View Full Version : A brief dissertation on low life pubs and pinball

10th May 2004, 09:25
Yesterday afternoon one spent a happy 90 minutes in an especially low-life pub on the Woolwich Road, SE London. The pub is full of villains, characters selling dodgy meat, DVDs etc and generally not the sort of folk one is used to socialising with.

So why do I got this pub?

Pinball. That's why.

It's the only pub near me with a pinball machine. I love the machines. I remember when seemingly every bar in Paris had one. Sadly 'les flippers' are on the decline even there.

Any there any other pinball wizards out there?

PS - The noise of the machine I use does not disturb drinkers. Not with Kylie belting out her stuff at a billion watts.....

10th May 2004, 09:41
I used to be but unfortunately I can't find a machine to play. I chose my local a few years ago for exactly the same reason (and it sounds not disimilar; you could play pinball while negotiating on a dodgy vcr). :hmm: Used to be great fun taking on the local yoof (that old git can't know how to..... oh!). Then the machine was removed 'temporarily' to make way for a football game for the world cup (about 5 years ago). :* And never came back. :}

Never found another pub with one since - and by god I've looked hard. In many pubs.

10th May 2004, 09:49
Ever since I was a young boy I've played the silver ball. From Soho down to Brighton, I must have played them all. But I ain't seen nothing like him, in any amusement hall. That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball.

But I can't find a machine either except on my new Dell Lattitude laptop. 1000 and the first thing I do is make sure there's a real good high score!

10th May 2004, 10:10
Sorry, Miserlou, the buttons don't have the same feel, you can't get the same noise and vibration feedback and, most importantly, you can't shake a laptop when the ball is going out - while trying to just outsmart the tilt mechanism.

(I remember a machine I used to play where the tilt mechanism was so bad you could lift the back legs several inches off the floor. One game would last until boredom set in - usually a couple of hours).

10th May 2004, 13:17
My uncle used to fix them. He had several at my grandma's house along with old Galaga and Space Invader machines. (This was obviously in the early 80's). It was great. We'd go over there and play pinball or space invaders to our heart's content. My grandpa used to fix poker machines too. Heaven :D
Our nan was run over in a drink drive accident and broke a lot of bones. After a while she was allowed out of hospital and she used a frame to shuffle herself around. This was perfect for playing pinball. She could prop herself up and play away happily for hours (for free). Occassionally she get bored of that machine and shuffle up the road to the local milk bar and play those machines. The expressions on the local kids was priceless :D

10th May 2004, 14:33
If ya can't look after burself ur alone:{

10th May 2004, 14:39
I'll have a pint of what hamasandtahini had please....:confused:

Biggles Flies Undone
10th May 2004, 14:42
Make that two..... :sad:

Boss Raptor
10th May 2004, 19:26
I go to an illegal drinking club in the front of someone's house... now they even have a 'beer garden' set up out the back...police know and stay clear

Loads of character all the local characters including some of the heavies and nutters but the company is great and never had any trouble and always been welcomed and accepted...1 a large can or double spirits

Funny thing is I think if I was ever in trouble around the town the people I know would help me out :ok:

11th May 2004, 08:50
The Sportsmans, Horfield appears to be the only pub in Bristol with a pinball machine, it is also a bit of a dive.
angels, where abouts on the Woolwich road are you talking, I may know it.

12th May 2004, 17:05
Oh good grief, I used to know every pub in Newcastle that had one. Remember walking three miles each way to the nearest to save the bus fare because all I had in my pocket was 3/-, enough for a pint and three games (hopefully plus replays).

I could even describe the game. Jeezus what a sad git.

12th May 2004, 21:56
Nightstopped Blackpool a while back + went in every single amusement arcade looking for them. Of all the arcades, only 1 had any in - a total of 3, and 2 of them were unplayable:{
at least it was the South Park themed table, superb!!

13th May 2004, 08:07
Under-exposed. The pub is the Pickwick. The only redeeming feature to it (apart from the pinball machine) is Peter's fish and chip emporium next door.

The plaice there is superb, but you have to wait while they do it. Hence the fact I stumbled upon the pinball machine while having a 'swift half' waiting for the fish....