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THE BUS TO TACOMA 2022

What if you want to go to the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show in Tacoma this weekend (June 3rd – 5th) but you don’t have a car?

It is fairly easy to take public transportation from Seattle to the Tacoma Convention Center. Sound Transit Express Bus (ST) #590/594 begins on Stewart St at DSCF7610Yale/Denny and has stops on 2nd Ave downtown, 4th Ave in the ID, and the bus corridor through SODO. These busses are much nicer than a regular DSCF7648Metro Bus, and the trip takes about an hour and will take you a short block from the Convention Center. Get off at Pacific and 15th in Tacoma and you can see the Convention Center from the bus stop.

Fare from Seattle to Tacoma: $3.25/adult $1.50/youth. Use an Orca card if you have one (they also accept cash).

Both routes run on Friday but only ST #594 runs on the weekend, with busses running every half hour throughout all of the days. DSCF7651

Running right in front of the Convention Center on Commerce is the Tacoma Link, which is a free light rail train. The Link runs from the Frieghthouse Square near the Tacoma Dome to the Theatre District many times daily. The Link is a convenient way to visit local food options and businesses that are more than a few blocks from the pinball show.

DSCF7704Commerce is also the street where you will catch the bus back to Seattle. There are many bus boarding zones on this street and not all busses stop at each one, so it’s a good idea to scope out which boarding zone the ST #594 stops at just in case you need to run for it (like we did). WARNING: The last bus leaves Tacoma at 10:20 PM.

If you miss the last bus, the only option that we know of is to take a cab or ride-share to Sea-Tac literailairport’s Light Rail Station and catch the train to Seattle. The last train leaves at 11:44 PM for Seattle/Northgate (although there are a few trains after that they only go to the Stadium Station!).

If you need to do a ride-share here is the exact address for the airport’s light rail station:
SeaTac/Airport Station
International Blvd & S 176th St
Seattle, WA 98188

Consult Sound Transit for more details on times and bus stops. Here is a direct link to Light Rail’s schedule to Seattle: http://www.soundtransit.org/

A version of the above was originally posted on June 3, 2013. According to the King County Metro and Sound Transit sites all of the information is still good but we haven’t taken this bus ourselves since 2019. The dates and fares in the article have been changed to this years event. – ed
(updated June 2, 2022)

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Shorty’s 25th Anniversary

May 10th was Shorty’s 25th Anniversary and to celebrate it they will have $1.25 PBR pints and 25c pinball (just like they did when they opened) until the end of the month –  and yes that is all of the games!

This will make the annual Powder Puff tournament on May 22nd a great deal whether you are playing in it or just hanging out.

We remember when Shorty’s opened because of the buzz amongst our Belltown friends: pinball and vegan hotdogs! Back then all of the games were in the front room because neither the Pinball Cove nor the Trophy Room existed yet. Too bad we didn’t take any photos!

Luckily they found a new space one block north at 2316 2nd Ave: https://shortydog.com/

Happy Anniversary Shorty’s!

The photos in this post were taken in 2009 at Shorty’s original location.

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Pinball: Free-Play

Everyone likes a free game of pinball – here is a list of where you can go to play a few games around Seattle! We’ll try to keep this updated as time goes on so let us know if you notice any incorrect information: editor@skill-shot.com

Free play is great for working on various different pinball skills such as drop catch, live catch, dead passes, post passes, shot accuracy, etc without burning through your entire quarter jar. – John Garnett

Sundays have five pins on free-play at Tik Tok’s in Bremerton. They often announce what they are on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TikToksWorkshop/

Monday – Another Castle Arcade Edition (Edmonds) has three games on free-play which rotate each week (one in each room). All-ages https://www.facebook.com/AnotherCastleArcadeEdition/


TuesdayCrave 80s in Marysville has free-play pinball which coincides with a free amateur pinball tournament. Doors open at 5pm and the tourney begins at 8. https://www.crave80s.com/

Thursday: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday at The Sanctuary of the Silver Ball (Northgate) is open to the public for both free entry and free-play. There’s a tournament this night also ($5 buy-in). All-ages https://nwpinballcollective.org/


Weekdays at Waterland Arcade in Des Moines every pinball machine gets two free credits at 6pm. Since they have over 20 pins you’re sure to get at least a few freebies no matter how busy they are. The arcade opens at 12pm. All-ages https://www.facebook.com/WaterlandArcade

Weekends: The NW Pinball Collective hosts public open house where you can check out The Sanctuary of the Silver Ball and learn more about the organization. The first Saturday and the 3rd Sunday – Noon to 4pm. All-ages https://nwpinballcollective.org/


Coming soon: Admiral Pub in West Seattle will resume their free play on Mondays once the MNP league is finished for the season. https://www.facebook.com/AdmiralPub/

Want to know what pinball machines are at these and other Seattle area locations? Check out our pinball list here.
Thanks to John Garnett for the inspiration!

April 21, 2022

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Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show 2022

June 3 to 5 at the Tacoma Convention Center – Fun for the whole family! Go to their website for tickets and show details: www.nwpinballshow.com/