Where to play Pinball in Boulder CO

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Where to play Pinball in Boulder CO

By vcloverjr

4 years ago

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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by ryanwanger
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    #1 4 years ago

    Title says it all. I'm in Boulder on business looking to find a place to get my fix

    Thanks for any heads up

    #2 4 years ago

    Here's a great way to find out. http://pinballmap.com/colorado

    But, I highly recommend The 1-UP in Downtown Denver. Lots of games; all in perfect order. Food is bar food, but nice beer selection. 30 min from Boulder.


    #3 4 years ago

    Press play on pearl st. I heard they only have a couple pins now.

    Definitely go to Lyons Classic Pinball in Lyons, CO. Only 15 minutes from downtown Boulder. Check the LCP website for their hours before heading there.

    Backcountry Pizza on Arapahoe and Folsom has some pins.

    Tilt Pinball in Louisville,Co is nice. Only 15 minutes from downtown Boulder. Look at their website - just opened earlier this year.

    Enjoy your trip to Boulder

    #4 4 years ago

    I was just in Press Play a short while ago. Only 4 pins. All in good working order though.
    I agree with Rad about making the short trip to Lyons Classic Pinball. Its worth it.

    #5 4 years ago

    Lyons Classic Pinball is absolutely worth the drive from Boulder. Get some dinner and beer at Oskar Blues, and drop $20-40 afterward at LCP. My very favorite pinball place in the world (so far).

    #6 4 years ago
    Quoted from swampfire:

    Lyons Classic Pinball is absolutely worth the drive from Boulder. Get some dinner and beer at Oskar Blues, and drop $20-40 afterward at LCP. My very favorite pinball place in the world (so far).

    +1 LCP is awesome, only 25 mins from Boulder.

    #7 4 years ago

    LCP is the only answer!

    Avoid 1up
    I think there is a newer place in superior/lousiville area?

    #8 4 years ago

    Lyons Classic Pinball is *THE* place. But they are closed Mon-Wed.

    There is a new place up the road in Louisville called Tilt. Have not yet been there. Same goes for M-W.

    In Denver (only about 30min if you avoid rush hours) there is 1up Downtown and 1up Colfax. I much prefer the Colfax location, a little bit cleaner, better for pinball. Both 1up locations are good, they are barcades and crowds get interesting at both. They are open 7d/week.

    If you're here past Wednesday, then LCP is a no-brainer. 15min north of Boulder.


    #9 4 years ago

    Not made it to Lyons as my starting point was always the DTC; too far for me.

    Why the bag on 1up? They have a large assortment of games and they are extremely well cared for. Play perfect. Not sure of the current lineup but I've played: FG, DW, SC, Tron, Stern IJ, CFTBL, MM, Sopranos, Avengers (Hulk), Simpsons (can't remember which), RFM, SWEP1, FT, TAF, AC/DC, Transformers and more.


    #10 4 years ago

    1up is possibly the worst bar staff I have ever incountered. Long story short >> if you don't tip on each drink they may opt to rough you up.

    Just check out online reviews and you will see it is not merely an isolated expereince from when I was there.

    There are better places to play pinball and you don't have to worry about being assulted.

    Esp if in Boulder then go to Lyons where it is possibly the nicest people I have encountered and the best playing games and selection.

    #11 4 years ago

    Dude, tip your bartenders. Every time.

    #12 4 years ago

    Are you sure you are not thinking of another place? in Aurora perhaps??

    "Rough up"?? Really. I've been there at least a dozen times. Never had anything but cool bartenders. The people in the bar can be a little scary looking...but most are there to play games and I've never seen a fight.

    #13 4 years ago

    I did see one guy so drunk he could not walk. He was rude, crude and the bouncer was pretty pleasant the whole time escorting him outside and into a cab.

    #14 4 years ago
    Quoted from am3477:

    Dude, tip your bartenders. Every time.

    cliff notes of what happened to my brother when I visited 1up with him (probably the most peaceful loving guy I know)>>
    tipped double on the previous drink (2nd beer of the night) to girl bartender, current drink was unexpectedly a buck more from guy bartender and no more cash on hand to cover tip, told guy bartender he would get more money and get him on the next one, guy bartender flips shit and assults brother. Serious drug fueled rage >> there is a long thread on here warning others.

    Go research reviews and you will see it is a trend at 1up unfortunately. Others than know the place said it gets a pretty rough crowd so bartenders get argo. This is not an excuse IME.

    #15 4 years ago

    Lyons Classic Pinball should be #1 by a long shot. Open Thurs-Sun nights. Thurs is league night, but that only occupies 5 of the 35+ machines - so it's easy to go and play even if you aren't in league. And there will be good people to meet (like me!).

    1-Up and 1-Up Colfax also have great selections, the games are in fantastic shape, and they are open more often. I never interact with the bartenders, so I have no opinion. However, if it's a Saturday night (possibly also applies to Friday and Thursday), you might want to avoid 1-Up which will be jam packed with screaming drunk people. Colfax is probably better on one of those nights, but I haven't been (at least there is more open floor space and the pins aren't 10 feet from the bar).

    Press Play (in Boulder): meh. Used to have 9 pins, replaced 5 recently with air hockey. Condition depends how recently they've been serviced, which is not always that often. Pinball is definitely an afterthought there, though they're in a separate room so it's still okay to play on a busy drinking night (which will be college kids who mostly don't care about the games).

    Backcountry Pizza (in Boulder): I was there last week and it was just Tron, AC/DC, and Genie (with X-Men turned off). Games play decent and are in a separate room.

    Tilt (in Louisville): This place is probably good for very casual players. Not good if you're serious. I went about a month after they opened, and about half of the machines had issues (not level, plays slow, slingshots not working, coin mechs eating quarters, balls getting stuck). A friend went a few weeks ago and said that pretty much every machine has issues now. The atmosphere is more like a YMCA than a place to play pinball unfortunately.

    Pinball Jones (in Fort Collins): Never been, but I hear good things.

    #16 4 years ago

    Abo's Pizza (in Boulder) has 3 games I think. Never played there but I hear they play well.

    #17 4 years ago

    Pinball Jones in Ft. Collins is terrific (and recently expanded), but long drive from Boulder. Check website for current list of games (many A list games). They are in great shape.

    #18 4 years ago

    Thanks everyone for the heads up. Really appreciate it

    1 year later
    #19 2 years ago

    Son has decided to attend CU Boulder. Sorry to resurrect an old thread but any updates about new places or other info. about pinball in Boulder area? He odes know about Tilt in Louisville and Lyons Classic Pinball. He's been to both and enjoyed them a lot.

    #20 2 years ago

    I believe the UMC (University Memorial Center on campus) has a few pins and I think ryanwanger (pinside handle) runs those games. He also has pins at Press Play in Boulder (might be open for underage players early in the day - evenings probably 21+).

    #21 2 years ago

    Indeed I do! The scene has really changed since this thread started. Since November of 2014 I've personally put out 16 pins.

    I've got 4 games at the UMC at the moment (Tron, IJ4, Fish Tales, and WCS), and plan to add back in a 5th in June. It's all ages, and they're generally open from around lunch till midnight (though less consistently when school is not in session). I've got a monthly tournament scheduled for the 4th Sunday of each month.

    I was trying go get a pinball student group to form and hopefully build some momentum for the next school year (the machines have only been there for one semester). If your son is into making that happen, I'd love to chat with him.

    I've also got 11 games at Press Play (GB, LOTR, MET, WOZ, SP, Congo, GOT, TZ, BDK, IM, WOF). It's 21+ after 7pm, but all ages before that. Opens at 4pm on weekdays, and noon on weekends. I run monthlies there, and have semi-continously running leagues - though those are after 7pm so not open to those under 21.

    There are a few other places to play (Abo's Pizza in South Boulder has 3 machines, and BackCountry pizza has 4) too - although it seems like all of the events and most of the "scene" is happening around my machines.

    #22 2 years ago

    Oh awesome thanks RAD and Ryanwanger. UMC and Press Play will be places to go to. Don't know yet if my son will be interested in forming a school pinball group or not. I'll talk to him about that.

    #23 2 years ago

    Ryan, i suggest you set up a competition on sept 6 or 7th. We will be out there and looking to play

    #24 2 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    Ryan, i suggest you set up a competition on sept 6 or 7th. We will be out there and looking to play

    Press Play, Wednesday Sept 7th. 7:30pm. Be there.

    #25 2 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    Ryan, i suggest you set up a competition on sept 6 or 7th. We will be out there and looking to play

    Dory Hill is the 9th - 11th. You should probably be there for that. Where else can you play 18 holes of pingolf outside, in the mountains?

    #26 2 years ago
    Quoted from ryanwanger:

    Dory Hill is the 9th - 11th. You should probably be there for that. Where else can you play 18 holes of pingolf outside, in the mountains?

    We are there! Alreay have 2 cabins and bringing 2 games. Also convinced Rob and taro to come along this year.

    1 year later
    #27 1 year ago

    BUMP!! Boulder Pinball Represent!

    Press Play still a good location? Any others in Boulder proper?

    Lyons Classic still looks good, and its close to Boulder. I need places relatively close and want to play well maintained games only. An ideal is a mix of classic Bally/Williams plus the latest Sterns and JJP.

    Thank you for any info provided!

    #28 1 year ago

    Press play still rocks. Lyons is a must see/play as well - have a great mix of newer and older games. Be sure to check their business hours before heading to Lyons.

    #29 1 year ago

    I recently went to Pinball Jones in Ft. Collins. They have two locations. Also went to 1-Up on Colfax in Denver. Had a great time playing both locations' machines. 1-Up also has a great selection of video games as well. But distance might be a little more than you were looking to travel.

    #30 1 year ago

    Traveling cross country to Cali and hit 1 up Lodo and had a blast there, most pins were 50 cents per play and were in good condition. The bar had a friendly atmosphere too, which is a plus. Also, there's a show room dealership called The Game Exchange, it has a show room filled with pins and arcade cabs, just be aware it's there to sell systems, went in there and walked out with a pin haha!

    #31 1 year ago
    Quoted from rad:

    Press play still rocks. Lyons is a must see/play as well - have a great mix of newer and older games. Be sure to check their business hours before heading to Lyons.

    Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out when I'm in Boulder.

    CO seems to have an excellent pinball scene.

    #32 1 year ago

    pressplay and Lyons are BY FAR the best playing and some great diversity. After you hit those 2 places then you can think about the rest if you need more pinball fix.

    #33 1 year ago

    Yup, Press Play is still the place to go. They're my machines, so I'm biased, but the selection is exactly what you're looking for, and the largest in Boulder. Got to add two more games not long ago, so up to 12 now. (Old Chicago and High Speed were the additions to a lineup that was previously all 90s and newer). Dialed In should be arriving any day.

    I've got 4 machines at The Connection, the bowling alley at the UMC building on the CU campus in Boulder.

    I also just put 7 pins into a newly opened brewery in Gunbarrel called Gunbarrel Brewing. That's about 15 minutes away, and if you're going that far out of Boulder, you should be going to Lyons Classic Pinball (but they're not open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday).

    I want my games playing 100%, so if you ever find any issues, please message me.

    All my machines and locations are on both the Pinside map and the Colorado Pinball Map...the latter of which is pretty up to date on the scene. Vision Quest Brewery is another option, but it's almost entirely older games.

    #34 1 year ago

    Dialed In has arrived!

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    #35 1 year ago

    Oh man! Just left Boulder yesterday! Played your games at Press Play until 2am Sat. Night. Couldn't hear a damn thing because of the DJ. That place is LOUD. Many Fate IPAs as well. I'm still hung over!

    Your games were superb. Thank you for routing such sublime games. I especially enjoyed the challenge of that Old Chicago.

    And I will say that AC/DC pro really is one of the fastest freaking games I've ever played. Night and day from a premium, which I owned for 3 years. I'd like to get more time on one. Felt like a totally different game than the premium/LE

    #36 1 year ago

    But what's up with that mega Jenga game right in the middle of the room? Not into that at all.

    #37 1 year ago

    So glad you came and played! Being there on a Friday or Saturday night is a whole different experience. All other times, the Jenna is not in the pinball room, and two of the games are moved out onto the stage where the DJ booth is.

    Old Chicago is pretty new there and actually is getting played more than any other machine t the moment!

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