hanging out at their campsites with a couple of pins setup. Drop in, have a drink, play some games. A super chill way to enjoy pinball outside.

    Then play in the midnight madness tournament under the stars

    #3 5 years ago
    Quoted from Cheddar:

    The campground at the Golden State Pinball Festival. People hanging out at their campsites with a couple of pins setup. Drop in, have a drink, play some games. A super chill way to enjoy pinball outside.
    Then play in the midnight madness tournament under the stars

    Outdoor pinball?!?!?!?! That is super cool, such a California thing! lol

    #4 5 years ago

    Out in my garage in the middle of winter with the door open.

    Brrrrrrr.....

    #5 5 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Out in my garage in the middle of winter with the door open.
    Brrrrrrr.....

    Lol yea ive heard about them cold cali winters

    #6 5 years ago

    There is a non profit pinball museum in north myrtle beach, S.C. my kids and I went to. They had just over 2 dozen machines and we had a blast. You pay an entry free and the games are set to free play. Their proceeds go to make a wish and St. Jude children hospital.

    #7 5 years ago
    Quoted from Homebar124:

    There is a non profit pinball museum in north myrtle beach, S.C. my kids and I went to. They had just over 2 dozen machines and we had a blast. You pay an entry free and the games are set to free play. Their proceeds go to make a wish and St. Jude children hospital.

    Do you remember the name of it? maybe post a website link.

    #8 5 years ago

    Yegpin Edmonton. There is bigger ones out west but Yegpin is a blast 100 plus pins arcades great time every time.

    #9 5 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Out in my garage in the middle of winter with the door open.
    Brrrrrrr.....

    That’s funny as shit. I wouldn’t dare do that out here.

    #10 5 years ago

    This area opens up to the outdoor patio area Im standing outside taking the pictures. Diviera Drive in Brooklyn! Adding this CPR'd Space Shuttle soon

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    #12 5 years ago

    I really liked going to Dayhuff 's pinball party in November last year. Incredible collection and great group of folks attending thanks to an incredible host who invites anyone willing to make the trek!

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED display boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

    #13 5 years ago

    yellow brick road, university town center, la jolla, ca. [circa 1978]

    its long gone, but had to be one of the 'coolest' arcades because it sat above the ice skating rink. it was the last store front at the end of the food court where the owner also operated the 'hot dog on a stick' restaurant. left of the column in the first photo and the view of the rink below in the second.

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    #14 5 years ago
    Quoted from Twilight1:

    That’s funny as shit. I wouldn’t dare do that out here.

    I'll take the cold winter garage over what it's like in there after the 100+ degree days we've been having lately. Quick way to lose a few pounds though.

    #15 5 years ago

    Blimpey's pad. Hands down, no competition.

    #16 5 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    I'll take the cold winter garage over what it's like in there after the 100+ degree days we've been having lately. Quick way to lose a few pounds though.

    Well -32 C in winter. Friday +39 C it’s a roller coaster out here. It the ac or furnace is running non stop. I’m going to goggle what a 100 is now sounds hot!

    #17 5 years ago
    Quoted from TwoHeartedMale:

    I...
    1. VFW, Hands down the best collection, in the best shape, IN THE WORLD!!! if you disagree that means you haven't seen it with your own eyes. Clay is the best at what he does and this Collection is the best EVER! only problem is its only open to public one weekend out of the year, but its worth what ever it takes to make it! you can't miss this! http://vfwpinball.com/
    .../

    Ditto, pinball mecca on earth. Going back for the 2018 mini show.

    #18 5 years ago

    Wow at least it only one or two days like that out here that are in a row.

    #19 5 years ago
    Quoted from Twilight1:

    Well -32 C in winter. Friday +39 C it’s a roller coaster out here. It the ac or furnace is running non stop. I’m going to goggle what a 100 is now sounds hot!

    39C is over 100F. But we never get near that -32C here. That sounds fricken cold. I'll bet you really have to be prepared for that kind of freeze.

    #20 5 years ago
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    #21 5 years ago
    Quoted from oropuro:

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    That looks like a great time!

    #22 5 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    39C is over 100F. But we never get near that -32C here. That sounds fricken cold. I'll bet you really have to be prepared for that kind of freeze.

    Ya no playing pin in the garage that for sure. Or storing them there that would be a sin.

    #23 5 years ago

    There was a bar at Waikiki a minute or two from the beach that had a Pinbot and a Wizard and something else. I think the knocker on Wizard was starting to bother the bartender as he was giving me dirty looks after an hour or two.

    #24 5 years ago

    There is a place out here in Arizona and he calls it the Pin Emporium I think that is amazing with 70 plus pins. I finished 2nd in his Retroball tournament one a year.

    #25 5 years ago

    Sorry to stray off topic.

    Quoted from o-din:

    39C is over 100F. But we never get near that -32C here. That sounds fricken cold. I'll bet you really have to be prepared for that kind of freeze.

    We get some crazy ass weather here in Canada. One extreme to the next.
    Pretty much the same in Ontario. Just not as cold winters. Only we get
    Massive humidity where I am.
    Hottest day so far this year 105f. With humidity felt like around 115. And coldest -9f. But today and all week supposed to be around 78f. The only problem is with the humidity feels like 93f.
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    #26 5 years ago

    Coolest place for me would have to be the pinball arcade Coolangatta, Gold Coast Australia...Coolie to the locals. I pretty much lived there growing up in the 70's...they tore it down years ago unfortunately along with lots of other cool landmarks in the area. It was packed with pool tables, arcade machines, pachinko machines and of course, lots and lots of Pinball Machines.

    #27 5 years ago

    Mine, beers, sodas , popcorn, snacks and chips are all free. Plus all the tunes playing are on my A list.

    #28 5 years ago

    HQ in Chicago

    #29 5 years ago

    So, if you guys ever visit the Netherlands, visit me in Rotterdam.

    You will be amazed.

    www.dutchpinballmuseum.com

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    #30 5 years ago
    Quoted from Homebar124:

    There is a non profit pinball museum in north myrtle beach, S.C. my kids and I went to. They had just over 2 dozen machines and we had a blast. You pay an entry free and the games are set to free play. Their proceeds go to make a wish and St. Jude children hospital.

    Hello, just signed up here!

    The Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum (https://myrtlebeachpinballmuseum.wordpress.com/) is great, the owner was happy to chat with me about his collection and answer all of my noob questions about care and maintenance of pinball machines. The machines all have historical information placarded on them to tell you things like what year it was produced, who designed it, and how many were made. Everything is in mint condition, so it is well worth a visit and the $ goes to a great cause. '60s EM up to brand new Sterns and JJP Wizard of Oz. Some Williams System 11s, including Swords of Fury.

    One of my other favorites is Pinball Pete's in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (http://www.pinballpetes.net/about.html) No food or alcohol, just a straight-up old school quarter-fed arcade. They have a large collection of pinball machines, mostly solid state from the '80s up to the newest Sterns (a lot of LE models). There are also arcade machines, air hockey, and skee-ball to play.

    #31 5 years ago

    I know it’s generic but I loved playing Tron in Flynn’s arcade at Disneyland in california adventure park.

    #32 5 years ago

    Flynn’s was indeed cool but, ORIGINAL double decker jam-packed Starcade at Disneyland circa 1980-88 was where you wanted to be.
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    Loved riding the escalator up with this baby looming overhead.
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    Honorable mention to the Disneyland Hotel’s “Video Adventure” that was underwater.
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    #33 5 years ago

    Marvin’s in Michigan

    #34 5 years ago
    Quoted from freakandgeek:

    The Pinball Palace

    Can't get enough of TPP!

    I spend a lot of time in MD, and when I do, I always visit VÜK in Bethesda. NY style pizza, Metal Music, Craft beers, no crowds, and every new pin you can think of being rotated through. (all set to $0.50)

    https://pinside.com/pinball/map/where-to-play/9002-vuk-bethesda-md

    #35 5 years ago

    Choosy Mothers, Greensboro NC 1974. Be fun to re-open it just as it was, the dumpy old building is still there.

    #36 5 years ago

    Flippers Arcade OBX and Pinball Gallery PA

    #37 5 years ago

    Costa Rico years ago. A casino had a well worn Bally Playboy, 3 balls for 300 Colones or .50 cents. The legal working girls were 2 balls for $50 or $100 for the night.

    #38 5 years ago

    Chad Kellers basement was a highlight for me.

    #39 5 years ago

    For me. HQ Beercade Chicago, lake view location. Sadly it’s gone now. Second best and now best Logan Arcade in Chicago.

    #40 5 years ago

    Playland in Flint, Michigan on Pasadena Avenue. The other location on M-54 was not as good. Once the Pasadena Ave. location closed, the other location was "good enough" though.

    #41 5 years ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Playland in Flint, Michigan on Pasadena Avenue. The other location on M-54 was not as good. Once the Pasadena Ave. location closed, the other location was "good enough" though.

    what were some of the highlights of "playland", and when did it close its doors?

    #42 5 years ago
    Quoted from tomdrum:

    Costa Rico years ago. A casino had a well worn Bally Playboy, 3 balls for 300 Colones or .50 cents. The legal working girls were 2 balls for $50 or $100 for the night.

    hahahahahhahahah, great prices! planning my trip now!

    #43 5 years ago

    Rock Fantasy in Middletown NY, the best place to go. Awesome people, great pinball lineup that is always changing with a nice mix of the latest/greatest to solid classics. Can't wait to get back up there once I'm done renovating/selling this stupid house haha

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    #44 5 years ago
    Quoted from TwoHeartedMale:

    what were some of the highlights of "playland", and when did it close its doors?

    Playland had aboot 60 pins, a Chicago Coin bigger ball bowler (balls had a thumb hole). Mini Golf and Go Karts. It closed around 1984.

    #45 5 years ago

    Playing Jon Norris's newly released first game 'Diamond Lady' in Steve Kirk's apartment in Chicago for 12 hours with the whitewood of 'Ramp Warrior' next to the Diamond Lady. 30 years ago and one of the coolest places I have ever played. I only wish I would have recorded the conversations that night. Magical.

    #46 5 years ago

    1. Fun and Games, Framingham Massachusetts. 1982. Bunches and bunches of games brand new games all the time. Man, the first time Haunted House hit the floor, wow. I loved always being able to play the newest games.

    2. Pinburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. 2018. I thought I had played a lot of games. Years ago I used to seek out games I hadn’t played. I’ve driven hundreds of miles to drop quarters into a game I’ve never played. But there were a ton of games there that I had never played. It was freaking awesome.

    3. Pinball Wizard, Pelham New Hampshire. So sad they are gone. A few years ago they were awesome. They had a mix of new and old games. I could go there, buy 20 bucks of tokens, play for a while, go grab lunch, come back and play more. It was a cheap day of entertainment and fun. I miss it.

    #47 5 years ago

    Music City Pinball is fantastic and BYOB if you are into that sort of thing.

    #48 5 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    39C is over 100F. But we never get near that -32C here. That sounds fricken cold. I'll bet you really have to be prepared for that kind of freeze.

    That's only 0 F. That's not cold. Come to Alaska and I will show you cold.

    #49 5 years ago

    Tropical Island Golf And Games Fun Park in Greenville, South Carolina. It is now out of business, but it was my parents amusement park when I was a kid. I had many a happy day in my childhood there playing pinball, and the other arcade games. It is a piece of home and youth I will never get back. Good times.

    #50 5 years ago
    Quoted from Tomass:

    That's only 0 F. That's not cold. Come to Alaska and I will show you cold.

    More like -25.5°F.....

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