Woo hoo! Last Saturday approximately 15 pinball/bike riding fans rolled out of the shop and hit the streets to go in search of some fun. Led by our staff pinball wizard Miles, we hit the road en-masse on our way to four stops around the city.
We left the shop and headed east, through the quiet streets and mansions of Irvington, our longest ride of the tour. On the edge of the Laurelhurst neighborhood we found our first stop, Red Flag. The fact that’s it’s a relatively new bar with four pinball machines goes to show how popular pinball still is.
Keeping right on schedule we hopped back on our steel steeds and shot the short distance to our next stop, The Standard. Another newish bar, The Standard is tucked cozily away off the main drag of Burnside. Once you pass through the patio into the bar you’re greeted by five gleaming machines of pinball beautaceausness!
After several quarters worth of ‘balling we tackled the deepening gloom with one thought in our heads, donuts! Past the former headquarters of Jantzen swimwear we pedaled at top speed to reach the second incarnation of that purveyor of deep fried delights, Voodoo II. The line was so long we had to take turns standing in line and playing games. A few pinheads even decided to try their skills at the bubble hockey table. Lucky, lucky Laura (she of the “Bile” t-shirt) actually got the VERY LAST Bacon Maple Bar! Now that’s some good ju-ju!
Stomachs fortified by dough and heads buzzing from sugar we rode through the Lloyd district back to our own dear neighborhood and into our last stop Billy Ray’s Neighborhood Dive. When was the last time you visited a bar set in an old house with the entire second floor devoted to pinball? That’s right, we moved in, took over and ‘balled until we were spent. (Bonus, the Blazers beat the Mavericks on the tv behind us).
In time, some pinners moved reluctantly on to other pursuits while others were still pounding the flippers way into the wee hours.
Great tour everyone thanks for coming!
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