Pinball Locator

During the past couple of months I have played a relatively high amount of pinball. But I’m hampered by a very shallow knowledge of where to play pinball. In fact I’m only aware of one decent place to do so.

Today during my daily websurfing I found that some places have websites where you can locate pinball machines in a given city. It’s a valuable service, but all this database driven, fancy schmancy web stuff is not really consistent with New Orleans’ position as a luddite city.. so I suggest that we just maintain this blog posting as a resource for pinball machine location. If it proves popular, perhaps I will create a standalone website to log New Orleans pinball machines. I don’t suspect it will be a very long list.

Anyway, my sole entry is Mick’s Irish Pub at 4801 Bienville Street. They have three machines; Circus Voltaire, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and Fish Tales. Cost is 25 cents per play.

If you have information to contribute, do so in the comments section. Gracias.

11 Comments so far

  1. Paul p (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

    There used to be one at Bruno’s. There are several in Fat City, I’m sure. There used to be a place on Airline by thrift city in metairie where you could buy them. I think it was Lucky coin/AMA disributors. I think it moved after the storm. I have been to almost every bar in the city, but I cannot recall seeing them at too many places. Does Igor’s have one? I could sware that Cooter Brown’s has one or two, but I haven’t been there in a while.

    My old workplace had two, and they sold them to some guy after the storm for $50. I could have killed them for not selling them to me. They were from the early eighties. Most places have those Megatouch machines now as apposed to the bulky pinball machines. I am a big fan of the Pinball. It’s nice to see other people feel the need for the mega multi-ball bonus.

    I know Delgado had a few in their student union, but you’ll need to swipe a student I.D. from somebody to get in. They had a really cool one called Monster Mash.

    Unfortunately, I think you may have to wander into a suburban mall or a movie theatre to see anything new. I want the star wars trilogy machine, but I believe it is going for around five thousand. Good Luck!

  2. Paul p (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 4:47 pm

    I know you probably don’t go out there much, but I know the fun arcade on Veteran’s in Metairie has a ton of games, including pinball. It’s right when you come from New Orleans and enter Jefferson on the river side. It’s right next to Dorignac’s grocery store.

  3. Jack Ware (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

    Does The Saint still have a pinball machine? I haven’t been in a while but they used to. Isn’t there an arcade down on Chartres Street abou a half block off Canal?

  4. Kimmie (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

    Parasol’s just got a new one, we watched them take the old Playboy machine out the other day

  5. Cornbread1534 (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 12:49 pm

    If you can stomach the music, I think the Goldmine down on Dauphine has several.

  6. Mike Cousins (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

    Hey guys – I moved from New Orleans to Prairieville after Katrina – mainly to put my kids back in school. Anyway, I collect, repair, and restore pinballs and arcade cabinets. I’ve got several friends in New Orleans who also collect games. One of the BEST places to play games is at the Gold Mine on dauphine street in the french quarter. It’s one block from bourbon st and Dave, the owner, has a great collection of classic games. He’s got an attack from mars pin and a spiderman pin, along with 30+ arcade cabinets (I just helped him out with an original star wars cabinet – sweet!)

    anyway – I’ve got 15 or so working pins and 20+ project pins in storage here in Prairieville. If anyone needs pin repair service or is interested in buying a custom multi arcade cabinet, email me…


  7. Dan F (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

    I love pinball too- Use to play the Jurassic Park all te time- Dino came out and ate the ball – yeah Im a 5 yr old. See ya at the Goldmine- Is that a gay bar?

  8. Carl (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

    I always preferred pinball machines over video games.

    For years there used to be a place on the beach in Panama City Beach, Florida that had a very large number of old coin-operated games in working order. Most of them from the 60’s and early 70’s. The majority were pinball machines while some were the old style mechanical baseball games or steel shot shooter games. They were all housed in a metal building where all the sides could be opened like large garage doors. The owner of the place was some local millionare who collected the things but rather than warehouse them in a private collection, he put them in this building on U.S. Highway 98 (known in Panama City Beach as “Front Beach Road”) where people could actually play them. And he kept them at 1960’s/70’s prices. 5 plays for a quarter or something like that. It remained there until the early 90’s. I don’t know if the guy died or sold off the collection but it closed down unexpectedly and never reopened. The land eventually was sold and like a lot of property at Panama City Beach, went condo.

    If I ever won the lotto here in Florida, I’d love to get a couple of coin-op pinball machines. A couple modern and a couple from the early 70’s (especially if I could locate the old “Tommy” pinball game like the one in the bowling alley in Cleveland, MS when I was a kid).

  9. Chris (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 9:14 am

    Pal’s has a Sopranos machine.

  10. Jonathan (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

    I have a 1975 Bally Wizard machine that I absolutely cherish. I am in a desperate need of a local repair person to help me out. If anyone knows someone that can help please email me at

  11. Mike Cousins (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    I REPAIR PINBALL MACHINES and other old coin op machines. IN NEW ORLEANS AND BATON ROUGE. I also BUY and SELL machines when I have them.

    I also build and sell CUSTOM MULTI-GAME ARCADE CABINETS.

    IF you need pinball or arcade help email me …

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