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Beer and pinnies: can there be a better way to spend a couple of hours? We think not

Courthouse Hotel


For sheer number of machines, you just can't beat the Courthouse and its whopping eight tables. They even have their own room, which looks like something you would have seen at Timezone back in the day. Tables range from the new (Transformers, AC/DC) to the classics (Theatre of Magic, Star Trek TNG, Fish Tales). It's also home to the biggest-selling pinball of all time: the Addams Family. Games start at $1 per credit on the older machines, and $2 for the newer ones. 

Town Hall Hotel


Right beside Newtown train station, the Townie holds infrequent pinball tournaments on its three ever-changing tables. Expect to find Family Guy, Road Show and the ahead-of-its-time Revenge From Mars, one of only two tables produced under the Pinball 2000 brand. Games range from $2-$3 per credit. 

Gymea Hotel


It's a bit farther afoot, but the Gymea Hotel’s blend of space, modern furnishings and some great pinball tables make it a must-go destination. Choose between Lord of the Rings or Fish Tales for your silver ball fix…that is, if you can tear yourself away from their Street Fighter II machine.

Bath Arms Hotel


Situated along Parramatta Road, the Bath Arms doesn't care about flashiness or what's trendy: it's just a straight-up old fashioned pub pinball experience. If you venture out into the beer garden, you'll find Corvette and Monopoly awaiting your challenge for $1 a go. Surprisingly, Monopoly translates to pinball pretty well. 

The Warren View Hotel


Home to a brand-spanking new AC/DC table and a not-so-new, but meticulously maintained, Monster Bash, the Warren View is one of many locations taking part in this year's Australian National AC/DC Pinball Championship. If you can get a high score on the table by the end of the qualifying period, you'll be in the running to win the machine. But then you won't need to go to any of these places... 

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