This post is part of an ongoing series that highlights some cool things about the regions covered on the site. It was written by our Los Angeles regional admin, Edgar.
Downtown Riverside is much like any Downtown area: museums, antique stores, curious statues and land marks. But, on the south side of University Avenue, between Market and Orange streets, sits a little pinball oasis: Lake Alice Trading Company Saloon & Eatery.
The machines are operated by a highly ranked IFPA player and the site is used weekly in an IFPA sanctioned league. Typically, the machines are working and level. They are rotated regularly, usually coinciding with the start of a new league season, and you always get a range of games from different eras of pinball’s past and present.
As of the time of this writing, their lineup is:
- Cue Ball Wizard
- Medieval Madness
- Scared Stiff
- Surf ’N Safari
The location is a bar/restaurant that welcomes kids until 7PM. Parking along the street just outside on the weekends and after 5PM on weekdays is free, and about dollar an hour all other times. Occasionally there are also vids, a Foosball table, and other amusements to feed your quarters into. The pins are past the TV wall, towards the back to the right. Order food and drink from a table nearby so you can re-fuel and go right back to flippin’.
Solid working games, lots of variety, and easy access to food – what more do you need? Check them out at 3616 University Ave in Riverside, just West of the 91. Check out the Inland Empire Pinball Association at their website: http://www.iepinball.com.