Where to Play Pinball in Washington, D.C.

Updated 6/15/13

I love pinball. It has been a hobby of mine since I was a boy. I grew up playing Space Mission and have always sought out machines wherever I lived.

However, I was disappointed to find that once I moved to Washington, D.C. there seemed to be an absence of pinball culture. The “pinball museum” was even forced to move to Baltimore. That leaves only a sporadic gathering of games across town. With this in mind, I decided to create an unofficial database of pinball machine locations so that others like myself might be able to enjoy this game of skill. I will update locations and machines as they are brought to my attention.

Machine : Location

Big Buck Hunter Pro : Solly’s Tavern – 1942 11th St N.W. – At $1 a play, this is a pricey, but clean machine.

Medieval Madness :  Board Room – 1737 Connecticut Ave. N.W. – Machine is in excellent condition. Machine was removed for repair.

The Lord of the Rings : Penn Social – 801 E Street N.W.

The Getaway : Black Cat – 1811 14th Street N.W.

The Sopranos : Iron Horse Tap Room – 507 7th Street N.W. – Weak left flipper that freezes on you occasionally.

Rollercoaster Tycoon Pirates of the Caribbean: Rocket Bar – 714 7th Street N.W. – New machine, but $1 a play makes it pricey.

Family Guy : Kelly’s Irish Times – 14 F Street N.W.

The Sopranos: MIG Bar – 2226 18th St NW

I will provide updates as needed.

Top 30 Tunes of 2009: Listen Here

2009 was a year where the norm was turned upside down. We saw a regime change in Washington, D.C. Michael Jackson’s death almost crashed the internet. And people lost their marbles over the flu.

Music was no exception. We saw the formation of supergroups like Monsters of Folk, Them Crooked Vultures and The Dead Weather. Long-time rockers like The Flaming Lips, Weezer and Pearl Jam all released solid albums. There were also quite a few newcomers to the scene that helped amp up the last few months of 2009.

Here are my top 30 tunes of the year. You can listen them below. Now that is music to my ears.

30). Bulletproof by La Roux

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Synthesizers and 80’s styled hair-dos are making a comeback.


29). Sagittarrius Silver Announcement by The Flaming Lips

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Looking forward to this band’s next live history performance.


28). Man Named Truth by Monsters of Folk

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This unlikely supergroup is a throwback to the days of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and CSNY.


27). Revelry by Kings of Leon

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This Tennessee band of brothers settles into their sound on Only By the Night.


26). Panic Switch by Silversun Pickups

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More than just a one-hit wonder.


25). Bounce (ft. N.O.R.E. and Isis) by MSTRKRFT

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You can’t help but let your body bounce to the beat.


24). Back Round by Wolfmother

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The sophomore album from the Aussie rock trio shows a maturation in their style.


23). The Fear by Lily Allen:

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Vulgar, offensive and dead on.


22). Pursuit of Happiness (ft. MGMT and Ratatat) by Kid Cudi

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The perfect song for the end of the night.


21). Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare by Matt and Kim

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The Brooklyn duo belts out a haunting good ol’ fashioned drum beat.

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