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Seattle has a thriving pinball and vintage arcade bar scene.
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12 Seattle Bars With Fun Activities

Enjoying your favorite brews is even better with an arcade, mini golf, or a game of bocce ball

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Seattle has a thriving pinball and vintage arcade bar scene.
| Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images

It’s probably because of the weather that Seattleites are experts at having fun indoors. You don’t have to look far for neighborhood bars that host fun activities like pinball, vintage arcade games, bocce ball, bowling, and mini golf.

Check out pinball bar Shorty’s in Belltown, Rhein Haus on Capitol Hill for bocce ball, or try your hand at throwing sharp objects at Blade & Timber. Popular West Seattle spot Admiral Pub offers Skee-Ball and darts as well as pinball, and South Lake Union’s Art Marble 21 has a dedicated game room all its own.

Here’s 12 Seattle bars with fun activities, listed from West to East. Know a place that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing seattle@eater.com.

For more, check out our list of 18 Essential Seattle Bars.

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Admiral Pub

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This laid-back hub of West Seattle’s Admiral neighborhood has a little something for everyone. Here, games are on the big screen every day, along with weekly events like karaoke, bingo, trivia, and drag shows. The Admiral has 15 pinball machines and other games like Skee-Ball and darts.

The Ice Box Arcade

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Did someone say Pinball Tournament? They might have been talking about Ice Box Arcade, a destination for the pinball community due to its impressive line up of machines (over 30 new and vintage, from a recent count). Ice Box is truly a charmer: dog friendly, with an outdoor beer garden, live music, DJs, and karaoke events. In addition to pinball, there’s also vintage arcade games, air hockey, and billiards. Open every day from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., it’s all-ages until 8 p.m.

Coindexter's

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This Greenwood bar serves up burgers, wings, tots, and creative cocktails, as well as pinball, Killer Queen, and plenty of vintage arcade games like Mario Kart and Street Fighter. Coindexter’s has a monthly pinball tournament and weekly Killer Queen meetup.

Add-A-Ball

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A pinball and vintage arcade paradise in an old scooter repair shop, Fremont’s Add-A-Ball is tucked away in an alley across the street from Brouwer’s Cafe. The place tends to get packed, but it’s worth grabbing a cheap beer and waiting for your favorite game to open up. Good Shape Pizza was a recent pop-up here.

Shorty's

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This 25-year-old Belltown institution is Seattle’s original pinball bar. Clown and Coney Island themed, its outdoor patio draws a cross section of locals, bike messengers, and industry folks. Inside, booth tables are made from vintage pinball machines. There’s Skee-Ball, a claw machine, four player Pac-Man, and other video games in addition to pinball. Fuel up with one of Shorty’s hot dogs or boozy smoothies.

Jupiter Bar

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Co-owned by muralist Joey Nix, Jupiter is a Belltown art bar that also has a back room full of pinball machines, video games, and a billiard table. Food is by Situ Tacos, a Lebanese-Mexican pop-up known for delicious crunchy tacos.

Art Marble 21

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Catering to professionals in South Lake Union, this bar and restaurant has a lounge on the first floor perfect for watching sports, and the loft upstairs is great for groups or private events. Art Marble 21 also has a dedicated game room with shuffleboard, bocce ball, and billiards.

Flatstick Pub - South Lake Union

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Flatstick has four Washington locations, all centered on local beer, mini golf, and other games like Duffleboard and Ball Jockey. It’s perfect for groups or birthday parties. There’s a Flatstick in Pioneer Square as well as South Lake Union; the latter features the art of local muralist Ryan “Henry” Ward. Each location has weekly events like trivia and bingo nights.

Blade & Timber - Seattle Axe Throwing

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Blade & Timber created a whole new business around axe throwing. The Kansas-based company opened a location in Capitol Hill in 2019 and obtained a liquor license in 2021. Blade & Timber only serves beer, and has a two-drink limit while throwing axes. Some grab-and-go foods are available, and guests can bring in outside food.

With 20 bowling lanes and 25 billiard tables, Garage is the place for bowling leagues, tournaments, and group events. Garage serves up comfort classics like burgers, wings, and party drinks like the Watermelon Large Marge with tequila and watermelon puree.

Unicorn

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Carnival-themed and whimsical, Capitol Hill’s Unicorn bar is a destination for karaoke, drag bingo (and brunch), trivia and more. Narwal, the downstairs bar, has a stage, photo booth, pinball arcade and claw machine stocked with adult novelties.

Rhein Haus Seattle

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This Capitol Hill spot for beers, brats, and all things Bavarian also has another draw: bocce ball. With six courts, including five indoors, courts are available via reservations or on a walk-in basis. Find out more on Rhein Haus’ official bocce webpage.

Admiral Pub

This laid-back hub of West Seattle’s Admiral neighborhood has a little something for everyone. Here, games are on the big screen every day, along with weekly events like karaoke, bingo, trivia, and drag shows. The Admiral has 15 pinball machines and other games like Skee-Ball and darts.

The Ice Box Arcade

Did someone say Pinball Tournament? They might have been talking about Ice Box Arcade, a destination for the pinball community due to its impressive line up of machines (over 30 new and vintage, from a recent count). Ice Box is truly a charmer: dog friendly, with an outdoor beer garden, live music, DJs, and karaoke events. In addition to pinball, there’s also vintage arcade games, air hockey, and billiards. Open every day from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., it’s all-ages until 8 p.m.

Coindexter's

This Greenwood bar serves up burgers, wings, tots, and creative cocktails, as well as pinball, Killer Queen, and plenty of vintage arcade games like Mario Kart and Street Fighter. Coindexter’s has a monthly pinball tournament and weekly Killer Queen meetup.

Add-A-Ball

A pinball and vintage arcade paradise in an old scooter repair shop, Fremont’s Add-A-Ball is tucked away in an alley across the street from Brouwer’s Cafe. The place tends to get packed, but it’s worth grabbing a cheap beer and waiting for your favorite game to open up. Good Shape Pizza was a recent pop-up here.

Shorty's

This 25-year-old Belltown institution is Seattle’s original pinball bar. Clown and Coney Island themed, its outdoor patio draws a cross section of locals, bike messengers, and industry folks. Inside, booth tables are made from vintage pinball machines. There’s Skee-Ball, a claw machine, four player Pac-Man, and other video games in addition to pinball. Fuel up with one of Shorty’s hot dogs or boozy smoothies.

Jupiter Bar

Co-owned by muralist Joey Nix, Jupiter is a Belltown art bar that also has a back room full of pinball machines, video games, and a billiard table. Food is by Situ Tacos, a Lebanese-Mexican pop-up known for delicious crunchy tacos.

Art Marble 21

Catering to professionals in South Lake Union, this bar and restaurant has a lounge on the first floor perfect for watching sports, and the loft upstairs is great for groups or private events. Art Marble 21 also has a dedicated game room with shuffleboard, bocce ball, and billiards.

Flatstick Pub - South Lake Union

Flatstick has four Washington locations, all centered on local beer, mini golf, and other games like Duffleboard and Ball Jockey. It’s perfect for groups or birthday parties. There’s a Flatstick in Pioneer Square as well as South Lake Union; the latter features the art of local muralist Ryan “Henry” Ward. Each location has weekly events like trivia and bingo nights.

Blade & Timber - Seattle Axe Throwing

Blade & Timber created a whole new business around axe throwing. The Kansas-based company opened a location in Capitol Hill in 2019 and obtained a liquor license in 2021. Blade & Timber only serves beer, and has a two-drink limit while throwing axes. Some grab-and-go foods are available, and guests can bring in outside food.

Garage

With 20 bowling lanes and 25 billiard tables, Garage is the place for bowling leagues, tournaments, and group events. Garage serves up comfort classics like burgers, wings, and party drinks like the Watermelon Large Marge with tequila and watermelon puree.

Unicorn

Carnival-themed and whimsical, Capitol Hill’s Unicorn bar is a destination for karaoke, drag bingo (and brunch), trivia and more. Narwal, the downstairs bar, has a stage, photo booth, pinball arcade and claw machine stocked with adult novelties.

Rhein Haus Seattle

This Capitol Hill spot for beers, brats, and all things Bavarian also has another draw: bocce ball. With six courts, including five indoors, courts are available via reservations or on a walk-in basis. Find out more on Rhein Haus’ official bocce webpage.

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