Pinball is the sexiest game, what with all that fingerplay and thrusting of the hips. In recognition of same, here’s where you can get your tilt on in this city.
The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave. A new pinball machine shoots into this two-storey watering hole every month to placate regulars who’ve beaten the high score and are looking for a new challenge. Currently on offer? James Cameron’s Avatar.
Motel, 1235 Queen St. W. This dimly lit, sparsely adorned Parkdale bar has among its no-frills offerings a single pinball machine that as many of the patrons claim to be rigged as do addictive.
Rivoli Café and Club, 334 Queen St. W. The pinball machine at this Queen West landmark, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, has long been a draw for boozers looking to spell a billiards match or give their twitching digits a workout. Find it above the restaurant on the second floor, keeping company with 11 vintage pool tables.
Pegasus, 3478 Danforth Ave and 489B Church St. There are two pinball machines in this second-floor bar celebrated for its gay-friendly atmosphere and ready game of pool: Family Guy and Batman Returns. Management keeps a hold on the riotous volume of the machines so it doesn’t drown out the background music.
The Done Right Inn, 861 Queen St. W. This Trinity Bellwoods standard attracts a slew of locals with its pinball machine fixture, at the end of the bar beside the stairs down to the john. When the regulars complain about the thing breaking down or getting too easy, management rolls in a replacement. Right now it’s The Rolling Stones.
Unlovable, 1415B Dundas St. W. Visit this subterranean Beaconsfield Village haunt for reasonably priced drinks, a comely 20-something clientele, a packed house, a rocking jukebox and a way-cool free Star Wars pinball machine (along with the bonus of a bonus tabletop Pac Man video game)