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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:

Happy Anniversary Shorty’s!

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


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:

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:

Monday – Another Castle Arcade Edition (Edmonds) has three games on free-play which rotate each week (one in each room). All-ages

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.

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

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

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

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

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


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:


Add-a-Ball 420 Tournament

The annual 420 tournament at AAB is back! Sign ups and more begins at 4:20 pm… Skill Shot Calendar: annual-addaball-420-tournament

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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.