Location: 340 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N3, Canada
Ask most Vancouver natives for the best places to play pinball and Pub 340 is bound to be at or near the top of their list. So on our recent visit to the city we had to pay them a visit.
With a smoking ban in effect, there were usually several people standing around outside getting their tobacco fix. This gave the pub a slightly seedy appearance, but the advertisement in the window for their pinball offering dispelled any concerns.
Once through the doors, there is a series of steps up to the main bar and the pinball area.
The main area is decidedly old-school with well-worn, dark wood feel. The bar area has a few seats, but the majority of patrons used the tables and seats set between it and the stage at the far end of the room.
The pub serves around half a dozen tap beers - we recommend the Grasshopper - and a modest menu. Our attempts to order food failed when the daily special had run out, and they had also run out of mashed potato for the second choice dinner.
Before the total smoking ban, the pub used to have a smoking section at the front of the pub. When this was outlawed, the area was cleaned-up and converted into a pinball arcade.
There are eleven pinballs, all priced at CAD1.00 (US$0.94/€0.69/£0.55) per game, or 3 games for 2 dollars.
This was the selection when we visited:
We met the operator, Kyle Seller, at Pub 340. He was cleaning up the games which were all in excellent condition. He clearly takes a lot of pride in his arcade and has decorated the walls and ceiling with arcade-related items. You can also find the occasional celebrity hanging out if you look closely.
There is also room for a little non-pinball silver ball fun too.
Although it was busy in the room it was never crowded, and the air-con did a fine job of keeping everyone as cool as their drinks.
By the time we left to catch one of the last SkyTrains back home, we could see why everyone recommended Pub 340 for their pinball.
Pub 340 is open 7 days a week from 9am until 2am Sunday to Thursday, and until 3am on Friday and Saturday. The nearest SkyTrain station is Stadium-Chinatown.
© Pinball News 2014