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Proof of Vaccine Locations

These are the pinball locations in the Seattle area that currently require proof that you have had the covid vaccination before you can enter their business:
Updated Sept. 6, 2021

Flip Flip Ding Ding
Hounds Tooth Pub
Hellbent Brewing Co
Another Castle Bremerton (beginning Sept. 9)
Lucky Liquor (only on live music nights)
The Meyer (Pioneer Sq)

If you know of other pinball locations that ask for proof of your vaccination please reach out to us so we can add them to this list.

Avout from Shorty’s included the below details which most likely apply to most (if not all) of the other locations…

We require a proof of vaccination, this can be:

  • Vaxx card matching your ID
  • Photo of your vaxx card matching your ID
  • Screenshot off the, showing your vaxx status matching your ID. This is handy for folks who are vaxxed but forgot to bring their card.

We also ask folks to wear a mask once indoors when not seated and drinking, per governor’s mandate.

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Washington Pinball Updates

As more locations begin to reopen and expand their hours, we will no longer be updating the Open for Pinball posts below. We will instead strive to keep our Skill Shot Pinball List current as a way to determine if a location is open – and what pinball machines you will find there. As always this is a community effort and you can help by messaging us whenever you discover a reopened business, newly turned on games and (of course) any pin changes.



Skill Shot Pinball List:

PS: Despite the current CDC changes please keep wearing a mask when visiting arcades, bars and other locations – the employees will appreciate it.

May 16, 2021

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Chris Walsh (1952 – 2021)

The Seattle pinball community suffered a great loss when Chris Walsh passed on April 25th. Chris was one of the main driving forces behind the creation of the NW Pinball and Arcade Show back in 2008 when it was held at the Seattle Center. Although we were never exactly sure of his official role in the organization, during the show it seemed like he was the host because of his constant presence and his friendly personality. Chris had a welcoming smile, something fun and insightful to say and was someone we always looked forward to seeing at the show. Outside of pinball Chris and his family ran the Delta Rehabilitation Center (aka the Snohomish Chalet) from 1979 to 2020. This kind hearted man will be missed by many – RIP.

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Limited Edition Printing of issue 56

The limited-edition printing of the last issue before the pandemic and a snap shot of the Seattle pinball scene pre-2020. Originally this issue was released digitally in February. Because of continuing health concerns and the limited number of copies there is a good chance you will not see these out in the wild. $1 (cash) or $1.50 via Paypal – Limit of 5 copies per person please. 

Send cash to: Skill Shot, POBox 20204, Seattle WA 98102
Skill Shot 56 digital version:,21858

For more ordering options (and merch) check out the Skill Shot Shop page:


Pinball is Back!

With the easing of restrictions and the re-opening of locations more events are begining to happen. Be sure to keep an eye on the Skill Shot Calendar for updates!

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WA Phase 3 Update

The state of Washington entered Phase 3 on March 22nd and we expect businesses that are already open to make some changes. Phase 3 allows businesses to stay open until midnight so it can be assumed that any place that was closing at 11 will now be open an extra hour. Although capacity has gone up to 50% it can not be assumed that every business will automatically increase the number of people allowed inside though – we expect this will change as more staff and patrons are vaccinated, but for now expect delays in this regard.

Please refer to our Phase 2 post for a list of currently open businesses (these will be the locations with a hopefully accurate game list in our Pinball List section): Open for Pinball Phase 2

As more locations re-open we will continue to add them on the Phase 2 post for the time being…

The three changes for Phase 3 are: Indoor seating capacity is 50% (up from 25% in Phase 2); Tables may seat a max of 10 people (up from a max of 6 in Phase 2); Alcohol service ends at midnight (instead of 11pm in Phase 2).

Here’s a link to the official guidelines: COVID19 Restaurant and Tavern Guidance.pdf

Note: Until further notice all businesses in WA state require face-masks; please respect the employees and mask up when visiting all locations – it’s been a rough year for everyone but they should get a little extra love (and tips). 🙂

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Open for Pinball: Phase 2 (and 3)

Below is an alphabetical list of the locations that we know of that are currently open. The #hashtag indicates that the game list on this website has been updated at that location (otherwise it’s pre-covid and may be wrong). Please send updates to

Mask up, play safe and Support Local Pinball!

updated 4/27/2021note: now that Phase 3 has begun expect a few tweaks to the closing hours listed below (ie if it says 11 it is probably midnight now) – for the time being we will continue to add locations and update this list instead of creating a new one (for Phase 3). Note 2: Pierce Co. (Tacoma) has been sent back to phase 2 – I believe that the locations in this region still have the same hours but have been set back to 25% capicity for the time being.

Locations outside of the general Seattle area will be found at the bottom of the list.

8-Bit Arcade: Hours – 4 to 10 Mon – Th, 4 to 12 Fri, 12 to 12 Sat, 12 to 10 Sun. All-ages until 8pm. #king-county#renton

Add-a-Ball Amusements: Hours: Wed-Sun 2-12, new food menu but food from outside is ok. #fremont-frelard

Admiral Pub: hours 4 -12; opens at 3 on Sat/Sun. Pinball by reservation only. #west-seattle

Another Castle Edmonds: Open for private rental only; $100/hour; free-play; 12 people max. Website has details: #edmonds

Ashley’s Pub: Hours: 3 – 10 every day. #kitsap-county

Blue Goose Tavern: Hours: 11am-11pm M-F, 10am-11pm Sat, Sun. #kitsap-county

Church Cantina: Hours Tue-Fri 2-11pm, Sat noon-11pm. #tacoma

Coindexter’s: hours 4 to 12 every day.  #greenwood-phinney-ridge

Comet Tavern: open #capitol-hill

Flip Flip Ding Ding: Hours 2 – 12; new vegan food menu. #georgetown

Full Tilt Ballard: open #ballard

Full Tilt Columbia City. Hours: 3 to 6pm Wed – Sun; pinball by reservation/6 people max. #columbia-city

Full Tilt White Center: open #white-center

Getaway Tavern: open #mountlake-terrace

Golden Mum: Hours: 3 to 9 Tues – Sun. #kitscap-county

Great State Burgers Ballard : Hours 9 to 9 daily. #ballard

Half Pint Pizza Pub: Hours 2-12pm Tues-Sun. #road-trip#tacoma

Hillside: Hours 4 to midnight. #capitol-hill

Hounds Tooth Pub: Hours 4 – 12 every day. #greenwood-phinney-ridge

Hummingbird Saloon. Hours: 4-8 every day, until 9 on Fri/Sat. #columbia-city

Ice Box: Hours 3-midnight Sun-Fri, 1-midnight Saturday. 25 people max indoors/no limit for outside. #fremont-frelard

Jupiter: Hours 4 to midnight every day. #belltown

Kraken: Hours 3 to 11 Sun to Thu; 3 to midnight Fri and Sat. #u-district-wallingford

Lock and Keel: Hours 12 to 10pm every day. #ballard

The Lookout: open #capitol-hill

Lucky Liquor: open #tukwila

Madison Pub: open #capitol-hill

Monica’s Social Bar: Hours: open until 11 but sometimes close early. #kitsap-county

The Meyer: Hours 4 to midnight. #pioneer-square

Olaf’s: Hours 3-12pm, pinball room capacity is 15. #ballard

Parlor Shop: Hours Tuesday thru Sunday 3pm to 8:30pm. #kitsap-county

Quarter’s Arcade: Hours: 10 to 10 M-Th, 10 to 12am Fri/Sat, 10 to 9 Sun. #kitsap-county

Roanoke Tavern: #capitol-hill

Seattle Tavern & Pool Room: Hours: 3 to 11 Mon – Th, 12 to 11 Fri – Sun. #georgetown

Shorty’s: Hours 3 to midnight Mon to Wed; 12 to midnight Thurs to Sun. #belltown

Slaughter County Brewery: Hours Tue-Th 4-9, Fri & Sat 4-10, closed Sun & Mon. #kitsap-county

Slippery Pig: Hours Sat and Sun 10 to 9pm. Mon thru Fri noon to 9pm. #kitsap-county

Streamline Tavern: info incoming… #queen-anne

Supreme: Hours incoming… #west-seattle

Teddy’s Tavern: Hours incoming… #north-side

Tik Tok’s Workshop: Hours 4 to midnight Fri and Sat and also on “drinking holidays” (such as St Patrick’s, etc.); available for private rentals all other days. #kitsap-county

Triple Knock: Open (Tacoma)

Twilight Exit: Hours 4-10 M – F. 12-10 Sat Sun. #central-district-madison-park

Vera’s Pizza: Hours incoming… #ballard

Victory Lounge: info incoming… #south-lake-union

Walt’s Lynwood Market: 7am-8pm Sun – Thurs, 7am-9pm Fri & Sat. #kitsap-county

Waterland Arcade: Hours: Mon-Fri 4-10 and Sat 2-10, tournament on Sat. #des-moines

Westside Pizza: Hours 11-8 Mon -Thurs, 11-9 Fri & Sat, 4-8 Sun. #kitsap-county

White Buffalo Saloon: Hours 10 to 11 every day. #everett

Roadtrips outside the general area:

Another Castle Marysville (retail side): Hours: 11am to 7pm except Thurs to Sat when they are open until 9pm. #snohomish-county#marysville

The Machine Shop (Whidbey Island): opening April 1st. Hours 3 to 8 Thursday and Sun; 3 to 10 Fri and Sat. #road-trip#whidbey-island

Next Level Pinball Museum: Hours Fri 2-10, Sat Noon-10, Sun Noon-9. #road-trip#portland-or

Olympia Pinball Museum: Hours: Friday Noon – 4pm, Reservations only all other times. # road-trip#olympia-thurston-county


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