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21 Seattle arcades, mapped

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Seattle has a whole lot of arcade options available, whether arcade cabinets or pinball tables are your thing. And while it’s not uncommon for a fun, neighborhood bar or restaurant to have a pinball table or three (check Skill Shot’s running list to figure out where your favorite table is), these spots go out of their way to accommodate their games.

Many of these are 21-and-up establishments, so read carefully before trying to bring young ‘uns to just anywhere on the list. Don’t worry, you still have options—just Add-A-Ball, featuring shots of Mad Dog along with your Pac-Man, is not among them. Fortunately, a few of these accomodate an all-ages crowd, including the Pinball Museum and various Full Tilt locations.

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Map points are ordered north to south.

This article has been updated since its original publication to avoid confusion with the East Coast chain Barcade.

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1. Coindexter's

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8556 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 783-0477
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Greenwood’s newest arcade bar has plenty of table space and a few cabinets in the front, plus an action-packed backbar full of pinball tables.

2. Olaf's

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6301 24th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-6122
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Ballard pub Olaf’s doesn’t bill itself as an arcade, but a whole back room full of pinball tables totally qualifies—and makes it a destination for dedicated Seattle pinball players.

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3. Portal Virtual Reality Arcade and Lounge

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2601 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 494-0102
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This isn’t an “arcade” in a traditional sense—it’s a much more involved process, with one person at a time occupying a booth (or a couple of people occupying two booths for multiplayer) for a “room-scale VR experience.” There’s also a lounge and some quicker, walk-in games. It’s a little more expensive than a traditional arcade, at $12.95 for 15 minutes in a booth or $4.99 a pop for the faster games. Memberships are available, too.

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4. Full Tilt Ice Cream Ballard

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5453 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-3000
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Each of Full Tilt’s four locations feature multiple arcade cabinets and pinball tables, plus, of course, ice cream. This is one of the all-ages venues on the list, although they still totally serve beer.

5. The Ice Box

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615 NW Bright St
Seattle, WA 98107

Named for its location at the former Allied Ice facility—it even took up its penguin logo—Fremont’s Ice Box has more than 30 pinball tables, plus some vintage cabinets. The goal is to have around 100 tables at some point. This spot is all-ages.

4300 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-9024
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The Ballard Grill and Alehouse is above all else a neighborhood dive—but their staggering selection of pinball machines outpaces several other spots on this list. They also host pool tournaments and have a cheap burger special.

7. Add-A-Ball

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315 N 36th St #2b
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 696-1613
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Add-A-Ball is tucked away in a basement in Fremont, and is a maze lined with pinball tables, arcade cabinets, and other games. There’s more space to stand and play than sit and drink, so while it’s technically an arcade bar, it captures a lot of that nostalgic arcade feeling. Just grungier.

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8. Full Tilt Ice Cream Capitol Hill

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328 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 329-1206
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Like other locations in the local Full Tilt chain, the Capitol Hill location features pinball and arcade cabinets, with ice cream and beer on the side.

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9. Raygun Lounge

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501 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 812-2521
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While this is more of a tabletop destination at heart, we’d be remiss not to include the increasingly arcadey Raygun Lounge on this list. Between rounds of your favorite board games, mix it up with rounds of Street Fighter II or any of several other cabinets and pinball tables.

10. Narwhal

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1118 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-6492
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The basement bar counterpart to the Unicorn has a large back area full of pinball—including the old-timey kind—plus skee ball, a few cabinets, and a claw machine full of offbeat (and sometimes adult) items.

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11. Shorty's

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2222 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-5449
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This Coney Island-themed Belltown dive is a Seattle institution, known for its room full of pinball tables, selection of hot dogs, and creepy circus music piped into the bathrooms.

12. Jupiter Bar

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2126 2nd Ave Suite A
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2043
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Jupiter Bar, the much-hyped collaboration between artist Joe Nix and John John’s Gameroom owner Jeff Rogers, has a game room full of pinball tables and cabinets, plus plenty of seating in the front—and a nook with new 10-player collaborative cabinet Killer Queen.

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13. GameWorks

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1511 7th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 521-0952
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This national arcade chain’s gigantic Seattle location is still going strong at Seventh Avenue and Pike Street. In addition to lots of flashy, new arcade games, they also have an esports area with consoles and PCs. While they have a full bar along with a restaurant, it’s still all-ages until 10 p.m.

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14. Pier 57 Miners landing

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1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 602-1808
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This waterfront arcade is a shadow of its former self since a Pier 57 remodel—the previous arcade had been family-run for 20 years, and they left after their lease ran out. There’s no more tickets-for-prizes, and the entire game selection has been sequestered to a small nook in the long hall to the food court and carousel.

But it does have NBA Jam, a giant Pac-Man game, and a cabinet with three versions of Street Fighter II, so it’s not nothing. (There’s also still a small shooting gallery behind the carousel.)

15. Seattle Pinball Museum

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508 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-0759
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This one’s relatively self-explanatory: This International District spot is where you go for the largest pinball selection in the city. It started out as a three-month activation project through the Storefronts Seattle program in 2010 and has been running ever since.

This is one of those all-ages options, although kids need to be seven or older to play.

16. Vidiot

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4210 SW Admiral Way
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 883-7529
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This hidden bar in West Seattle is overflowing with cabinets—many vintage, but a few custom-built multicades—plus plenty of pinball tables and even space for LAN parties. They even fit in some Crazy Taxi (and some other driving cabinets) and DDR.

It’s where the Benbow Room used to be. They even kept the pirate mural.

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17. Full Tilt Ice Cream Columbia City

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5041 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 226-2740
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Full Tilt’s Columbia City location is a little lighter on the arcade equipment than the others, but it’s similar—and also kid-friendly.

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18. Flip Flip Ding Ding!

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6012 12th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 508-0296
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This divey Georgetown arcade bar is heavy on the pinball—as its name implies—but it has some cabinets too.

19. Full Tilt Ice Cream White Center

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9629 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 767-4811
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Full Tilt’s flagship location in White Center is much like the others on the list: A kid-friendly joint with ice cream, pinball, and cabinets where you can still have a beer.

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20. 8-Bit Arcade Bar

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916 S 3rd St
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 291-7693
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Head just south of Seattle to Renton for 8-Bit, featuring not just pinball—Seattle loves pinball!—but, appropriate to the name, a bunch of retro cabinets, too.

21. Waterland Arcade and Sandbar

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22306 Marine View Dr S
Des Moines, WA 98198
(206) 271-8100
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Waterland Arcade in Des Moines has some classic, old-school pinball tables, arcade cabinets, skee-ball, and even console games.

1. Coindexter's

8556 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Greenwood’s newest arcade bar has plenty of table space and a few cabinets in the front, plus an action-packed backbar full of pinball tables.

8556 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Olaf's

6301 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Ballard pub Olaf’s doesn’t bill itself as an arcade, but a whole back room full of pinball tables totally qualifies—and makes it a destination for dedicated Seattle pinball players.

6301 24th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Portal Virtual Reality Arcade and Lounge

2601 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

This isn’t an “arcade” in a traditional sense—it’s a much more involved process, with one person at a time occupying a booth (or a couple of people occupying two booths for multiplayer) for a “room-scale VR experience.” There’s also a lounge and some quicker, walk-in games. It’s a little more expensive than a traditional arcade, at $12.95 for 15 minutes in a booth or $4.99 a pop for the faster games. Memberships are available, too.

2601 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Full Tilt Ice Cream Ballard

5453 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Each of Full Tilt’s four locations feature multiple arcade cabinets and pinball tables, plus, of course, ice cream. This is one of the all-ages venues on the list, although they still totally serve beer.

5453 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

5. The Ice Box

615 NW Bright St, Seattle, WA 98107

Named for its location at the former Allied Ice facility—it even took up its penguin logo—Fremont’s Ice Box has more than 30 pinball tables, plus some vintage cabinets. The goal is to have around 100 tables at some point. This spot is all-ages.

615 NW Bright St
Seattle, WA 98107

6. 4Bs

4300 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107

The Ballard Grill and Alehouse is above all else a neighborhood dive—but their staggering selection of pinball machines outpaces several other spots on this list. They also host pool tournaments and have a cheap burger special.

4300 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107

7. Add-A-Ball

315 N 36th St #2b, Seattle, WA 98103

Add-A-Ball is tucked away in a basement in Fremont, and is a maze lined with pinball tables, arcade cabinets, and other games. There’s more space to stand and play than sit and drink, so while it’s technically an arcade bar, it captures a lot of that nostalgic arcade feeling. Just grungier.

315 N 36th St #2b
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Full Tilt Ice Cream Capitol Hill

328 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Like other locations in the local Full Tilt chain, the Capitol Hill location features pinball and arcade cabinets, with ice cream and beer on the side.

328 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

9. Raygun Lounge

501 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

While this is more of a tabletop destination at heart, we’d be remiss not to include the increasingly arcadey Raygun Lounge on this list. Between rounds of your favorite board games, mix it up with rounds of Street Fighter II or any of several other cabinets and pinball tables.

501 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Narwhal

1118 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

The basement bar counterpart to the Unicorn has a large back area full of pinball—including the old-timey kind—plus skee ball, a few cabinets, and a claw machine full of offbeat (and sometimes adult) items.

1118 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Shorty's

2222 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

This Coney Island-themed Belltown dive is a Seattle institution, known for its room full of pinball tables, selection of hot dogs, and creepy circus music piped into the bathrooms.

2222 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

12. Jupiter Bar

2126 2nd Ave Suite A, Seattle, WA 98121

Jupiter Bar, the much-hyped collaboration between artist Joe Nix and John John’s Gameroom owner Jeff Rogers, has a game room full of pinball tables and cabinets, plus plenty of seating in the front—and a nook with new 10-player collaborative cabinet Killer Queen.

2126 2nd Ave Suite A
Seattle, WA 98121

13. GameWorks

1511 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

This national arcade chain’s gigantic Seattle location is still going strong at Seventh Avenue and Pike Street. In addition to lots of flashy, new arcade games, they also have an esports area with consoles and PCs. While they have a full bar along with a restaurant, it’s still all-ages until 10 p.m.

1511 7th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

14. Pier 57 Miners landing

1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

This waterfront arcade is a shadow of its former self since a Pier 57 remodel—the previous arcade had been family-run for 20 years, and they left after their lease ran out. There’s no more tickets-for-prizes, and the entire game selection has been sequestered to a small nook in the long hall to the food court and carousel.

But it does have NBA Jam, a giant Pac-Man game, and a cabinet with three versions of Street Fighter II, so it’s not nothing. (There’s also still a small shooting gallery behind the carousel.)

1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101

15. Seattle Pinball Museum

508 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

This one’s relatively self-explanatory: This International District spot is where you go for the largest pinball selection in the city. It started out as a three-month activation project through the Storefronts Seattle program in 2010 and has been running ever since.

This is one of those all-ages options, although kids need to be seven or older to play.

508 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

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16. Vidiot

4210 SW Admiral Way, Seattle, WA 98116

This hidden bar in West Seattle is overflowing with cabinets—many vintage, but a few custom-built multicades—plus plenty of pinball tables and even space for LAN parties. They even fit in some Crazy Taxi (and some other driving cabinets) and DDR.

It’s where the Benbow Room used to be. They even kept the pirate mural.

4210 SW Admiral Way
Seattle, WA 98116

17. Full Tilt Ice Cream Columbia City

5041 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Full Tilt’s Columbia City location is a little lighter on the arcade equipment than the others, but it’s similar—and also kid-friendly.

5041 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

18. Flip Flip Ding Ding!

6012 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

This divey Georgetown arcade bar is heavy on the pinball—as its name implies—but it has some cabinets too.

6012 12th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

19. Full Tilt Ice Cream White Center

9629 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Full Tilt’s flagship location in White Center is much like the others on the list: A kid-friendly joint with ice cream, pinball, and cabinets where you can still have a beer.

9629 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

20. 8-Bit Arcade Bar

916 S 3rd St, Renton, WA 98057

Head just south of Seattle to Renton for 8-Bit, featuring not just pinball—Seattle loves pinball!—but, appropriate to the name, a bunch of retro cabinets, too.

916 S 3rd St
Renton, WA 98057

21. Waterland Arcade and Sandbar

22306 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA 98198

Waterland Arcade in Des Moines has some classic, old-school pinball tables, arcade cabinets, skee-ball, and even console games.

22306 Marine View Dr S
Des Moines, WA 98198

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