by Joanna Citrinbaum, 01/23/2013
Ace Bar. Photo: Phil Kline
If you've played the silver ball from SoHo down to Brighton (Beach), you already know where to find the City's best pinball bars. Satellite Lounge in Williamsburg scores points for having seven—count 'em, seven—machines: AC/DC, FunHouse, Spider-Man, Theatre of Magic, Batman: The Dark Knight and the limited-edition Avatar and Transformers games. (But that's as of press time—the options change often.) The drinking den hosts a Monday-night pinball league, which starts at the end of February and lasts for 10 weeks. Teams represent about a dozen bars, and the top scorers receive trophies. Pinball fans also race full tilt to Carroll Gardens' Bar Great Harry to play its Medieval Madness, The Lord of the Rings and Twilight Zone games. You probably wouldn't think a place with "billiards" in its name is a destination for pinball wizards, but Amsterdam Billiards is home to Family Guy, Playboy and The Sopranos machines. And Skee-Ball stalwart Ace Bar features 24 and The Rolling Stones pinball games. (Don't be intimidated by the latter—victory is right under your thumbs.) But these aren't the only flipper-friendly venues in NYC; check out this comprehensive game guide if you really want to play a mean pinball.