If you are looking to play some pinball here is an incomplete list of locations that will be open to the public (according to Facebook). If you know of any others let us know and they will be added. Includes the opening time if known.
Admiral Pub (West Seattle) 4pm
4 B’s (Fremont/Frelard) 4pm
Crave 80s (Marysville) 5pm
Smoke Shop (Ballard)
The Sanctuary of the Sliver Ball (Northgate) membership required
Tik Tok’s Workshop (Bremerton) 4pm
we’ll add more as they are discovered….
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: email@example.com
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/
Tuesday – every 3rd Tuesday night the NW Pinball Collective host an open house where you can learn more about the organization atThe Sanctuary of the Silver Ball (Northgate). 5PM – 9 is open to the public for both free entry and free-play!
Tuesday – Crave 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. (which begins at 7pm) 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 a public open house where you can check out The Sanctuary of the Silver Ball and learn more about the organization. The first Saturday – Noon to 4pm. All-ages https://nwpinballcollective.org/
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!
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 Yale/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 Metro 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).
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.
Commerce 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 airport’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:
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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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.
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/
The annual 420 tournament at AAB is back! Sign ups and more begins at 4:20 pm… Skill Shot Calendar: annual-addaball-420-tournament