[Where to Play]
Places to Play:
Access the Bay Area Pinball Map at http://pinballmachine.org.
The Map features:
- 250 locations and 600 pinball machines in 67 cities throughout the greater bay area.
- FREE mobile apps for iPhone and Droid: http://pinballmap.com/bayarea/apps.
- Use GPS to find the nearest pinball game.
- Submit your high scores
- Find out about leagues and upcoming events
- Submit new locations and report maintenance issues.
Where can you go and always find a good selection of games in working order?
Pacific Pinball Museum (Alameda) – 80+ games set to free play. Play all day for one entry fee. Games range from the very first pinball ever to the very latest. Lots of cool pinball art. Open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Playland-not-at-the-Beach (El Cerrito) – 30+ games set to free play, but much more than just pinball. This is the best venue to take the kids or hold a birthday party.
Phoenix Games (Concord) – 13 games – The home of the East Bay Pinball League. An excellent line-up of games.
Hi-Life Pizza (Oakland) – 8 games, and pizza
Scandia (Rohnert Park) – 14 games, mostly new STERNs, along with a large arcade, mini golf, paintball and other attractions.
Free Gold Watch (San Francisco) – 30+ games – Mostly Bally/Williams games.
Gestalt – 7 games
Silver Creek Sportsplex (San Jose) – 9 games
Leagues are as much about socializing and talking tech as they are about competing so don’t worry if your skills are in question. You’ll get better!
Bay Area Pinball Association (BAPA) – usually meets in the South Bay on Thursday nights.
East Bay Pinball League (EBPL) – usually meets in Concord on Thursday nights.
Capital Corridor League – East (CCPL) – meets in Sacramento and Folsom.
San Francisco Pinball Department – meets twice per month at Free Gold Watch in SF.
Gentleperson’s Pinball League – meets wednesdays at Hi-Life Pizza in Oakland
Solano Pinball League – The Solano Pinball League meets on Wednesday nights, at various locations around Vacaville and Fairfield.
The largest tournament each year is held at California Extreme (July). Check their site (http://www.caextreme.org) for rules and info. There is also a fun Pin Golf tournament at Pin a Go Go that supports local youth organizations.
There are many regularly scheduled local tournaments. Check out the events page at Pinballmachine.org. Most tournaments are very fun and laid back. Don’t be afraid to come out and join us. We’ll make you better!
Where can I talk pinball online, or get repair tips?
I like three forums:
Pinside – A forum that supports editing and images, avatars, and lots of great community features. The most popular pinball forum with a lot of collector-focused discussions.
Tilt Forum – A newer forum with more emphasis on competitive pinball discussion.
Large Local Events/Shows:
May: Pin a Go Go (in Dixon, a town near Sacramento) 250+ Pinball Games, raffles, vendors
July: California Extreme (Santa Clara) 500+ Pinball and Video games, raffles, vendors, seminars, live music
Who is this NES guy whose initials I see everywhere?
Last updated 10/15/2015