Where do you drop coins?

Let’s take a look at some of the places around the world still keeping pinball alive for the route rat. We’ve all been on a trip before and stuck our heads inside of a random bar or pizza shop to see if they had a pinball machine. Most of the time, things turned up empty, but every once in a while a smile would cross your face as you found yourself staring at two or three or ten machines.

So where did you play when you first started? It doesn’t have to be a major location, but I want to hear about it. Send me an e-mail with a few photographs of your spot, and we’ll let our readers know of another place they can look inside and drop some coins.

First up (in no particular order): Shorty’s – Seattle, WA – 2222 2nd Ave

Shorty’s is a prominent pinball location in the Northwest. It certainly has more games than your random pizza shop, but it’s a solid place to start the series. If you’ve never been to Seattle, put it on your bucket-list. The town is easy to navigate, Shorty’s has a wide array of drinks and great hot dogs, and there’s an incredible number of pinball machines of all eras waiting to be played. Two Shorty’s highlights include bar tables that are made of pinball playfields, and an address that couldn’t be easier to remember if you’re from out of town – so you have no excuse. Go drop some coins at your local spot, and e-mail me the pictures!


  1. Virginia Hendricks
    January 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    We’ve been to Shorty’s! Its a pretty cool place! 🙂

  2. stevenp
    February 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    No pics, because the places where I started playing no longer exist. Those would be a few department stores around Boston (like Zayres, which had a nice Spirit of 76) and the MIT gameroom in the student center (around 16-18 pins), all in the mid-70’s.

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