2222A Second Avenue, Belltown, Seattle, USA.
Is that a peach of a collection or what?
One of the best draws to this location was the fact that the pins are kept in a dark room, thus no light glare from ceiling lighting at all. Well sweet!
The games were all working correctly - man was I feeling lucky to find this place?
The games were priced at 50 cents a go or 5 games for 2 dollars. Given that the games all had easily attainable replay scores, your money went even further!
The staff were friendly, courteous & had plenty of change which also helped. I was lucky enough to meet the owners who (Martha & Avout), who were delighted to explain how the establishment has grown & changed over the years and other areas of interest such as maintenance and machine purchasing.
To conclude, this establishment rules, they have clearly gone to great lengths to create a nigh on perfect establishment for pinheads. Plus they have managed to create a bar environment ideal for socialising and electronic game playing (both pinball & classic video games) and the diner style table layout where the tables are made out of lit pin playfields rules.
In conclusion, any pinhead
visiting Seattle would be a sad idiot to miss out on such a class joint.
Since this article was first published, Shorty's has expanded both in physical size and the size of their pinball collection.
Update from Alex Chapman:
They recently moved some walls around to make room for four additional pins. So that's sixteen well-maintained machines now, which in this day and age is quite the bonanza.
The games currently in the line-up are:
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