Date: 19th August, 2018
Location: 113 East 26th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404, USA
Tilt Pinball Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Tilt Pinball Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The following is one example of what is growing increasing popular in metropolitan areas in the US; Barcades – the crossover between bars and arcades.

In Minneapolis, Minnesota is a specialty bar/pinball arcade called TILT – Pinball Bar. We paid them a quick visit.

You can probably guess their newest game
You can probably guess their newest game
The TILT street sign - front and back
The TILT street sign – front and back

We backed up to view TILT – Pinball Bar.

The exterior
The exterior
Play pinball here
Play pinball here
The front window and door
The front window and door

Tilt is open from 11am to 2am daily. We didn’t meet with the owner, John Galvin, or his business partners in Tilt, Jasha Johnston and Carrie McCabe- Johnston, however we were taken care of by our bartender/hostess/server/waitress.

Many hats wears this Gal Friday
Many hats wears this Gal Friday

The majority of the space is filled with pinball machines.

The front half and back half of the (mostly pinball) arcade area

The front half and back half of the (mostly pinball) arcade area
The front half and back half of the (mostly pinball) arcade area

The pinballs at TILT are provided by the primary owner of the business, John Galvin, who also runs D & G Amusement.

The pinball supplier
The pinball supplier

During our visit, these were the titles available to play:

With the games set for route play, they were all in great condition and priced at two tokens ($0.50) per game.   We only had time to play a few single-player games, so we don’t know multiple game pricing.

Token machines
Token machines

There is ample seating in the pinball area and a full-service bar up front.

The front seating bar and full-service bar areas
The front seating bar and full-service bar areas

As well as beer and pop, hot dogs and sandwiches are on the menu.

The food menu

Food and alcohol
Food and alcohol

Besides the full-service bar selection, many different specialty local beers were available either canned or on tap.

The bar selection

The bar selection
The bar selection

Many come for the hot dogs.

The O.G.B. (onion, Gruyere & bacon) basket
The O.G.B. (onion, Gruyere & bacon) basket

The bar-top is even made from backlit old pinball playfields.

An actual lit pinball playfield bar-top
An actual lit pinball playfield bar-top

Back to the reason we visited; pinball, of course! Though we didn’t participate, the owners run both a pinball league and tournament. The league is six weeks long. The tournament is held the last Sunday of every month.

The weekly pinball league

League and tournament announcements
League and tournament announcements

There are unisex and dedicated bathrooms. The inside of the men’s bathroom is decorated with a pinball theme.

Men, mixed & women
Men, mixed & women

TILT is not some seedy, dimly-lit, backstreet pinball dive bar. It is modern, airy and clean with specialty local crafted beers at expected prices, centrally-located in midtown Minneapolis.  With the many new and premium pinball titles, we will be sure to visit again soon.

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