Date: November 2023
New Location: 2021 Hennepin Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55405, USA

INTRODUCTION

LITT is the vision and fluid growth of the former TILT Pinball Bar by co-owner John Galvin. The official announcement of their move was made publicly via LITT’s preferred means of communication, Facebook, but they also have their own website.

LITT's announcement on Facebook
LITT’s announcement on Facebook
LITT on the web
LITT on the web

LOCATION

With just a one day delay, as of Thursday, October 12th at 11am, LITT officially opened at their new location in the historic Lyles Liquor Lounge building. Liquor Lyle’s was a beloved Minneapolis dive bar for almost a half-century. The new owner wanted LITT to be a part of and for the neighborhood – and more. As for being part of the neighborhood, with a sense of humility, John told Pinball News he was glad the old building was brought back to life.

The very next day after the grand re-opening, Pinball News paid LITT a visit to update their old article and, well… to play pinball, of course!

The new location
The new location

OPENING HOURS

• Monday-Friday: 2pm-2am
• Saturday & Sunday: 11am-2am
(21 and over after 9pm)

PARKING

There is a small amount of city street parking in front of the building, and a very small parking lot in the back. More street parking is available in the nearby neighborhood just behind the building. This is the first of several big improvements of growth from their old location.

Street parking in front of the new location
Street parking in front of the new location
The parking lot at the back
The parking lot at the back
Neighborhood parking
Neighborhood parking

VENUE

We shook off the rain and first Autum cold as we walked into LITT Pinball Bar. A point of distinction, LITT is not a bar-cade. It is a pinball bar. When first inside the partially enclosed entryway we noticed an actual pinball mural and a custom welcome mat.

One of the staff created mural...
One of the staff created mural…
...and the welcome mat
…and the welcome mat

The interior was much more spacious than the old location’s players’ area. The immediate atmospheric was of two veins; up front was the large full service bar while the rest of the place was filled with pinball machines. These are two parts of the three part businesses, with the third being the full-service kitchen.

The view from the entrance showing homage to the original bench seats, updated from Lyle red to LITT orange
The view from the entrance showing homage to the original bench seats, updated from Lyle red to LITT orange

According to co-owner John, the three parts are his fluid business practice, with each component relying, in part, on the other two. He explained, “The bar wouldn’t be the same without pinball and the kitchen.”

More on the pinball side. Though John earned a degree in General Business Management he stated, “I have that (mechanical) bug in me.” And he has the skill and personality to, “…figure out how things work and how they don’t work.” With the help of his skilled staff, John is the linchpin keeping all three parts together.

FOOD

All orders are placed at the bar. You can start a tab and have your food and beverage brought to your table or enjoy it while you play.

Order at the bar
Order at the bar
You can order and sit or...
You can sit and eat at the table or…
..or while you play
…while you play

LITT has grown from a place known to serve dogs-n-beer, to a place with full service bar and kitchen choices.

Full drinks and food menus
Full drinks and food menus

The usual bar fare plus specialty items were available. Paying homage to the original hot dog service and in keeping with the theme of the place, they have the ‘Both Flippers’ hot dog.

'Both Flippers' hot dog
‘Both Flippers’ hot dog

Last time we ordered one of the hot dogs for which the old TILT location was popular. With the extended bar and kitchen menus, this time we skipped the signature hot dogs and had a burger-n-beer.

The burger smelled (and tasted) too good, had’a take a bite before taking a picture
The burger smelled (and tasted) too good, had’a take a bite before taking a picture

DRINKS

LITT has a full-service bar.

The draft beer menu
The draft menu

LITT features a unique draft bar.

More than just beer available at the bar’s bar
More than just beer available at the bar’s bar

Specialty drinks are available as well.

Notice the ‘Skill Shot’
Notice the ‘Skill Shot’

SEATING

Seating is mainly available in the bar area.

At and near bar seating
At and near bar seating

In the back, the old bar top was up-scaled into three new tables.

The old bar top is now three tables
The old bar top is now three tables

Pictured below, one of the little details that lets you know you are at a true pinball bar.

LITT PINBALL BAR branding
LITT PINBALL BAR branding

CHANGE MACHINES

All pinball machines are quarter play. With the exception of the single EM at $0.25 per play, most prices ranged from $0.50 per play (for older games) to $1.00 per play (for newest games).

Various game pricing
Various game pricing plus Stern’s Inside Connected pricing card

Although there are two change machines, you can also ask for quarters at the bar or while settling your bill.

Change and ATM machines
Change and ATM machines

TOUR

Collaged below are pictures of the ol’ once around.

Inside LITT Pinball Bar
Inside LITT Pinball Bar
Inside LITT Pinball Bar
Inside LITT Pinball Bar
Player One or Player Two?
Player 1 or Player 2?
From the bar and back again
From the bar and back again

Pictured below, the main pinball area directly opposite the bar room.

Three sides leading to the main entrance
Three sides leading to the main entrance
Looking back at the bar
The fourth side near the back of the bar

There was even an additional back room full of pinball machines.

A four-bank of modern machines
A four-bank of modern machines

Many of the newest games are along the long back wall.

Ten of the latest releases
Ten of the latest releases

PINBALL

LITT now operate their own pinball machines with many updates like ColourDMDs, alternative backglass artwork and complete playfield LED kits. Two-and-a-half technicians keep the games running. One such pin-tec is the owner, John. He is pictured below attending to a coin chute issue. This is expected with sticky food hands gumming up the works.

The owner servicing a coin chute
The owner servicing a coin chute

During or first time at LITT we found every single one of the pinball tables looked as the food tables – literally clean enough to eat off of. Accounting for their age, all working games played well. Two games were quickly and skillfully serviced. Only one game was out of commission and turned off.

When service can’t be completed quickly and safely, the game is temporarily put Out of Order (OoO).

An old OoO tag from the TILT days
An old OoO tag from the TILT days

Downed or even troublesome games can also be reported online.

Online game-issue form
Online game-issue form

The staff at LITT are all well in tune with the three-phase vibe of LITT. A stuck ball can easily be remedied by asking any of the staff for help.

By way of example, a stuck ball was reported by Pinball News to one of the bartenders. She kiddingly teased, “That’s a good place to get a ball stuck”, then immediately and happily removed the glass from the game and properly placed the ball into the shooter lane. She then quickly and skillfully reassembled the game, turned and gave a smile which let us know the game was back ready to play.

This instant service and skill to correct are something we would never expected from bartenders elsewhere.

Stuck ball
Stuck ball

Though not always entirely current, LITT takes the time to update their line-up of games online.

The impressive line-up
The impressive line-up

LITT rightfully boasts of having just shy of four dozen pinball machines on location plus about another dozen in-waiting.

The current line-up
The current line-up (at the time of writing)
The current line-up at the time of writing
The current line-up
The current line-up at the time of writing
The current line-up
The current line-up at the time of writing
The current line-up
The current line-up at the time of writing
The current line-up
The current line-up at the time of writing
The current line-up
The current line-up at the time of writing
The current line-up
The current line-up at the time of writing
The current line-up
The current line-up at the time of writing
The current line-up
More games in the main area
More games in the main area

There are more games in the back seating area.

A six-bank of older machines
A six-bank of older machines

Pictured below are some of the newest games along the long back wall.

Some of the newest games
Some of the newer games
These games have overhead cameras to show the action on screens above
These games have overhead cameras to show the action on screens above

INTERVIEW

When the owner, John Galvin, had finished servicing a game (pictured earlier) we sat down with him for an interview.

Pinball News: Our big question is for you to explain the name and location changes. Would you start with that, please.
John Galvin: The name change was necessary for legal reasons. Pretty cut and dry. The location change was something we had been planning for, in some way, shape or form, for a while. Our original location was almost like a test run, in that we weren’t sure how it would perform. Pretty early on we could see that there was support for more space and more machines, so we decided to keep an eye out for a different space that could accommodate us. The old Liquor Lyle’s building seemed like a perfect fit for us and our players!

Pinball News: Please tell us a little bit about your fluid vision for LITT.
John Galvin: LITT will continue doing what it has for years. There are always new and different machines to bring in for players to enjoy. We plan to foster a welcoming environment for all people to experience pinball both casually and competitively. We offer great food and beverages too. 🙂

SUMMARY

In summary John ended with a bit of irony. With LITT having mostly digital pinball machines, in John’s words, “It’s a nice escape from the digital world.”. Though, we quite agree.

LITT is very much dedicated to pinball with related events such as general and special tournaments, launch parties, and monthly women’s tournaments. In our opinion, LITT is not just a bar, not just a restaurant, not just an arcade. To quote John one final time, “LITT is a full on pinball experience.

That being said, and as much as we agree, LITT is not stuck being a pinball bar only for serious players. It’s a place for meeting new people who enjoy a shared hobby. It is a clean fun environment to romantically date.

Due to it’s new location, it’s a great place to wind down on the way home from the city after work. A place where you and your family can get out and take advantage of the extended kitchen service; while enjoying a friendly family rivalry for house pinball champ!



  • Greg Freres

    GREG FRERES RETIRES

    Stern Pinball’s Art Director and famed pinball artist in his own right, Greg Freres,…
  • Stern Pinball's Godzilla 70th Anniversary model

    GODZILLA 70TH ANNIVERSARY ANNOUNCED

    Stern Pinball today revealed the highly-anticipated black-and-white 70th Anniversary Editi…
  • Bang Back in Columbia, South |Carolina, USA

    PINSPOTTING MAY 2024

    Bang Back Pinball Lounge is approaching its fourth year in Columbia, South Carolina, in th…
Load More Related Articles
  • Haggis Pinball goes into liquidation

    HAGGIS PINBALL IN LIQUIDATION

    Australian pinball manufacturer, Haggis Pinball, has ceased trading and appointed liquidat…
  • Greg Freres

    GREG FRERES RETIRES

    Stern Pinball’s Art Director and famed pinball artist in his own right, Greg Freres,…
  • Stern Pinball's Godzilla 70th Anniversary model

    GODZILLA 70TH ANNIVERSARY ANNOUNCED

    Stern Pinball today revealed the highly-anticipated black-and-white 70th Anniversary Editi…
Load More By Pinball News
  • Bang Back in Columbia, South |Carolina, USA

    PINSPOTTING MAY 2024

    Bang Back Pinball Lounge is approaching its fourth year in Columbia, South Carolina, in th…
  • PINSPOTTING: MARCH 2024

    In this edition of Pinspotting, we take you on Spring Break 2024 to a new and hot location…
  • Free Play Arlington, Texas

    FREE PLAY ARLINGTON

    We’re here in Texas for the annual Texas Pinball Festival, but before that we found …
Load More In SITES

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

PINSPOTTING MAY 2024

Bang Back Pinball Lounge is approaching its fourth year in Columbia, South Carolina, in th…