When I gave Belltown's Shorty's Seattle Weekly'sBest Place to Play Pinball award earlier this year, I said the prize would have gone to the Seattle Pinball Museum instead if it ever "lucked its way into a liquor license." Well, egg on my face. Because it turns out that the International District's Pantheon to Pinball has been serving beer for a few weeks now. And luck had nothing to do with it.
According to Charlie Martin, who runs the museum with his wife Cindy, the license wasn't too difficult to get. And once the couple had it in hand, they began offering bottles of Tsingtao, Red Hook, Pacifico, Bud, and Bud Light to go with their more than 30 vintage machines.
A decent selection of beer doesn't make the museum a better bet for flipper fanatics than Shorty's, which also offers a great atmosphere and one of the city's best Chicago-style veggie dogs. But Martin says that's just fine by him.
"We aren't looking to start a tavern that just so happens to have pinball machines," he says. "We just want a pinball museum that just so happens to have beer for thirsty people."